Stocks Up, Stocks Down for Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects for Week of June 3

Zachary KruegerCorrespondent IIJune 11, 2013

Stocks Up, Stocks Down for Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects for Week of June 3

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    As another week of baseball comes to a close, the Rangers have a number of prospects whose stocks have gone up or down based on last week's performances.  Of these prospects, many who are considered to be the top 10 in their organization had a chance to improve their stock within the team.  

    Here is a list of how the top 10 prospects within the Rangers' organization fared during last week's set of games.

     

    All stats and info courtesy of baseball-reference.com, MLB.com, MiLB.com, ESPN.com, Star-Telegram.com, BaseballProspectNation.com, and DallasNews.com unless noted otherwise.

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1. Jurickson Profar

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    Team: Texas Rangers

    Position: SS/2B

    2013 Stats (With Rangers): .254 AVG, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 16 R

    Last Week's Stats: 4-26, .141 AVG, 1 R

    The Rangers struggled last week against the Red Sox and Blue Jays, winning two of the six games they played in.  Profar provided little help for the Rangers, as he managed to score just one run, reaching base a total of four times.  

    Profars is in a tough position with the Rangers right now.  He will find himself in a busy infield once Ian Kinsler returns from the disabled list, so he will need to post good numbers to remain in the majors.

    Prior to his struggles last week, Profar was hitting .324 with a .350 on-base percentage over a 10-game stretch.  It's a small sample size to see how Profar could perform upon Kinsler's return, and he appears to have at least two more weeks to boost his stock.  

    A few bounce back performances this week will help his stock when Kinsler does come back, so consider the jury still out on where Profar currently stands with the Rangers.

    Stock:  Down

2. Mike Olt

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    Team: Triple-A Round Rock

    Position: 1B

    2013 Stats: .180 AVG, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 10 R

    Last Week's Stats: 6-27, .222 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI

    Mike Olt has done little on the season to impress the Rangers so far.  The power-hitting first baseman has struggled at the plate, and it continued into this past week.

    Last week was his first set of games at Triple-A Round Rock, since being sent there after a brief stint with Double-A Frisco.  

    Things looked good for Olt in his initial return to Triple-A, as he managed three hits in five plate appearances in his first game, and homered in his second game.  Unfortunately, he was unable to duplicate any of those numbers for the remainder of the week.

    Olt would go on to strikeout a total of seven times in his last 19 plate appearances, and managed only two hits.  

    He is coming back after spending a month out of baseball, meaning it could take him a while to get into the swing of things.  Give Olt some time to work out some of the kinks as he gets back to playing everyday, but his struggles so far could be cause for concern.

    Stock: Even

3. Luis Sardinas

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    Team: Advanced-A Myrtle Beach

    Position: SS

    2013 Stats: .271 AVG, 0 HR, 19 RBI, 36 R

    Last Week: 6-27, .222 AVG, 4 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB

    Luis Sardinas has done a decent job for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans so far this season.  His .271 average is a respectable average for a guy who doesn't hit for much power, and he has 18 stolen bases.

    He struggled a bit last week, although he did manage a hit in five of the Pelicans' seven games.  He has only 10 extra-base hits on the season, including a double that he also hit last week, but his biggest contribution comes on the basepaths.   

    Sardinas swiped two bases last week and managed to score four runs.  His four RBI are a nice stat for a guy who doesn't drive in many runs, and his overall numbers have helped keep his stock relatively high.  

    Stock: Up

4. Cody Buckel

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    Team: Double-A Frisco

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 0-5, 20.25 ERA, 5 GS

    Last Week's Stats:  Unavailable

    The Rangers may not have a player in their minor league system who has struggled more than Cory Buckel.  While he last played for Double-A Frisco, he has actually been participating in an extended spring training since early May.  Just take a look at his numbers and the reasons are obvious.

    Buckel's ERA is through the roof, and he has yet to win a game.  Opposing hitters enjoyed great success off Buckel prior to his extended spring training stint, hitting .303 off of him this season.

    At the moment, it appears that his stock can't get any lower, and he hasn't pitched in any games to raise his stock.  Be on the lookout for news concerning Buckel, and when he could return to the minors later on this year.

    Stock: Even

5. Jorge Alfaro

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    Team: Single-A Hickory

    Position: C

    2013 Stats: .250 AVG, 10 HR, 31 RBI

    Last Week's Stats: 7-26, .269 AVG, 1 HR, 3 RBI

    Jorge Alfaro has been very solid for the Hickory Crawdads this season.  He continued his success with another good performance last week.

