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5 Texas Rangers Prospects Who Could Be Called Up By August

5 Texas Rangers Prospects Who Could Be Called Up By August

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Let's be frank -- it's been a rough year for the Texas Rangers as they sit in the basement of the highly competitive AL West. They are surely out of the playoff picture, and that means a couple of things. First, expect them to be highly active at the trade deadline, and secondly, expect them to call up a number of their prospects to see what they have in their farm system. Here are the five potential call-ups in the Rangers' system.

5. Ryan Rua

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5. Ryan Rua

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On the off chance that the Texas Rangers trade Adrian Beltre before the July 31 trade deadline, they have an easy replacement in Ryan Rua. The third baseman is currently playing for Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League, and he is batting .273 in 20 games this year.

4. Alec Asher

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4. Alec Asher

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While he is a starter for the Frisco Roughriders, I could see the Rangers using him in the bullpen. He's a big guy with a big fastball. He has four pitches, which could make him effective late in games, as hitters can't sit on one pitch.

3. Alex Gonzalez

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3. Alex Gonzalez

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The Rangers' pitching staff is a mess. They need help everywhere, and that is where Alex Gonzalez comes in. He is the fifth-ranked prospect in the Rangers' system, and I wouldn't be shocked at all to see him in a Rangers uniform to make a few starts. He boasts a record of 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in his minor league career, and it may be time to test his mettle against big league hitters.

2. Luke Jackson

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2. Luke Jackson

Luke Jackson
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Did I mention that the Rangers' pitching staff was in shambles? Well, here's another potential call-up in the form of Luke Jackson; he is the top-rated pitching prospect in the Rangers' system. He can be a starter and a reliever just based on his stuff alone. He dominated in Double-A, and although he has found a little trouble on the Triple-A level, the Rangers may make the call soon.

1. Joey Gallo

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1. Joey Gallo

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Joey Gallo put on an absolute show last week at the MLB Futures Game and the Home Run Derby. He has massive power, but his downfall may be his defense at third. I could see him making a transition to the outfield where he could be hidden in one of the corner outfields. Nevertheless, his talent may be too great not to see how he fares against MLB pitching.