Josh Jung Texas Rangers

Age: 23 (February 12, 1998) | 6' 2" | 215lbs. | Bats: Right Minors: 3b-56 dh-23
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TEX AA 2021 43 169 25 52 13 42 8 1 10 40 2 2 .308 .366 .544 7 23 .356 n/a
TEX AAA 2021 35 135 29 47 18 34 14 0 9 21 0 0 .348 .436 .652 12 22 .413 n/a
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He comes in at No. 5 on the Baseball Forecaster's list of Top 75 Impact Prospects for 2022. Here's why.

Josh Jung (3B, TEX) has plus bat-to-ball skills and rarely
chases balls out of the zone—a rare feat for a player with plus
power. Jung was limited to just 304 AB, but he still managed 42
XBH and a .592 SLG%. Jung is an above-average defender at 3B
with a decent range, good hands, and a strong arm. The retooling
Rangers should be able to make room for Jung to take over at
3B in 2022 and his career line of .322/.394/.538 is plenty to get
excited about. 

Alex Patton Alex

Baseball America rolled out its top 10 prospects on the Rangers today. We don't have the No. 1 prospect, Jack Leiter, in our database yet. Here's the Avis.

    

  1. 2. Josh Jung | 3B
    Josh Jung
    Born: Feb 12, 1998 
    Bats: R Throws: R 
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215 
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Tech, 2019 (1st round). 
    Signed By: Josh Simpson. 
    Minors: .326/.398/.592 | 19 HR | 2 SB | 304 AB 

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Jung was the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2019 out of Texas Tech, where he spent three seasons and earned Big 12 conference co-player of the year honors in his draft year. He signed for $4.4 million. Jung spent 2020 at Texas’ alternate training site before seeing game action in instructional league. His 2021 season was delayed by a broken foot, but he recovered in time to show his development into a more complete hitter. 

    Scouting Report: Jung’s offensive profile took a big step forward in 2021. He worked to make contact earlier, and the result was an increase in pull-side power. He has big-time bat speed and plus raw power, which showed up in a 91.1 mph average exit velocity that tied for second in the organization and was nearly the same as big league power brokers Pete Alonso and Jorge Soler. While he rehabbed his foot injury, he used virtual reality to simulate at-bats and would often watch extended spring training games at the team’s complex in Arizona. Jung has worked hard to up his game defensively and shown a better first step and pre-pitch anticipation. He’s unlikely to be a standout at third base, but he should reach fringe-average with continued work. He has the arm strength to stick at third base, too, and has worked to improve his throwing stroke. Jung is a below-average runner.

    The Future: After a standout look at the upper levels, Jung will likely start 2022 at Triple-A Round Rock and should push for his big league debut. He has the ceiling of a third baseman who fits nicely in the middle of the Rangers’ remade lineup.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 20 '21