MLB.com’s semi-annual MLB Pipeline rankings of each team’s farm system are out. It’s not only a list of where each team falls, but also of the Top 100 prospects in baseball.
Texas ranks tenth. Down slightly from their pre-season ranking of seventh. The Rangers have four players on the Top 100 Prospects list:
Evan Carter, ranked Number 8 overall in the Top 100. He’s a twenty-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder at Frisco who has power and speed, batting .282 with an on-base percentage of .418, and who is quickly working his way up the Rangers system.
Wyatt Langford, outfielder, ranked Number 13 overall. This is a guy the Rangers just drafted as their first pick and he’s already generating buzz, landing as the thirteenth best prospect on all of baseball. The twenty-one-year-old right-handed batter hit in college, and so far in fifteen minor league games, he just keeps hitting, batting .291 with an OPS in the elite range of 1.018.
Sebastian Walcott, shortstop, ranked 66 overall. Just seventeen-years-old, Walcott is putting up impressive numbers in his first season in the minor leagues, with seven home runs and twenty-one RBIs in just forty-one games.
Brock Porter, right-handed pitcher, ranked 97 overall. This twenty-year-old is in his first minor league season as well, in A-Ball, and has started eighteen games to a 2.47 ERA.
Here is what the MLB Pipeline said about the Rangers:
“Free-agent spending helped the Rangers turn around their big league franchise; a deep system should help them sustain it. Carter and Langford should bolster the lineup by Opening Day 2025, if not earlier, and Walcott may have a higher ceiling than either of them. Texas may never have had a quartet of pitching prospects as talented as Porter and fellow right-handers Jack Leiter, Owen White and Kumar Rocker, all of whom have made the Top 100 Prospects list at one point.”
It will be interesting to see how many, if any, of these pitching prospects develop between the four named here—Porter, Leiter, White, and Rocker—since itching is something the Rangers have never been able to develop.
Of course, the Rangers are experiencing their only true drafting success story with Josh Jung, who made the All-Star team and won on course to compete for the Rookie of the Year until he broke his thumb.