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August 12, 2014

Pebble Hunting

The Unlikeliest Part of the Rangers' Collapse

by Sam Miller


Two years and two months ago, the Rangers looked so invincible that it inspired me to write about the ways that seemingly invincible civilizations nevertheless collapse. Of the seven that I attempted to apply, a case could be made that five are relevant to the Rangers:

  • Their ability to make hugely profitable trades dried up, or, probably more accurately, regressed;
  • Their cache of excellent prospects failed to develop into productive major leaguers (so far);
  • The teams around them got much, much better;
  • In competitive situations, they made short-term moves at the expense of long-term sustainability; and
  • They got hurt.

The last one is the big one, the one that every post-mortem of the 2014 Rangers will focus on, and the justification for some springtime-optimism pieces come February. The Rangers have already lost 1,500 days to injury, 40 percent more than any other team. But while the Rangers have undoubtedly been crushed by long absences of Martin Perez, Derek Holland, Prince Fielder, Jurickson Profar, Geovany Soto, Neftali Feliz—deeeep breath—and others, the effects have been multiplied by the other collapse factors, particularly the inability to develop and/or hold onto prospects. Here are the 20 Rangers prospects who were most highly regarded in, at the time, a very highly regarded system:

  1. Jurickson Profar, SS
  2. Martin Perez, LHP
  3. Mike Olt, 3B
  4. Neil Ramirez, RHP
  5. Jorge Alfaro, C
  6. Leonys Martin, OF
  7. Christian Villanueva, 3B
  8. Roman Mendez, RHP
  9. Ronald Guzman, OF/1B
  10. Robbie Ross, LHP
  11. Cody Buckel, RHP
  12. Nomar Mazara, OF
  13. Tanner Scheppers, RHP
  14. Jordan Akins, OF
  15. David Perez, RHP
  16. Rougned Odor, 2B
  17. Matt West, RHP
  18. Kevin Matthews, LHP
  19. Leury Garcia, SS
  20. Will Lamb, LHP

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