Ron’s Top 10 Texas Rangers Prospects

Every body — even Michael (LOL) — has a top 10 prospects list on our CROPS ON THE FARM web site.   So I thought that I ought to do one also even though Im not as good as picking prospects as James is.  He even knew that  Gallaraga  was probably going to be good after he was cut by the Rangers (but thats just probably because John Daniels traded him away and all of the pitchers John Daniels trades away become great, dont they? So lets not give James to much credit for being right about that (LOL).\  You cant read about James beign right about that because he didnt have a Blog back then but trust me because I heard him tell me a whole bunch of times that he thought so. 


And another thing:  I read on another site that someone didnt like Jamess top-10 very much because he didnt have enough analysis.  Believe me.  If James had wanted to give out a lot of analysis he could have because he can go on for hours about any of those guys he had on his list.  Trust me because Ive heard him do it a lot of times before.  Anyway, Im going to give you a lot of analysis this time so that nobody on another site can say that we suck because there isnt a lot of  analysis about the Texas Rangers Minor Leagues here at CROPS. 


Im not going to cheat like the other guys (yeah Im talkin about you Sully!) and put on my list guys who are already in The SHOW like Elvis or Derek Holland or even Teagarden.  Im only talking about guus still who are in the minor leagues such as Oklahoma City, Frisco, Bakersfield and HICKORY — OK, I know I made a mistake saying Clinton before – or maybe not even on a baseball team right now like Joe Weiland who I read was Nolan Ryans favorite pitcher in the Rangers minor leagues. 



1)    Joe Weiland is a right-handed pitcher who throws hard and did super good in the rookie leagues last year.  And I read that he was Nolan Ryans favorite pithcer in the Rangers minor leagues.    If thats what people say then I know that hes probably really pretty good because Nolan Ryan was one of the greatest pitchers who ever lived and he would know a really good pitcher if he saw one for himself in the Rangers minor leagues.  Plus he has the same last name as the singer for Stone Temple Pirates who are really a great band from the 90s that I liked a lot back then.  I hope he doesnt have drug problems like that guy did though.  TRUST IN NOLAN!!!! 


2)    Manuel Pina is a catcher who is hitting really good in Frisco in AA baseball level  — more than a .400 batting average already -and I read that hes like Pudge as a catcher behind the plate because hes got a really good arm and can throw a lot of guys out who try to steal bases on him when hes in the game. If you look around in the major leagues you will notice that a lot of teams don;t have a catcher who hits good.   Even Teagarden who everybody loves so much for the Rangers doesnt hit good likePina does.  Hes going too be a big star I predict. 


3)   Justin Smoak is a first rounder who is hitting real good in AA baseball for Frisco and is a switch hitter from both sides.    Even though he didnt hardly play much at all last year after they drafted him in the first round, he s already in AA and if you think about it you might remember that Thomas Diamond was picked by the Texas Rangers in the first round back in 2004 and didnt get to AA in Frisco until 2007 I think.  And hes only gotten to AAA in Oklahoma City this year so you can see that Smoak is moving real fast through the system and even though hes moving fast, hes hitting .300 already and thats pretty unique for a guy who was just drafted last year.  Not a lot of guys do that good that fast.  But before you got so excited about him, you should remember that one time the Giants got a guy from college in the southeast conference like Smoak is and sent him straight to AA baseball in Shreveport named Todd Linden and he looked good then but didnt make it as a star in THE SHOW.    Who knows?  Maybe Smoak is like Todd Linden back in the 90s. 


4)   Neftali Feliz is supposed to be real good and can throw over 100 mile per hour.  I know that there arent to many guys who can throw their fastball as fast as he can in baseball.  Even though I think hes overrated, I know that the thing about it is that a lot of people in basebaqll overrate him a lot and that means that John daniels could probably trade him this summer for a real good player the Rangers could use and when you are thinking about prospects one of the things you have to consider is what they can get you in a trade and Feliz could get a lot because he can throw it more than 100 miles per hour.  But if he can throw it 100 miles per hour like Nolan Ryan could and hes nto even Nolan Ryans favorite pitcher in the Rangers minor leagues like Joe Weiloand is, then you know hes not really all that great and maybe somebody else will have to learn that the hard way when they trade for him this summer.   But still its probably going to turn out that Feliz will get good again when the Rangers trade him like Chris Young and John Danks and Duchsherer and Volquez and Galaragga did after John Daniels traded them away to other teams. 


