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SS Jurickson Profar
Profar has shown exactly why he’s the top prospect in all of baseball.
The youngest player in Double-A all season, the 19-year-old has thrived, making easy adjustments without showing any concerning holes in his game. He possesses an above-average hit tool from both sides of the plate that’s highlighted by quick wrists and an advanced feel for the strike zone.
At the time of his call-up to the major leagues, Profar was batting .281/.368/.452 with 135 hits, 26 doubles, seven triples, 14 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 79 strikeouts and 66 walks for Double-A Frisco.
As we all saw in the XM Futures Game, Profar has surprising pop for his size that, when bundled with his quick wrists, could yield 15 to 20 home runs in his prime—possibly even more.
Although his speed only grades out as above average, Profar is an adept base stealer who has been successful in 16 of 20 attempts this season.
His quickness is more noticeable on defense, as Profar has excellent range at shortstop and clean actions through the baseball. He is a plus defender with soft hands and also possesses a strong arm that will allow him to remain at the position.
The top position prospect in the minor leagues, Profar has the potential to be a superstar given his natural ability as a switch-hitter and defensive prowess at short.
While he’s still young and would benefit from more experience, he will spend the final month of the season coming off the Rangers bench, playing both shortstop and second base while receiving the occasional start.
There’s a strong chance that Profar will be included on the team’s postseason roster.
OF Leonys Martin
Signed by the Rangers in 2011 as a free agent, the highly athletic and toolsy outfielder has batted .217/.280/.413 with seven extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts in 25 games with the Rangers between 2011 and 2012.
This season, the 24-year-old is tearing it up at Triple-A with a 1.033 OPS and 10 stolen bases in 55 games.
A left-handed bat with plus speed, his plate discipline is good enough that with enough experience in the major leagues, he should at least hit for a decent average.
RHP Tanner Scheppers
Drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft, Scheppers has never quite met his potential despite possessing a high-90s sinker. In 173.2 minor league innings, the 25-year-old right-hander has posted a 4.15 ERA with 19 saves and a 9.6 K/9.
In 25.2 innings with the Rangers this season, Scheppers owns a 4.56 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9.
LHP Martin Perez
After struggling at Triple-A in 2011, the 21-year-old left-hander took another step back while repeating the level this season.
Some contend that Perez has been rushed through the Rangers system, which is probably true. Although he has a three-pitch mix of at least above-average offerings—his curveball is a legitimate plus pitch—his command has been shaky over the last two seasons.
However, Perez got hot at the right time in July and was promoted to the major leagues in the wake of several injuries on the Rangers staff.
Between two separate stints this season, the left-hander is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 4.5 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 20 innings.
Perez will likely serve as a left-handed option out of the bullpen, and possibly receive a few spot starts over the final month of the season.