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Starting spots for Rangers' Top 30 prospects

@JimCallisMLB
April 3, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an impact this year, a prospect who is ready to break out in 2019 and the team's best defensive prospect.

1) Hans Crouse (MLB No. 83), RHP -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
2) Julio Pablo Martinez (MLB No. 86), OF -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
3) Cole Winn (MLB No. 87), RHP -- Extended spring training
4) Anderson Tejeda, SS/2B -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
5) Bubba Thompson, OF -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
6) Leody Taveras, OF -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
7) Joe Palumbo, LHP -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
8) Jonathan Hernandez, RHP -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
9) Brock Burke, LHP -- Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
10) Cole Ragans, LHP -- Extended spring training
11) Taylor Hearn, LHP -- Nashville Sounds (AAA)
12) Chris Seise, SS -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
13) Owen White, RHP -- Extended spring training
14) Tyler Phillips, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
15) C.D. Pelham, LHP -- Nashville Sounds (AAA)
16) Eli White, INF -- Nashville Sounds (AAA)
17) Osleivis Basabe, SS/2B -- Extended spring training
18) Jonathan Ornelas, 3B/SS -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
19) Diosbel Arias, INF -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
20) A.J. Alexy, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
21) Sam Huff, C/1B -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
22) Sherten Apostel, 3B -- Hickory Crawdads (A)
23) Mason Englert, RHP -- Extended spring training
24) Demarcus Evans, RHP -- Down East Wood Ducks (A Adv)
25) Jose Trevino, C -- Nashville Sounds (AAA)
26) Yohander Mendez, LHP -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- IL
27) Scott Heineman, OF -- Texas Rangers (MLB) -- IL
28) Kyle Cody, RHP -- Extended spring training -- rehab
29) David Garcia, C -- Extended spring training
30) Ronny Henriquez, RHP -- Extended spring training
Complete list »

Starting spots for all team Top 30 prospects
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WSH
AL Central CLE, CWS, DET, KC, MIN
NL Central CHC, CIN, MIL, PIT, STL
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
Division Team
Top 100 starting spots

Just missed Top 30: Yerry Rodriguez
Rodriguez opened a lot of eyes while making his U.S. debut last summer, going 23 strikeouts between walks in the Rookie-level Arizona League and compiling a 2.86 ERA and an 82/8 K/BB ratio in 63 innings at the lower levels of the system. He gets good sink on his 91-96 mph fastball, while his slider and changeup are more works in progress.

On the shelf
Left-hander Yohander Mendez (sprained elbow ligament) and outfielder Scott Heineman (offseason left shoulder surgery) are on Texas' 60-day injured list. Right-hander Kyle Cody is rehabbing in extended spring training after having Tommy John surgery last July.

Impact prospect: Brock Burke
The Rangers got the Rays’ 2019 Minor League Pitcher of the Year in a three-team trade that sent Jurickson Profar to the A’s. Burke pitched his way to Double-A in 2018 and dominated there. His stuff has ticked upward and he looks more and more like a mid-rotation starter, one who could quickly run through the rest of the Rangers system.

Breakout prospect: Hans Crouse
Few pitching prospects combine stuff and entertainment value like Crouse. He can get animated on the mound and throw in a Johnny Cueto shimmy to disrupt batters' timing, though what matters most is that he possesses a riding mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider.

Best defensive prospect: Jose Trevino
Trevino won Rawlings Minor League Gold Gloves in both 2016 and '17, before surgery on his non-throwing shoulder last July squashed any chances of a three-peat. He's an outstanding receiver and blocker, gets the most out of his strong arm with a quick release and accurate throws and also earns high marks for his ability to run a pitching staff.

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.