Stocks Up, Stocks Down for Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects for Week 14

Zachary KruegerCorrespondent IIJuly 8, 2013

Stocks Up, Stocks Down for Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects for Week 14

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    As another week of baseball comes to a close, the Texas Rangers have several players in their organization who have seen their stocks rise or fall.  Interestingly enough, with Jurickson Profar having established himself with the Rangers' big league club, there is a new player who is now considered to be the organization's top prospect.

    How has this past week affected the rise and fall of of Texas' top 10 prospects this week?  Read on to find out.

     

    All stats and info courtesy of MiLB.com and ESPN.com unless noted otherwise.

     

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No. 10 Prospect: SP Luke Jackson, Single-A Myrtle Beach

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    2013 Stats:  

    15 GS, 8-4, 2.48 ERA, 36 BB, 82 K, 76.1 IP

     

    Luke Jackson made just one appearance this past week for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on July 4.  The 10th-rated prospect in the Rangers' organization pitched six innings for the Pelicans, giving up three earned runs while striking out eight, and walking only two batters.

    Three earned runs over six innings pitched is considered to be a quality outing, and his eight strikeouts over that span is pretty impressive.  He only allowed four hits during his start against the Winston-Salem Dash, holding them to a .200 average on the day.

    Jackson is one of three pitchers ranked in the top 10 of the Rangers' organization, but this season he is pitching like an absolute stud.  Don't be surprised to see the 21-year-old righty continue his dominance at the Single-A level.

     

    Last Week's Stats: 

    1 GS, 1-0, 4.50 ERA, 2 BB, 8 K, 6 IP

     

    Stock: Up

No. 9 Prospect: RF Nomar Mazara, Single-A Hickory

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    2013 Stats:

    .244/.325/.708, 16 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 37 RBI, 31 R

     

    Nomar Mazara has struggled this season playing for the Single-A Hickory Crawdads, the lower level of Single-A ball in the Rangers' organization.  Unfortunately for Mazara, his struggles continued into this past week.

    Last week Mazara went 5-for-21 at the plate, driving in only two runs, and hitting only one extra base hit, a double.  He also failed to draw a walk last week and struck out out seven times, good for one third of his at-bats.

    Mazara has a long way to go before getting a shot in the majors.  However if he can display a bit more patience at the plate, and cut down on his strikeouts, he could get promoted to Single-A Myrtle Beach.

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    5-for-21, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R

     

    Stock: Down

No. 8 Prospect: 2B Rougned Odor, Single-A Myrtle Beach

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    2013 Stats:

    .291/.361/.806, 26 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 42 RBI, 50 R, 23 SB

     

    Rougned Odor has been a highly productive player for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans this season.  The eighth-best prospect in Texas' organization struggled a bit this past week, but it shouldn't be enough to completely ruin his stock.

    He went 6-for-27 last week, but he limited himself to just one strikeout, not too bad.  Of his six hits, he managed to leg out two doubles, driving in three runs and stealing two bases. Odor also scored four runs himself, as he continues to be a catalyst on the basepaths.  

    Odor's extra-base hits help keep his value elevated, and his overall production has been fantastic.  Should he continue to produce at the rate he has this season, Odor shouldn't see his stock drop any time soon.

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    6-for-27, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB

     

    Stock: Even

No. 7 Prospect: 3B Joey Gallo, Single-A Hickory

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    2013 Stats:

    .225/.311/.851, 16 2B, 2 3B, 26 HR, 54 RBI, 61 R

     

    Joey Gallo's power has been nothing short of spectacular this season. His 26 home runs currently lead all players on the Hickory Crawdads, and he even made an All-Star appearance this season for the South Atlantic League.

    While Gallo's home run numbers have been high this year, so have his strikeout numbers. He also leads the Crawdads with 135 strikeouts this season, and last week, both his power numbers and strikeout numbers were on display.

    Gallo went 4-for-24 last week for Hickory, but belted three home runs in the process, while driving in nine runs. His best game came on July 2, when he went 2-for-5 with two homers and an incredible seven RBI. 

    Unfortunately for Gallo, he also struck out in almost half his at-bats. Gallo struck out 11 times last week, a number he must drastically cut down on to advance through the minors. Right now he looks like a stereotypical power hitter.

    He can hit the ball out of the park with the best of them, but his strikeout numbers are comparable to guys like Adam Dunn and Mark Reynolds.

    His poor average last week would almost certainly lower his stock, but with his three home runs and nine RBI, he doesn't seem to be any more or less productive than he has been all season.

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    4-for-24, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 R

     

    Stock: Even

No. 6 Prospect: OF Jairo Beras, Arizona League Rangers

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    2013 Stats: 

    .158/.238/.607, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 3 R

     

    The good news for outfielder Jairo Beras is that he is finally eligible to play. After being suspended until July 1 for allegedly lying about his age, Beras suited up this week for the Arizona League (AZL) Rangers.  