    The 20-year-old catcher hit .269, boosting his season average, and recorded at least one hit in every game.  He hit two doubles and one home run, and he continues to be a productive hitter in a lineup that boasts many power threats. 

    Alfaro was also named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game this past week, making him one of six Hickory players to be awarded an All-Star nod.  

    He has a total of 23 extra-base hits this season, and boosted those numbers last week as well.  Look for him to continue his spectacular season and possibly receive a promotion as the season progresses.

    Stock: Up

6. Martin Perez

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    Team: Triple-A Round Rock

    Position: SP

    2013 Stats: 3-2, 4.60 ERA, 6 GS (Between Double-A and Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: 1-0, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 4 BB

    Martin Perez continues to impress since being sent to Triple-A Round Rock.  The lefty pitcher made another strong performance last week against the Iowa Cubs, moving his record with the Express to 3-1.  

    Perez pitched six innings, and while he was a bit inconsistent in walking four batters, he was good enough to get the win.  The lefty has allowed a total of three runs over his last three starts, recording 16 strikeouts over 19 innings.

    Perez could be the next pitcher to be called up to the major league squad if the Rangers need a starter sometime during the season.  His stock continues to be on the rise since arriving at Round Rock.

    Stock: Up

7. Wilmer Font

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    Team: Double-A Frisco

    Position: RP

    2013 Stats: 1-1, 1.44 ERA, 32 K, 20 BB, 3 SV, 20 G

    Last Week's Stats: 2 G, 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB

    Wilmer Font made two relief appearances for the Frisco Rough Riders last week and continued to build on his strong season.

    In those two games, Font pitched a total of two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, and didn't surrender a run.

    The big right-handed pitcher has been a force this season for Double-A Frisco, striking out 32 batters over 25 innings and allowing only four earned runs.  He struggles a bit with control, walking 20 batters this season, but he has been productive thus far.

    Should he be able to get his walks down, he could see a call-up to Triple-A sometime this season.  More performances like last week's will help his status continue to climb.

    Stock: Up

8. Jairo Beras

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    Team: DSL Rangers

    Position: OF

    2013 Stats: None

    Last Week's Stats: None

    There's really not much to say about outfielder Jairo Beras.  Beras was allowed to sign a contract with the Rangers, but has been suspended due to a dispute about his age.

    Beras lied about his age when initially signing with the Rangers, which led to MLB suspending him until July 1 of this year.  

    He will make for an exciting young prospect when he is allowed to begin play.  His scouting report has all the makings of a superstar, with great power potential and speed.  He also possess elite arm strength, which could make him a great right fielder once he begins play in the minors.

    Stock: Even

9. Joey Gallo

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    Team: Single-A Hickory

    Position: 3B

    2013 Stats: .224 AVG, 15 HR, 31 RBI

    Last Week's Stats: 7-27, .259 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI

    Joey Gallo has hit with some ridiculous power for the Hickory Crawdads this season, belting 15 home runs and hitting 13 doubles so far.  He has been a tremendous asset to the Hickory organization in his first full season, and last week's performance was no exception.

    Gallo closed out last week on a four-game hitting streak, posting two hits in three of those games, and three doubles.  He struggles with strikeouts, but he could have had several more hits had he not struck out in 13 of his 27 at-bats last week.  If he can learn to make more consistent contact, he should see his average jump tremendously.  

    Gallo will be joining Jorge Alfaro at the Southern Atlantic League All-Star Game this year, and deservedly so.  You can't help but love his power potential at the next level. Now he just needs to work on improving his contact.  

    Stock: Up

10. Rougned Odor

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    Team: Advanced-A Myrtle Beach

    Position: 2B

    2013 Stats: .281 AVG, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 

    Last Week's Stats: 7-27, .259 AVG, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB

    For a guy who has hit .281 on the season, Rougned Odor struggled just a bit last week.  He wasn't terrible, still managing to get on base five times via the walk, but his hits were a bit down.

    Odor saved his week with a lone three-hit performance, but failed to record a hit in the last three games.  He doesn't strike out much, striking out only seven times last week, and he has a great tendency to draw a walk.  

    His patience is of great value and will hopefully develop as he progresses through the week.  While his week wasn't the worst, considering what he's capable of, Odor saw his stock fall slightly after last week.

    Stock: Down