3 Rangers Prospects Who Need to Be Called Up Before the All-Star Break
The Texas Rangers have been the definition of a middle-of-the-pack team to start the 2022 MLB season, posting an 18-22 record through 40 games. Even with a sub-.500 record, a potential postseason appearance isn't out of the question as Texas is just 3.5 games back of the final American League Wild Card spot.
If the Rangers want to make a run at the playoffs, they'll need their roster to be as strong as can be. The simplest way of finding help would be to call up several prospects who'd be improvements over any underperforming player.
Here's a look at three Rangers prospects who need to be called up ahead of the 2022 MLB All-Star Break.
Texas Rangers Roster Rumors
1. Davis Wendzel, 3B/SS
Andy Ibáñez has been lacking at third base this season, batting well under .200. Calling up No. 17th ranked Davis Wendzel could at least help provide some extra competition at the position. Wendzel is showing a knack for power at Triple-A Round Rock this season, smashing 6 home runs in just 36 games. Josh Jung appears to be the heir apparent at the hot corner, but his recent surgery has him sidelined. Wendzel's power could be a nice punch for a team ranking just 25th in slugging percentage.
2. Josh H. Smith, SS/3B/CF
The Rangers like to have some versatility on their bench and that's exactly what Josh H. Smith brings to the table. The 24-year-old has proven that he can play multiple positions, spending most of his time at shortstop and third. He finally cracked Triple-A this season and has proven that he belongs, tallying three homers, 23 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 137 at-bats with the Round Rock Express. He also has a 1.000 fielding percentage in 74.0 innings played in centerfield this season. Even if he doesn't crack the Rangers' starting lineup, Smith can instantly make their bench that much better.
3. Ezekiel Duran, 2B/SS/3B
Another versatile infielder in the Rangers' system is Ezekiel Duran. The 23-year-old Dominican had looked promising to begin the Double-A season, tallying 18 doubles, six HRs and 26 RBIs through his first 148 at-bats. He's striking out less than he was last year while also drawing a walk every third game. Duran certainly has the potential to be an everyday MLB player one day and the Rangers should give him the chance to see if he's ready with a pre-All-Star call-up.
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