After releasing its list of top ten second baseman yesterday, MLB.com releases its top ten third basemen prospect list.
The Rangers Josh Jung is fifth.
Here is their scouting report on Jung:
“The best position player in Texas Tech history, Jung went eighth overall in the 2019 Draft after consecutive consensus All-America seasons and leading the Red Raiders to their best finish ever, third place at the College World Series. He spent most of his pro debut in low Class-A after signing for $4.4 million and could join the Rangers as early as this year despite being limited to alternative camp and instructional league in 2020. He figures to open the season in Double-A and could advance rapidly if he can build on the offensive improvements he made last year.
“One of the most advanced hitters in his Draft class, Jung recognizes pitches and manages the strike zone well while barreling all types of pitching on a regular basis. He has a sound right-handed stroke and the bat speed and strength to hit at least 20 homers per season. After he had trouble pulling the ball for power in his first taste of pro ball, he made adjustments in 2020 to enable him to drive more balls in the air to left field.
“Though Jung has below-average speed, he has the athleticism, instincts, hands and strong arm to play at least an average third base. He spent the second half of the 2019 college season at shortstop and saw time there again in alt camp and instructs, where he also got reps at second base and in the outfield. Texas believes in Jung at the hot corner enough to move Gold Glover Isiah Kiner-Falefa to shortstop for 2021.”
Rangers fans have been hearing about and waiting on Jung for a few years now. The Rangers don’t have a third baseman. Are they expecting Jung to be it this year?