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No. 6 prospect smashes two homers in ninth multihit game

May 21, 2022

Welcome to the Rangers prospect update, where you’ll find news, promotions and standout performances, all year long.

The latest on Jack Leiter

Keeping tabs on MLB's No. 17 prospect
May 21, 2022

May 20: Strong start foiled by big inning After a strong first three innings for Double-A Frisco on Friday, things snowballed on Jack Leiter in the fourth, as he was tagged for seven earned runs. Leiter started the day with three scoreless innings and five strikeouts, but started the fourth

Duran's scorching May continues for RoughRiders

@tylermaun
May 15, 2022

Ezequiel Duran was 4-for-4 with two homers, two doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored through his first four at-bats on Sunday afternoon. His next two trips to the plate may have been his least exciting in the box score but the most exciting to his manager. MLB’s No. 81

Leiter flashes ace potential in dominant start

@Steph_Sheehan
May 7, 2022

It had been a little shaky for Jack Leiter since his much-anticipated professional debut back on April 9, but on Saturday, the Rangers’ top prospect gave everyone a glimpse of his ace potential. Leiter fired his best pitching performance to date, allowing just two hits across six innings with five

'Long time coming': Leiter strikes out 7 in pro debut

@Steph_Sheehan
April 10, 2022

In one of the more anticipated professional debuts of the last few years, Jack Leiter lived up to the hype while missing plenty of bats. MLB's No. 17 prospect showed off his full arsenal in Double-A Frisco’s 8-7 win over Arkansas, touching 97 mph on his 70-grade fastball and generating

Here's where Rangers Top 30 prospects are starting '22

April 5, 2022

With the Minor League season opening this week, here's where the Rangers' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

Q&A: Leiter on his dad's influence, connection to Volpe

March 29, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The son of two-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion Al Leiter, Jack Leiter dominated in his lone full college season at Vanderbilt last spring. He no-hit South Carolina in his first Southeastern Conference start, tied for the NCAA Division I lead with 179 strikeouts in 110

Rangers next crop of arms on display at camp

March 29, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers are coming off their worst back-to-back finishes since 1972-73, the franchise's first two years in Texas, so there's a lot of work to be done. They've addressed what was the American League's worst offense a year ago by spending $500 million on free agents Corey

Inbox: What is plan for Rangers' prospects? 

Texas beat writer Kennedi Landry answers fans' questions
@kennlandry
March 28, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have one of the fastest-rising farm systems in MLB, and after a few good Drafts in a row, and some savvy Trade Deadline dealings, the future looks bright in Arlington. The new MLB Pipeline Top 30 is here, and with less than two weeks until

Here are the Rangers' 2022 Top 30 prospects

March 27, 2022

The Rangers' .367 and .370 winning percentages the last two seasons are their worst since 1972-73, the franchise's first two years in Texas. But the team's immediate and long-term futures are significantly brighter. While the signings of Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Jonathan Gray to $556 million of free-agent deals

'We can't sleep on Bubba': Thompson has game

@kennlandry
March 26, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Bubba Thompson came in to pinch-run for Adolis García in the sixth inning of the Rangers' win over the A’s on Thursday at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. On what seemed like a routine line drive to right field from Kole Calhoun, Thompson rounded second and observed his

Witt Sr. has bragging rights over Jr. ... for now

Before Bobby Witt Jr. makes his big league debut, let's look back at Sr.'s career
@michaelsclair
March 17, 2022

An earlier version of this story appeared in August 2021. When Bobby Witt Jr., the newly named No. 1 prospect in the sport, was picked second overall in the 2019 Draft, it earned him and his father some pretty hefty bragging rights: They became the first father-son duo in big

Jung headlines Rangers' list of 21 non-roster invitees

@kennlandry
March 13, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- As Rangers big leaguers arrived for the start of camp on Sunday, the club announced its 21 non-roster invitees to big league camp. All of the non-roster invitees have been participating in Minor League camp since late February. Third baseman Josh Jung, the club’s top-ranked hitting prospect