5)      Kasey Kiker has a 2.86 ERA in the AA league and was a first round draft choice for the Texas Rangers back a few years ago but not too long so hes right on schedule to be a guy who pitches in THE SHOW pretty soon .  Did I mention that Kasey Kiker is left handed?   Left handed pitchers do good in Texas like Derek Holland is already doing.   Kenny Rogers was pretty good  to and you might have noticed that Matt Harrison is also a left handed pitcher who won nine games in the SHOW when he was just a rookie for the Rangers after he was traded from Atlanta for Mark Teixera.   I think that Kasey Kiker might be another good left handed pitcher for the Rangers (and if John Daniels trades him away he would probably be a lot better for another major league team). 


6)   Wilmer Font is a guy who I heard a lot about who thorws almost 100 miles per hour for Hickory and isnt very old.   I wonder how hard hell throw when he grows up all the way?    The Texas Rangers paid him a lot of money when he was just 15 years old to become a member of the Texas Rangers minor leagues and so they probably thought he was going to be really good.  And so far he is because  he has a realy really low ERA for Hickory in A league baseball.    Just watch him because I think that hes going to be pretty good someday in Texas. 


7)   Doug Mathis is a pitcher in Oklahoma City which is the Rangers top team in the minor leagues and he has a 2.16 ERA already.   You should know that the league that Oklaoma City plays in is suppose to be a hitter friendly league where pitchers hafve  a hard time doing so great so Doug Mathis is definitely doing a great job and he can do a great job for the Rangers soon if they just give him a fair chance instead of wasting everyones time with Chris Benson. 


8)   Greg Golson is an outfielder for AAA who was a first round draft choice for the Philadelphia Phillies a few years ago and hes also from Texas in the first place.  He was traded to Texas for another first round pick named John Mayberry and hes hitting more than .300 for Oklahoma City which is the Rangers highest level of minor league team so you know hes pretty good.   Sully says that Josh Hamilton is injured to you might get to see Golson play for the Rangers soon.   Hes real fast and can steal a lot of bases if you need him to plus he plays center field sometimes which is Joshs position for the Rangers. 


9)    Blake Beavan is from Texas and grew up in a house where everybody always cheered for the Texas Rangers.  One of the things that I think can help a pitcher in Texas is if he is used to pitching here and Blake Beaven is because he lived here all his life.    Hes not doing too good in Bakersfield which is in the lower leagues but I think that hes going to do better pretty soon.  BREAKOUT ALERT!!! 


10)   Jared Hyatt is a pitcher who is from Georgia Tech like Kevin Brown was a long time ago for the Rangers and he just pitched his first game in AAA Oklahoma City this week and he did a great job — better than Neftali Feliz did even though hes had a few games at AAA already.   Not a lot of guys do great at AAA right away like Jared Hyatt did this week and I think that means hes probably going to be really tough for a long time.   Really?  His ERA at AAA is just 1.59?   Remember that you heard about Jared Hyatt here first.  Hes a sleeper  who I like a whole lot and you should too in my humble opinion (LOL). 






    Someone has to say it, so i will.

    This is the worst baseball blog ive ever been on.

    When your analysis only focuses on Batting Average, ERA, whether the pitcher is Nolan’s “favorite”, and whether a prospect is “hitting really good” you should just give up.

    Your sentences make you seem like a 12 year old kid who is cramming 10 thoughts together at once. And if you want to be taken seriously, you should never type “LOL”. Never. EVER.

    This is an abortion of a blog and needs to be flushed quickly into the interwebs.

  2. crops

    Maxwell: Thanks for posting. We don’t really care what you think. You are insignificant to us. We enjoy doing this and plan on continuing.

    Our blog is good enough for you to come on and waste your time with. WHo is the real idiot here?


    my comments:

    the highs and the lows:

    small. sample. size.

    its not that hard to say that if a player has 800+ PAs in the minor leagues, that one should probably put some weight
    into the 800 PAs isntead of the 50 PAs he has had this year…

    equally, just because a player plays the same position as another player or was a college player or is a left handed/right handed pitcher that doesnt mean that they will be just like another player who plays the same position/went to college/ is right or left handed

    finally, todd linden? really?

    linden at AA in 2002: 392 AB, 26 2b, 12 HR, 9 SB, 61 bb/101 k, .314 ba, .419 OBP, .482 SLG, 901 ops (after being drafted)

    a few differences: they played at different schools. they played different positions, linden was the #41 pick. smoak was a higher rated prospect in the draft. smoak was a higher rated prospect after both of their first years. they arent really comparable other than they went to major colleges and were both drafted in the first round.

    i mean, would you compare johan santana and corey young? what about brooks robinson and travis metcalf?

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