March 11, 2019 - Reinforcements are on the way as the Rangers minor league system is in good shape, especially in the outfield and on the mound.
Outfielder Bubba Thompson may have the highest upside. He turned down division one scholarship offers to play quarterback in the SEC to play baseball. Thompson is the fastest baserunner in the Rangers system.
Bubba Thompson said, "I want to show power. I want to show I can do everything. Even if I do have speed I want to show all the tools."
Rangers Director of Minor League Operations Paul Krueger said, "He’s finally into baseball being his only real sport whereas in high school as the top-rated quarterback prospect out of Alabama plus playing baseball he had a lot going on. We’re taking an uber-athlete and combining it with the smarts that he has. We’ll hopefully have a major, major impact player for years to come."
On the mound, 20-year-old Hans Crouse is animated and can deliver heat.
Hans Crouse said, "The top guys here have a lot of faith in me and my ability, what I could become for this organization. I know I have to keep working hard and perfecting my craft."
Krueger said, "He’s working on a changeup which I think will be a big separator for him. And he’s got that moxie too."
The 15th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Cole Winn is a 19-year-old talent who’ll never forget the first time suiting up in a Rangers uniform.
Cole Winn said, "The first time was so incredible. It was unlike any other jersey I’ve ever put on. It was so special."
(PAUL KRUEGER/RANGERS DIRECTOR OF MINOR LEAGUE OPERATIONS)
Krueger said, "A power arm with a power breaking ball that we haven’t seen much of in the system the past couple years."
Fans have a lot to be excited about in the next coming years with this group of youth.
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