    Beras had a decent debut for the AZL Rangers last week. While he only managed three hits, he still drove in four runs and legged out two triples. He struck out five times last week and didn't manage to steal a base, but his two triples are a good indicator of the kind of speed he brings to the table.

    Due to his lack of playing time this season, there is little to comment on about Beras and his performance thus far. It wouldn't be fair to judge Beras' overall stock after his first week in the minors, and he is considered a top prospect for good reason. Let's give Beras a few more weeks before passing judgment on a guy who has only five games under his belt.

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    3-for-19, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 3 R

     

    Stock: Even

No. 5 Prospect: RP Wilmer Font, Triple-A Round Rock

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    2013 Stats w/ Frisco and Round Rock:

    29 G, 2-2, 1.31 ERA, 26 BB, 47 K

     

    Relief pitcher Wilmer Font was recently promoted to the Triple-A Round Rock Express after spending most of the season with Double-A Frisco. Font's promotion is well deserved, after he dominated out of the bullpen for the Frisco RoughRiders.

    After appearing in 26 games for the RoughRiders this season, font posted a 1.41 ERA, striking out 45 hitters while walking 24 over 32 innings pitched.  

    Last week, Font made two appearances for the Round Rock Express. He pitched just 1.2 innings for the Express last week, recording one strikeout while walking two batters.  He allowed a total of two hits, and let one run score, although it was unearned.  

    On the year, Font has held hitters to a remarkable .139 average. His promotion is a clear indication that his stock is on the rise. Having already played in the majors last season for the Rangers, Font could find himself receiving a call up late in the season.

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    2 G, 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 1 K

     

    Stock: Up

No. 4 Prospect: C Jorge Alfaro, Single-A Hickory

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    2013 Stats:

    .263/.334/.792, 16 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 39 RBI, 41 R

     

    Jorge Alfaro has posted a pretty nice season for the Hickory Crawdads so far. Anytime a catcher can hit .263 with 11 home runs, you have to like his potential at the next level.

    Unfortunately for Alfaro, he is currently on the seven-day disabled list and did not suit up last week. Having last played on June 28, Alfaro should be a lock to return this coming week.  

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    DNP

     

    Stock: Even

No. 3 Prospect: SP Cody Buckel, Extended Spring Training

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    2013 Stats: 

    6 G, 5 GS, 0-5, 20.25 ERA, 28 BB, 9 K, 9.1 IP

     

    As it stands right now, Cody Buckel is still participating in an extended spring training with the Rangers' organization.  

    The above stats speak for themselves. Buckel struggled mightily in the minors, which obviously caused enough concern to send him away for help. He allowed 21 earned runs through 9.1 innings this season and struggled to get hitters out.

    Hopefully Buckel will return from his extended training soon, but until then there won't be much of a change in his stock, which is already pretty low.

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    DNP

     

    Stock: Even

No. 2 Prospect: SS Luis Sardinas, Single-A Myrtle Beach

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    2013 Stats:

    .290/.344/.699, 11 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 26 RBI, 54 R, 23 SB

     

    Luis Sardinas is considered to be the second best prospect in Texas' minor league system, but he easily the hottest prospect in the top 10 right now. Sardinas is currently on an eight game hitting streak for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and went 10-for-25 last week.

    Sardinas managed to hit singles in all but one of his at-bats, hitting a double back on July 4. He also walked twice last week and managed to swipe two bases while getting caught stealing twice.  

    For being signed as a non-drafted player back in 2009, Sardinas is making quite the name for himself to be considered the second best player in Texas' minor league system. While he doesn't have much power, he possesses great speed and a knack for putting the ball in play. His recent success could lead to him getting called up to Double-A Frisco any day.

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    10-for-25, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB

     

    Stock: Up

No. 1 Prospect: 3B Mike Olt, Triple-A Round Rock

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    2013 Stats w/ Frisco and Round Rock:

    .207/.303/.702, 13 2B, 9 HR, 25 RBI, 31 R

     

    Mike Olt has done little to impress in the minors this season and continued to struggle last week for the Round Rock Express.

    This past week, Olt went 3-for-22, posting an average of .136 for the week. He failed to homer, and couldn't even drive in a run for the Express. The lone bright spot in Olt's game would be a double he hit last week against the Omaha Storm Chasers.  

    Olt has struck out at least once over the last six games, and struck out a total of 10 times in his 22 at-bats. With Jurickson Profar having established himself with the Rangers, Olt moved from the number two prospect in the organization to the top prospect. Despite what his rankings say, Olt doesn't look to be anywhere close to a promotion to the major league club.

     

    Last Week's Stats:

    3-for-22, 1 2B, 3 R

     

    Stock: Down