'This was really cool': Leiter delivers in spring action

@kennlandry
March 11, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- While big leaguers were steady to arrive in Arizona following the end of the MLB lockout, Rangers Minor Leaguers competed in a scrimmage against the Royals on Friday afternoon. Jack Leiter, ranked as the Rangers' top prospect by MLB Pipeline, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Texas’

Rangers prospect Walker plays baseball with style all his own

@kennlandry
March 9, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Walker, Texas Ranger. Not the iconic Chuck Norris western television series, but Steele Walker, the club’s 20th-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, who has a last name that was seemingly meant to exist in a Texas Rangers uniform. Though he was selected by the White Sox in

Surprise 2020 Draft pick Carter has 'all the ingredients' to succeed

@kennlandry
March 8, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Evan Carter doesn’t think much about what could have, or rather should have, happened in 2020. In the fall of 2020, Carter should have been starting his freshman season at Duke University. With the MLB Draft shortened to just five rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carter

Acuña's brother carving own path with Rangers

@kennlandry
March 4, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- When Luisangel Acuña is at the plate, it’s easy to recognize the stance and the swing. That's because it’s all strikingly similar to his famous sibling, Ronald. The two are alike in a few ways, especially their approach at the plate. Even their stutter-step home run celebrations

After 20-20 season, Rangers high on prospect Dustin Harris

@kennlandry
March 2, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Dustin Harris grew up in a crowded household. With two older brothers, one younger brother and four sisters, there was no shortage of energy in his family growing up. The brothers, Harris said, were competitive with everything -- ping pong, pool, video games, fishing and of course

With debut in reach, Winn wowing at camp

@kennlandry
February 28, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- One thing that stands out to Rangers assistant general manager of player development Ross Fenstermaker about Cole Winn is his willingness to throw a 2-0 changeup. The right-hander is expected to be the next Rangers pitching prospect to make his big league debut this coming season, and

Rangers prospects Foscue, Smith welcome versatility

@kennlandry
February 24, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Josh H. Smith and Justin Foscue both consider themselves realistic people. The Rangers' top two middle-infield prospects both ended last season on a high at Double-A Frisco, with Smith (No. 6) playing shortstop and Foscue (No. 4) playing second. But in December, Texas announced the signings of

Rangers prospect Jung out 6 months after shoulder surgery

@kennlandry
February 23, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers third-base prospect Josh Jung underwent surgery Wednesday morning to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, general manager Chris Young announced. Jung is the No. 2 prospect in Texas' system, according to MLB Pipeline, and No. 48 overall. The rehab process is expected to take

First taste of pro ball hasn't hit top prospect Leiter yet

@kennlandry
February 22, 2022

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jack Leiter doesn’t think he’s started to feel like a professional baseball player just yet. Leiter, the Rangers’ top-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline, was drafted at No. 2 overall last summer, but he didn’t report to one of Texas' Minor League affiliates immediately. Instead, because of his

Prospect Jung injures shoulder before Minors camp

@kennlandry
February 18, 2022

ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Josh Jung, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Rangers’ No. 2 prospect, was shut down late last week after experiencing left shoulder discomfort while lifting weights in Arizona, the club announced on Friday. Jung was evaluated by team physician Keith Meister, who indicated a labral strain

Explore Frisco's Riders Field

@kennlandry
February 17, 2022

Welcome to Riders Field, nestled into the suburbs of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and steeped in Texas history.

‘I feel close’: Winn foresees MLB debut in ‘22

@kennlandry
January 24, 2022

ARLINGTON -- Cole Winn and his mother have matching tattoos on their forearms. It’s a simple minimalist outline of a shark fin poking out of the ocean. It was a spur of the moment decision they made one day while walking around Dallas a few weeks before Christmas, Winn explained