Stock Update For Texas Rangers’ Top 5 Prospects of 2014

Texas Rangers Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

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The Texas Rangers' new wave of pitching talent is expected to start arriving at Globe Life Park next year, and a pair of talented hitters -- Joey Gallo and Jorge Alfaro -- is expected to follow in 2016. Here is an update on the top prospects in the Texas farm system.

5. RHP Jake Thompson

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5. RHP Jake Thompson

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The burly 20-year-old right-hander acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline has been impressive since returning home to the Lone Star State. The 91st pick in the 2012 draft is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA, 22 strikeouts and seven walks over 14.2 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .176 batting average with the Double-A Frisco Roughriders. Overall in 2014, Thompson has fanned 108 in 108.2 frames with a 2.90 ERA.

4. RHP Alex Gonzalez

Alex Gonzalez
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4. RHP Alex Gonzalez

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The former Oral Roberts standout who was taken 23rd by the Rangers last year remains on a fast-track to the majors. "Chi-Chi" has posted a 6-3 card with a 2.11 ERA at Double-A and is a combined 11-5 with a 2.39 ERA and 94 strikeouts (36 walks) in 120-plus frames this season.

3. RHP Luke Jackson

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3. RHP Luke Jackson

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The 2010 supplemental first-rounder has struggled since getting promoted to Triple-A and has struck out 27 and walked 15 in 27 innings with an inflated 9.00 ERA. The 22-year-old right-hander was dominant at Double-A earlier this season and went 8-2 with a 3.00 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .191 batting mark. He also racked up 83 strikeouts over 83.1 innings with only 24 free passes.

2. C Jorge Alfaro

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2. C Jorge Alfaro

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The converted infielder has tremendous upside on both offense and defense, and he has been tabbed as the big league club's future backstop. The 21-year-old, who hit .261 with 13 homers, 100 strikeouts and 23 walks in 398 at-bats with Single-A Advanced Myrtle Beach, is batting .281 with three dingers in eight games at the Double-A level.

1. 3B Joey Gallo

Joey Gallo
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1. 3B Joey Gallo

Joey Gallo
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The hero of this year's All-Star Futures game, the Rangers' top prospect is a legit power hitter who has a good shot at leading the minor leagues in home runs for a second consecutive year. The 20-year-old corner infielder has smacked a combined 38 long balls this season in 112 games, but he has also fanned a whopping 160 times.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.

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