Future Texas Rangers Star 3
The Rangers made a nice move in acquiring Dane Dunning earlier this winter in exchange for Lance Lynn. It was a move that was very suitable for a rebuilding franchise. And they may just have acquired a bonafide ace.
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Dunning is the #3 prospect in the Ranger’s system and ranks #98 in MLB’s top 100 board. He was good in his 2020 MLB debut with the White Sox. The righty recorded 35 Ks in 34 IP to the tune of a 3.97 ERA.
Dunning doesn’t blow you away with his velocity, but he excels at limiting hard-hit contact with a 5 pitch attack. Additionally, he exhibits great command with his stuff.
Only time will tell if Dunning pans out and the Rangers plucked a star away from Chicago. Dunning is a floor #3 starter in the Rangers rotation moving forward. With good fastball command and a variety of above-average secondary pitches to keep hitters guessing, his ceiling is a bonafide ace with multiple all-star nods headed his way.
Player comp: Kyle Hendricks
Future Texas Rangers Star 4
We got to see a little bit of Sam Huff in 2020 at the big league level. And what we saw showed us that the man can hit the ball… far. He’s the #2 prospect in the Ranger’s system, sandwiched between Jung (#1) and Dunning.
At 6′ 5”, 240 lbs, Huff is an imposing figure in the box for opposing hurlers. He wasn’t promoted until September 10th in 2020, meaning we only saw him in 10 games (33 PA). But in that short time, Huff launched 3 HRs and hit .355. Sam hit 28 HRs in 2019 while splitting time between the Class A and Class A+ levels.
He takes an aggressive approach to the batter’s box. Of course, this could mean he becomes a player with a high K rate. That being said, Huff is a guy who could easily knock 35+ HRs per season.
Most figure Huff to be promoted up the majors this year. We could be looking at a Mike Piazza-like hitting catcher here, folks.
Player comp: Mitch Garver