The Texas Rangers have long been considered to have one of baseball's premier farm systems. It's now time for them to start using it.
This season, the club has been inexplicably ravaged by injuries—earlier this week, first baseman Prince Fielder became player No. 16 to land on the disabled list.
You thought it couldn't get any worse, especially after Fielder missed more than one game in a season for the first time in over five years. But the storm of injuries keeps rolling on, and nothing other than (maybe) the law of averages says there might be an end in sight.
With Fielder down, roughly 40 percent of the Rangers' Opening Day lineup is now on the DL. Not many teams could overcome that on the way to a 26-25 record after 51 games. But then again, not many organizations can boast the minor league talent that Texas can.
Right now, that talent is helping to keep this club afloat in a big way. Some of these guys are being thrown into the fire and are really stepping up. There are also a number of other prospects in the Rangers' system, particularly in the lower levels, who could be earning a promotion soon.
With that said, here is the Week 8 stock report for the Rangers' top 10 prospects. I ranked them numerically in order of their current talent and potential to blossom at the major league level.
Because they are now significant contributors for the Rangers, Michael Choice, Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas are not included on this list.