The Texas Rangers have three players among the Top 100 prospects in baseball, according to Baseball America.
Outfielder Evan Carter is the Rangers’ top prospect and No. 26 overall, while pitcher Owen White is No. 59.
Third baseman Josh Jung — who made his major league debut in September and is expected to become the Rangers’ third baseman — is No. 66.
Both Carter and White finished their seasons at Double-A Frisco. White is on the Rangers’ 40-man roster because the organization wanted to protect him from December’s Rule V draft.
Carter was the Rangers’ second-round pick in 2020. He played just 32 games in 2021, but had a promising 2022. He improved his batting average by nearly 60 points (from .236 in 2021), maintained a solid level of walk to the strikeout rate and his slugging percentage rose nearly 100 points.
With Frisco, he batted .429/.536/.714/1.250 with a home run and six RBIs in seven games.
Including High Class-A affiliate Hickory, Carter hit .295/.397/.489/.886 in 106 games (117-for-397), with 86 runs, 21 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs and 73 RBI. He walked 64 times, hit 81 times, stole 28 bases and was caught stealing 13 times. Carter was baptized Baseball America 2022 Rangers Prospect of the Year
White was a second-round pick out of high school in 2018 who missed time due to Tommy John surgery. With Hickory and Frisco, he went 9-2 with a 3.59 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts). He threw 80 1/3 innings, giving up 70 hits, 33 runs (32 earned), eight home runs and 23 walks. He struck out 104. Batters hit .233 against him and he had a 1.16 WHIP.
He promptly won Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors in his first start and finished the regular season 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA in four starts. He finished the regular season with six straight hits for the RoughRiders.
Pitchers and catchers report for spring training at the team’s facility in Surprise, Ariz., on Feb. 15, with position players to follow through Feb. 20.
The spring training game schedule begins Feb. 24 with a game against Kansas City at the Surprise complex shared with the Royals.
The Rangers conclude their exhibition season with a pair of games at Globe Life Field against the Royals on March 27 and 28. The Rangers open the regular season at home against Philadelphia on March 30.
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