Here’s a quick look at Who’s Hot/Who’s not among Texas Rangers prospects from the month of April:
Ronald Guzman (1B, AAA Round Rock Express, P1500 Texas Rangers #6 prospect)
This Dominican 1B has posted a .340/.404/.479 slash line so far at AAA this season. At 22 years old, Guzman seems to be developing some pop, with 3 dingers in 94 at-bats so far this season. If Guzman keeps developing his power you should definitely keep an eye on him.
Scott Heineman (LF, AA Frisco RoughRiders, P1500 #22)
Heineman is playing very well at an age appropriate level at AA Frisco, posting a .274/.386/.464 slash line. Heineman has also hit 4 dingers and stolen 4 bags, flashing a nice power/speed profile that we fantasy owners love. Be careful though, he’s also struck out a bunch (24Ks in 84 ABs).
Collin Wiles (SP, AA Frisco RoughRiders, P1500 unranked)
A big (6-4, 222) righty, Wiles is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 4 starts for the RoughRiders this season. Wiles has posted an excellent 21:3 K/BB ratio in 24.0 IP so far this season. Be careful though, he’s also given up 5 longballs!
Michael O’Neill (OF, High-A Down East Wood Ducks, P1500 unranked)
Michael is the nephew of former Yankee great Paul O’Neill. While at 24 he’s a little advanced for his level, O’Neill has been ripping up the Carolina League for the Wood Ducks. He’s batting .326 with 3 HR, 7 2B, 2 3B, and has went 9-for-11 in stolen base attempts in 23 games this season.
Yanio Perez (OF, Low-A Hickory Crawdads, P1500 #10)
Perez is a bat-first Cuban making his U.S. professional debut this year. Perez has been tearing up the pitching in the Sally League to the tune of a 1.095 OPS. Perez has hit 6 HR in just 81 AB and has shown the Rangers that it is probably time to move him up a level or two. Of note, Perez has played games at 1B (5), 3B (2), LF (4), and RF (11) and committed errors all over the field.
Ariel Jurado (SP, AA Frisco RoughRiders, P1500 #3)
This Panamanian right-hander is projected to be a back-end rotation piece for the Rangers down the road. However, he’s been shellacked at AA so far this season, posting a 6.41 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 5 starts, going 1-3. Jurado is an extreme groundball pitcher, but he’s given up more flyballs this season than usual. This has led to 5 homeruns being hit against him in just 26.2 innings. A severe case of gopheritis.
Anderson Tejeda (SS, Low-A Hickory Crawdads, P1500 #4)
He’s a middle infielder that has flashed some power/speed potential in the past. However, Tejeda is only batting .213 so far in the Sally League this season. Tejeda’s problem is obvious; he’s struck out in 31 of his 61 at-bats this season. He’s still only 19, but he’s got to learn to make contact if he wants to continue to climb the ladder in the Rangers organization.
Yeyson Yrizarri (2B/SS, Low-A Hickory Crawdads, P1500 #18)
Poor Crawdads. Their middle-info combo of Tejeda and Yrizarri just hasn’t been able to hit to save their lives. Yrizarri is batting a measly .167 in 90 ABs this season. His OBP is a miserable .191. He’s still only 20 years old though.
Article featured image of Scott Heineman – courtesy Ben Sandstrom/MiLB.com