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'Be water': Rangers' top prospect rides it out

Third baseman Jung nearing Double-A debut after recovering from stress fracture
@kennlandry
June 12, 2021

Since Josh Jung was picked No. 8 overall in the 2019 MLB Draft, nothing has exactly gone according to plan. It started out normally enough. After getting drafted, Jung was assigned to what was then Low-A Hickory, where he slashed .287/.363/.389 through 40 games. Then, COVID-19 halted the 2020 Minor

Prospects Winn, Crouse rising fast at Frisco

@kennlandry
June 7, 2021

FRISCO, Texas -- The Rangers’ top two pitching prospects are roommates and golfing buddies, but outside of those two things, they are entirely different people, both on and off the field. There's Cole Winn, the precise and decisive right-hander who commands his entire arsenal as if he’s pitching in Game

Catching up with the Rangers' affiliates

@kennlandry
May 31, 2021

Almost one-third of the way through the Major League season, the Rangers sit at 22-33 and in last place in the American League West. But the return of the Minor League seasons in 2021 gives Rangers fans plenty more to look forward to, from Round Rock to Hickory. Despite Texas’

AL West Minor Leaguers set for big impact

@kennlandry
May 6, 2021

The American League West is loaded with star power at the big league level, and it’s no different in the Minor Leagues. Each club has a number of top prospects on track to make it to the The Show sooner than later. We take a look at which of those

Where Rangers top prospects are starting '21

@JimCallisMLB
May 4, 2021

With the 2021 season getting started, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

  1. Josh Jung (MLB No. 54), 3B -- Injured (left foot)
  2. Sam Huff (MLB No. 67), C -- Texas (MLB)/Injured List (right knee)
  3. Cole Winn, RHP

Where will Rangers' top prospects begin '21?

@kennlandry
April 30, 2021

With the Minor League Baseball season on the horizon, the Rangers announced the preliminary Opening Day rosters for all their affiliates Friday, except for Triple-A Round Rock. The Texas alternate training site roster will likely transition to the Triple-A roster, with a few players shipped out to other affiliates. The

Rangers Minor League Spring Training report

@JimCallisMLB
April 28, 2021

The Rangers weren't afraid to buck the consensus in the 2020 Draft, selecting each of their five picks higher than the majority of clubs would have. Mississippi State second baseman Justin Foscue still would have gone in the first round if they hadn't taken him 14th overall, but high schoolers

These farm systems could jump in 2021

@SamDykstraMiLB
April 28, 2021

The 2021 Minor League season begins at last next Tuesday, and that is cause for many celebrations. Among the reasons for joy is the fact that wide-ranging prospect evaluations will no longer be static. Games against actual competition will give us the best looks at Minor Leaguers' skills that we've

Fun facts for every Low-A East team

Explore a sprawling league that includes Augusta, Zebulon and plenty in-between
@BensBiz
April 26, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the ninth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Guzmán, Huff both set for knee surgery

@kennlandry
April 23, 2021

Rangers general manager Chris Young provided injury updates Friday afternoon, including two surgeries set for Wednesday. First baseman Ronald Guzmán is having surgery after sustaining a meniscus tear in his right knee on April 12 against Tampa Bay. He was initially placed on the 10-day injured list before a reevaluation

Fun facts for all 12 High-A East teams

Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Celery and Couch Potatoes populate eclectic circuit
@BensBiz
April 19, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the seventh in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Rangers can't pick up Dunning, fall to Rays

@TheDanGuerrero
April 12, 2021

The Rangers have had some offensive struggles of late. They finished a six-game homestand where they slashed a team collective .193/.252/.326 against the Blue Jays and Padres and were no-hit by San Diego on Friday night. Those offensive struggles continued on Monday against the Rays with power pitcher Tyler Glasnow

