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Josh Jung is already climbing through the Minors

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The Texas Rangers’ first pick has been demolishing rookie level competition

One month and a half ago we celebrated Josh Jung, the former Red Raiders’ third baseman, who was selected in the MLB draft by the Texas Rangers with the eighth overall pick. Now we have him already playing at Class A level, with the Hickory Crawdads, in North Carolina.

How was this possible?

Easy answer: he simply destroyed the rookie level.

Josh was assigned to the Rangers’ affiliate in the Arizona League, where he made his professional debut on July 10. His line? 3/4 with a home run and three RBIs. This was only the beginning as he had two more 3-hit games in the following five days. As a result, the Rangers immediately promoted him to the Crawdads.

These were Josh’s numbers in the Arizona League:

Games: 4

At bats: 17

Hits: 10

Home runs: 1

Triples: 1

Doubles: 1

RBIs: 5

AVG: .588

OBP: .632

OPS: 1.573

Well, you could think he suffered this big jump and struggled in his two games in North Carolina. Are you kidding?

He appeared in two games, in which he went 3 for 8 (.375) with a double, a base on balls and a stolen base. Quite impressive, isn’t it? He owns a 6-game hitting streak made of all the professional games he played.

We’ll continue to monitor his performances during the summer, but at the moment we can say we’re quite impressed by the start of his trip towards the Major League.