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All-Star Break Stock Up, Stock Down for Texas Rangers' Top 10 Prospects

Trey WarrenContributor IIIJuly 14, 2014

All-Star Break Stock Up, Stock Down for Texas Rangers' Top 10 Prospects

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    The last couple weeks were the Texas Rangers’ top 10 prospects’ last shot at impressing before the rankings are updated next week.

    It’s safe to say at this point that the organization will have a completely new look in their top 10. Rougned Odor and Michael Choice have each played at least 52 games with their parent club and won’t be returning to the ranking.

    Most of the prospects will be moving up not just because of the absence of the aforementioned players, but because their play warrants it.

    As I’m sure you know by now, Odor, Choice and Luis Sardinas will not be partaking in the ranking due to their time with the Rangers. Reports will consist of their season stats and whether their stock has fallen or risen since the last report on June 23.

No. 13: RHP Alec Asher, Double-A Frisco

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    Season Stats

    18 GS, 7-8, 101.1 IP, 3.91 ERA, 21 BB, 83 SO

     

    Overview

    After competing with teammate Luke Jackson and others for the Texas League’s best ERA, Alec Asher has faltered over the last month.

    The last time we checked in with the 22-year-old, he had posted a 2.89 ERA. Now his number is 3.91, thanks in large part to his last start in which he gave up nine hits and six earned runs in just two innings. It is the third straight start Asher has given up at least seven hits.

    Not all is bad for the Florida native. He continues to challenge hitters with all four of his pitches and has walked just 10 batters in his last 10 starts.

    A small string of rough starts isn’t going to keep Asher from cracking the top 10. His control and arsenal of pitches still make him a solid candidate for a middle-of-the-rotation spot.

     

    Stock

    Neutral

No. 12: 2B Travis Demeritte, Class-A Hickory

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    Season Stats

    79 G, .235/.330/.498, 12 2B, 2 3B, 19 HR, 46 RBI, 57 R, 35 BB, 109 SO

     

    Overview

    Travis Demeritte is one prospect who struggles to put the bat on the ball but doesn’t disappoint when he does.

    The 2013 first-round pick comfortably leads the South Atlantic League with 19 homers but has also accumulated the fourth-most strikeouts with 109. Demeritte adds to the common theme of high strikeout rates for the Rangers' top position players.

    Once he cuts down on the K’s, the 19-year-old should have a bright future. He is getting a shot at second base this season and is doing fairly well, committing just eight errors in 264 chances. He has gotten some time at third but has struggled mightily in his limited time in the hot corner.

    It is just his first full season as a professional, and he is showing signs of a future threat in the box.

     

    Stock

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No. 11: Nomar Mazara, Class-a Hickory

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    Season Stats

    89 G, .248/.338/.428, 18 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 45 BB, 86 SO

     

    Overview

    Nomar Mazara was in the midst of a hot stretch during the last report and has since cooled off.

    In his last 10 games, the 19-year-old is hitting just .179 with two extra-base hits and 14 strikeouts. Mazara is having his worst statistical month as a Crawdad, posting a .209 batting average after hitting .311 in June.

    However, Mazara does one thing many position players in this organization don’t, and that’s draw walks. His 45 BB lead Hickory and are the fourth most in the South Atlantic League. He also leads the Crawdads in RBI and total bases.

     

    Stock

    Neutral

No. 10: RHP Luke Jackson, Double-A Frisco

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    Season Stats

    18 G, 17 GS, 8-2, 95.1 IP, 3.40 ERA, 29 BB, 100 SO

     

    Overview

    Luke Jackson was promoted to Triple-A and made his first start with the Round Rock Express on June 30.

    Jackson has struggled since the promotion, lasting just 12 innings over three starts while allowing 13 hits and eight earned runs. He looks to be on a short leash considering he hasn’t given up more than three runs or pitched more than five innings in any of the three outings.

    The 22-year-old is still racking up the strikeouts, though. During his last outing on July 10, Jackson struck out eight in just five innings of work. He struck out four in his first start with the Express in only three innings and five in only four innings on July 5.

    Jackson is set to make the biggest move in this ranking. Since the beginning of last season, he has been the Rangers' most consistent prospect, and fans should get their first glimpse of him in Arlington come September.

     

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No. 9: 2B Chris Bostick, High-A Myrtle Beach

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    Season Stats

    87 G, .240/.313/.380, 18 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 51 R, 34 BB, 89 SO

     

    Overview

    Chris Bostick has come on strong this month after hitting just .167 during June.

