Jim Wallis of MLB.com released his list of top second basemen prospects in baseball. The Rangers Justin Foscue is eighth.
Foscue was the Rangers first-round pick, and fourteenth overall, in the 2020 draft, out of Mississippi State.
The six-foot, 203-pound right handed hitter batted .297 in college, with fewer strikeouts than walks.
Because of COVID, he hasn’t played a minor league game yet. But here is his scouting report from MLB.com:
“He led Mississippi State to the College World Series in each of his two full seasons and became the third-highest Bulldogs position player ever drafted, behind only Will Clark (No. 2, 1985) and Hunter Renfroe (No. 13, 2013).
“An offensive-minded player whose right-handed power is his best tool, Foscue has a profile similar to that of Jeff Kent. He has more strength and bat speed than a typical second baseman and attacks pitches with a pull-heavy approach. Though he’s aggressive at the plate, he makes consistent contact and should produce 20 or more homers per season without striking out excessively. “
It’s odd that they would rank Foscue that highly having not played a single professional game. It’s also encouraging. Maybe a Rangers draft choice might work out for once after all.