Prospects for a Happy New Year.

It was a fantastic year of Texas Rangers baseball, the best one yet.  And another tremendous month of book sales to finish out the year, and I thank you all for that.

The calendar’s no reason, of course, that you can’t still grab a Bound Edition or T-shirt for yourself or the Rangers fans in your circle.  The word “Darvish” even shows up 22 times in the book, even though the story ends three days after the final baseball played in 2011, more than six weeks before Nippon Ham announced it would post the 25-year-old righthander.

Darvish doesn’t, however, show up in this year’s Newberg Report serving of black-eyed peas, the annual January 1st disconnect that is the ranking of the top 72 Rangers prospects you’ll find on Page 3 of the book.

Then again, Darvish wouldn’t be on the list now, either, because he’s not yet a Ranger.

And he’d never be on the list, anyway, because even if he’s eligible for Rookie of the Year consideration in 2012, it would seem sorta silly to consider him a prospect at all.

But if you’d like, you can move the first 54 guys down one slot each, removing number 55 Ryan Kelly (who was traded to San Diego a week and a half ago), and plug Darvish in at number 1.

  1. Jurickson Profar, SS
  2. Martin Perez, LHP
  3. Mike Olt, 3B
  4. Leonys Martin, OF
  5. Jorge Alfaro, C
  6. David Perez, RHP
  7. Ronald Guzman, 1B
  8. Neil Ramirez, RHP
  9. Tanner Scheppers, RHP
  10. Jordan Akins, OF
  11. Rougned Odor, 2B
  12. Nomar Mazara, OF
  13. Christian Villanueva, 3B
  14. Cody Buckel, RHP
  15. Luke Jackson, RHP
  16. Robbie Ross, LHP
  17. Matt West, RHP
  18. Will Lamb, LHP
  19. Miguel De Los Santos, LHP
  20. Kevin Matthews, LHP
  21. Jake Skole, OF
  22. Luis Sardinas, SS
  23. Roman Mendez, RHP
  24. Barret Loux, RHP
  25. Engel Beltre, OF
  26. Justin Grimm, RHP
  27. Zach Cone, OF
  28. Tomas Telis, C
  29. Odubel Herrera, 2B
  30. Kellin Deglan, C
  31. Leury Garcia, SS
  32. Victor Payano, LHP
  33. Wilmer Font, RHP
  34. Johan Yan, RHP
  35. Yohander Mendez, LHP
  36. Hanser Alberto, SS
  37. Fabio Castillo, RHP
  38. Mark Hamburger, RHP
  39. Jake Brigham, RHP
  40. Nick Tepesch, RHP
  41. Luis Marte, SS
  42. Jose Felix, C
  43. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  44. Ryan Strausborger, OF
  45. Justin Miller, RHP
  46. Drew Robinson, 3B
  47. Jared Hoying, OF
  48. Teodoro Martinez, OF
  49. Carlos Melo, RHP
  50. Matt Thompson, RHP
  51. Francisco Mendoza, RHP
  52. Chris Garia, OF
  53. Jose Valdespina, RHP
  54. Wilfredo Boscan, RHP
  55. Ryan Kelly, RHP
  56. Chad Bell, LHP
  57. Joey Butler, OF
  58. Cody Eppley, RHP
  59. Tommy Mendonca, 3B
  60. Chris McGuiness, 1B
  61. Joseph Ortiz, LHP
  62. Abel De Los Santos, RHP
  63. Trevor Hurley, RHP
  64. Ovispo De Los Santos, RHP
  65. Corey Young, LHP
  66. Chad Tracy, 1B
  67. Santiago Chirino, 2B-3B
  68. Ryan Rodebaugh, RHP
  69. Geuris Grullon, LHP
  70. Chris Hanna, LHP
  71. Jimmy Reyes, LHP
  72. Andrew Clark, 1B

Happy New Year.

And Happy Near-Yu.

(And I wasn’t even over-served last night.)


Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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