    He is hitting .294 since July 1 and has already equaled the number of hits he had all of last month. Not only has he been spraying the ball, he has been a thorn on the bases, swiping seven bags in seven attempts over the last two weeks.

    Bostick also continues to hit better with runners on, hitting .280 compared to a .202 batting average with the bases empty.

    The 21-year-old has had a less than stellar year and is looking at an exit from the top 10.

     

    Stock

    Neutral

No. 8: RHP Alex Gonzalez, Double-A Frisco

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    Season Stats

    18 GS, 8-5, 95.2 IP, 2.73 ERA, 23 BB, 73 SO

     

    Overview

    Like Jackson, Alex Gonzalez is another hurler who looks to be getting eased into pitching with his new squad.

    Gonzalez is now seven starts removed from his promotion to Double-A and has yet to go more than 5.1 innings in a start. Only once during that span did he give up more than two earned runs, and twice he was removed while tossing scoreless innings.

    The Oral Roberts product has seen his batting average against (BAA) increase to .297 since the promotion. However, his command continues to be one of his strong suits and still holds a 1.19 WHIP for the season.

    Gonzalez could be making a trip with Jackson come September for a debut. The Rangers are currently 38-57, and it could be a showcase month if things don’t improve over the next two months.

     

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No. 7: OF Nick Williams, High-A Myrtle Beach

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    Season Stats

    73 G, .322/.375/.531, 23 2B, 4 3B, 10 HR, 56 RBI, 51 R, 15 BB, 82 SO

     

    Overview

    Nick Williams is arguably the hottest hitter in the Rangers organization right now, posting a .421 batting average in his last 10 games.

    Williams is feasting on pitches with runners in scoring position, hitting .420 with 46 RBI in that situation. While he continues to be very aggressive at the plate, he is putting more balls in play and hitting for extra bases.

    His aggressiveness hasn’t affected him too much, but Williams will be able to improve his patience at the dish as he moves through the system.

    The 20-year-old continues to challenge Lewis Brinson as the Rangers' best outfield prospect. Williams could see a promotion to Double-A next season, if not by the end of the year.

     

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No. 6: 3B Joey Gallo, Double-A Frisco

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    Season Stats

    85 G, .307/.434/.703, 16 2B, 3 3B, 31 HR, 73 RBI, 73 R, 65 BB, 113 SO

     

    Overview

    Joey Gallo showed fans at the Futures Games what they missed out on last season when he was absent due to an injury.

    The Las Vegas native drove a ball over the 23-foot right-field wall into the second deck, which can be viewed in the video above. That shot put Team USA on top and earned him the game’s MVP award.

    It is nothing new for Gallo, who has been the minor league’s home run king since 2013. Strikeouts are now the only issue for the 20-year-old as he is just 14 hits shy of his total from last season. He is showing better patience and pitch recognition at the dish and is seven homers shy of the Texas League lead in 38 fewer games.

    Like Jackson, Gallo has earned himself a large move up in the top 10. He has the potential to be a future star and threat to any hurler.

     

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No. 5: CF Lewis Brinson, High-A Myrtle Beach

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    Season Stats

    48 G, .333/.399/.554, 9 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 33 RBI, 39 R, 19 BB, 48 SO

     

    Overview

    Injuries have limited Lewis Brinson to just 48 games this season, but he has been impressive during that time.

    Even though he has only 48 games under his belt this season, Brinson’s best number is 48 strikeouts. Considering he tallied 191 in 122 games last season, averaging one per contest would be a huge improvement for the 20-year-old.

    He has some raw power, which has allowed him to nearly match his 16 total dingers from last season in about one-third of the at-bats.

    Brinson is five games into his promotion to High-A Myrtle Beach. Injuries hurt his case for a move up in the rankings, but he will remain in the top 10.

     

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No. 2: C Jorge Alfaro, High-A Myrtle Beach

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    Season Stats

    84 G, .258/.318/.418, 17 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR, 59 RBI, 52 R, 21 BB, 87 SO

     

    Overview

    Jorge Alfaro has been cold as of late, hitting just .167 in his last 10 games.

    The young Colombian got a break from minor league ball and started in the Futures Game on the World team. It could be just what Alfaro needs to get back in the swing of things.

    A promotion should be in Alfaro’s future. While his power numbers aren’t what most would expect, the Pelicans Ballpark is a massive one, and two of the backstop’s 10 bombs have come at home. It most likely won’t be until next season, as some honing behind the plate is still largely required.

    However, the 21-year-old is the catcher of the future for the team from Arlington. The club should be in no rush to hurry the progression of the converted infielder.

     

    Stock

    Neutral

     

    All stats courtesy of MiLB.com

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