Young arms showing way for Rangers

@TheDanGuerrero
April 7, 2021

The Rangers see promise in the newcomers who have debuted for their pitching staff. Despite the early struggles for Texas' pitching, solid outings from Dane Dunning, Brett de Geus and Wes Benjamin have sparked optimism for what the staff could become. Manager Chris Woodward said the young trio represent the

Fun facts for all 10 Double-A Central teams

Stan the Man, prairie dogs, possums, burger-inspired ballparks and so much more
@BensBiz
April 5, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the third in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

One fun fact for all 10 Triple-A West teams

Explore a league populated by zombies, rockers, insects and iconic Homers
@BensBiz
April 1, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the second in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Top prospect Josh Jung set for foot surgery

Recovery from the procedure expected to last 6-8 weeks
@kennlandry
March 20, 2021

Rangers top prospect Josh Jung has a stress fracture in his left foot, president of baseball ops Jon Daniels announced on Saturday. The third baseman will travel back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday to get a screw put in the ankle. The surgery will be performed by Dr.

Inbox: What's the early buzz on Heim?

Rangers beat reporter Kennedi Landry answers questions from fans
@kennlandry
March 15, 2021

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Monday is the Rangers’ second off-day of Spring Training and a benchmark for where they hope to be by Opening Day. Manager Chris Woodward said the club is right where it needs to be and should be at this point in the spring. So it’s a great

Taveras heating up, aims to secure job in CF

@kennlandry
March 14, 2021

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- When asked if he felt a large amount of pressure on himself coming into spring, Leody Taveras didn’t need an interpreter to share his answer. “No,” Taveras said. “I don’t focus on that kind of stuff. I just focus on my job and the things I need

Dunning 'fortunate' to learn from Texas vets

@kennlandry
March 12, 2021

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Dane Dunning is only 26 years old, but he's already in camp with his third team since being taken in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Nationals. He faced the second of those three teams -- the White Sox -- in the Rangers’

Here are the Twins' 2021 Top 30 prospects

@JonathanMayo
March 10, 2021

It’s a simple formula, really, one the Twins have used with great success for a long time now: scout, draft and/or sign, develop and bring to the big leagues. Rinse and repeat. The Twins are coming off back-to-back American League Central titles, playing over .600 ball in 2019 and 2020

Inbox: Examining new prospect rankings

Beat reporter Kennedi Landry responds to Rangers fans' questions
@kennlandry
March 9, 2021

MLB Pipeline is dropping its lists of the Top 30 prospects in each organization this week, and the Rangers' new list was one of the first to be released. There weren’t many changes in the list from 2020 to now, but you guys had questions, so I tried to answer

Here are the Rangers' 2021 Top 30 prospects

@JimCallisMLB
March 8, 2021

After making the playoffs five times in the previous seven years, the Rangers are riding a streak of four consecutive losing seasons and coming off an American League-worst .367 winning percentage, their worst since 1985. They brought in Chris Young as GM in December to work under president of baseball

Notes: Aggressive offense; injury updates

Guzmán, Gallo homer vs. White Sox; Davis swipes 3rd base
@kennlandry
March 2, 2021

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the fourth inning on Tuesday, during a mound visit, Rangers designated hitter Khris Davis talked to third-base coach Tony Beasley, saying the White Sox pitcher wasn’t paying any attention to him at second base and he could steal. So, Davis stole third base on the very

Dunning talks COVID recovery, prep for 2021

@kennlandry
February 15, 2021

Rangers pitcher Dane Dunning had a personal run-in with COVID-19 back in December while in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., over the Christmas holiday, he told reporters in a Zoom press conference Monday. Dunning -- promoting his #StreamtoEndMS charity event -- recounted his experience with the virus. He said he

Rangers pick up 2 players in Montero trade

Texas gets RHP Corniell, PTBNL; Leclerc likely back at closer
December 15, 2020

ARLINGTON -- Right-handed reliever Rafael Montero was a major success story for the Rangers' scouting, medical and pitching departments. Texas signed him as a Minor League free agent while he was recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he ended up as the closer this past season. In continuing their rebuilding