Rangers first round selection slots in as the team’s future at the hot corner.
Jung is an advanced college bat selected out of Texas Tech in the first round of the 2019 draft. Jung’s athleticism really stands out when you watch him at the plate. He’s strong all over the place; shoulders, wrists, hips, lower half. All this combines to create some serious bat speed.
He was pretty uneven at putting that bat speed to work in his pro debut. He posted a 118 OPS+ and 80 ISO+ for Class-A Hickory as a 21-year-old college pick. He made a good amount of contact (16 K%) but just didn’t drive the ball for extra bases. Jung looked like he was pressing and unrelaxed at the plate. He worked himself into a lot of pitcher’s counts, where he predictably strugged. For example, 16 percent of his Sally League PAs ended in 1-2 counts (league average 13%), where he recorded a .245 OPS. It’s just too hard to get ahead when you’re working from behind.
His defense at third base should be just fine. Footwork and hands are average and his arm strength is above-average. If push comes to shove, Apostel is the third baseman more likely to move off the corner. I’m sure that the Rangers faithful would gladly take a Jung/Apostel position battle in spring training 2022.