As is commonly recognized throughout Rangers nation, the current front office has a dismal record when it comes to drafting and developing major league players.
Hopefully, with the addition of Chris Young to work under Jon Daniels, that can change. Hopefully, Young can bring success to what has up until now been a failed effort.
With that in mind, and with absolutely nothing else going on in Rangerland, and with the temperatures hovering around zero degrees, here’s an article from mlb.com’s Kennedi Landry about the five most successful Rangers homegrown drafts.
Of course, nobody drafted since 2006 makes the list. The nominees were a scarce anyway: Derek Holland, Joey Gallo, Chris Davis, Mitch Moreland, Mike Olt.
Landry’s list included some of the most beloved Rangers of all time: Rusty Greer, drafted in 1990, Jim Sundberg in 1972, Ian Kinsler in 2003, Mark Teixeira in 2002, and Kenny Rogers in 1982.
While the current Rangers farm system is ranked in the bottom half, and even lower, by most publications that rate such a thing, there are glimmers of hope that a few more recent draft picks might, finally, materialize.
It would be great to see guys like Sam Huff and Josh Jung knock someone off the above list because that would be they had a remarkable major league career.
Homegrown talent? To paraphrase the Eagles “Hotel California,” we haven’t had that spirit here since 2006.