Entering the games to be played on May 9th, the Texas Rangers’ Minor League organization was 80 up and 39 down. Led by Double-A Frisco’s 22-7 record, Low-A Hickory is 21-9, High-A High Desert is 20-11 and Triple-A Round Rock is 17-12.
The Rangers farm system is always full of not only elite talent, but elite depth. For every Joey Gallo, Lewis Brinson and Dillon Tate there is a Ryan Cordell, a Travis Demeritte andConnor Sadzeck. The system, to put it lightly, is stacked.
This all coming after the team traded away three top 100 prospects (Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro and Jake Thompson) along with two other Major League projected starters (Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher) at last year’s trading deadline for Cole Hamels.
This season so far has seen Cordell and Demeritte grab Player of the Month honors in the Texas League and California League respectively. Other players like Ronald Guzman (AA), Luke Tendler (High-A) and Andy Ibanez (Low-A) have started their 2016 campaigns putting crooked numbers all over box scores.
The 2015 MLB Draft that produced Tate and his fellow Hickory teammate Eric Jenkins are proving to be of immediate intrigue. This season has also seen the graduation of Nomar Mazarato the Majors and not mentioned yet is another top 100 prospect (according to MLB.com) Luis Ortiz, the club’s 2014 first round pick.
While the system is currently showing more pop in the bats than dominance with the arms, the end result is one of many, many wins. That trend doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon.
Every team goes through ups and downs; that’s not an easy variable to predict. But Minor League teams playing well usually means promotions and teams losing players. However, the depth amongst this 80-39 Farm System means the next guy up is likely to be one capable of filling who’s ever shoes they are called on to replace.
Also, the team that is currently sitting with the “worst” record of the four clubs is Triple-A Round Rock. The young players playing well are mostly at the lower levels and call-ups from Triple-A are usually dictated on super prospect status (see: Mazara) or injury (see: Brett Nicholas).
While a 67% organizational record is unlikely to maintain even through the Minor League All-Star breaks coming in June and July, it’s an impressive feat through well over 100 games played so far and reflects the depth and talent of the Texas Rangers’ Minor League system.