As the Texas Rangers currently sit atop the standings in the AL West, the team is once again showing why it is one of the best and most complete organizations in the league. In fact, it has been some of this minor league depth that has allowed Texas to stay competitive despite losing some of its top-tier players in All-Stars, outfielder Josh Hamilton and starting pitcher C.J. Wilson.
The Rangers' roster is full of guys who were brought up within the organization and includes Colby Lewis (1999), Ian Kinsler (2003), Derek Holland (2006), Justin Grimm (2010) and Nick Tepesch (2010). Shortstop standout Jurickson Profar, while not drafted by the team, was signed as an undrafted free agent.
So if the roster is any evidence, Texas has certainly done a very good of selecting talented players in the draft and then developing them into pretty good major leaguers. Not to mention, it was the top prospect of Justin Smoak, (now with the Seattle Mariners) that spearheaded the Rangers being able to acquire Cliff Lee back in 2010.
It is obvious that the Rangers, under the guidance and management of general manager Jon Daniels, have done well for themselves in recent years.
With back-to-back World Series disappointments fresh on the mind, there is no doubt this team is building toward success in 2013.
But before talk of the playoffs or even the All-Star break, the Rangers will look to continue to develop and build up their farm system with fresh talent in this year's MLB amateur player draft. Their standing from last season earned Texas the 23rd overall pick as well as the 30th as compensation for Hamilton choosing to sign with the Los Angeles Angels.
Recent patterns have shown that Texas has leaned toward drafting high school pitchers early in the draft, and there is certainly no shortage of them available this year. The Rangers could also go in the direction of a strong, college outfielder who fits the build of a middle-of-the-lineup hitter.
While the organization has given no indication of what direction it might go, there is no doubt that the Rangers will continue to follow their long-held philosophy of picking the best available player.
Now updated to include each of the Rangers' draft selections.