Josh Jung
22-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A big (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) third baseman from Texas Tech, Jung was seen as one of the safer bats from the college ranks, which led to the Rangers selecting him with the eighth-overall pick in the 2019 draft. The hope is that he will be a plus hitter who develops plus game power. As things stand, he might be a little too content to show off that hit tool (42.3 Oppo%, 16.2 K% at Low-A), given that he will need to be a run producer in the big leagues. Jung is a below-average runner, but he played some shortstop in college and should have the hands and arm to stick at the hot corner. Realistic outcomes range from Justin Turner to Colin Moran, assuming Jung continues with the hit-over-power approach. He will likely be sent to High-A for the start of his age-22 season, but should spend the majority of the year at Double-A if he performs as expected, setting up a potential 2021 MLB debut. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Rangers in July of 2019 that includes a $4.4 million signing bonus.
Will develop in summer camp
3BTexas Rangers
June 29, 2020
Jung was added to the Rangers' 60-man player pool Sunday.
Jung, who was drafted eighth-overall by the Rangers in 2019, is not yet on the 40-man roster and probably won't get a sniff playing time against major-league pitching in 2020. The 22-year-old third baseman appeared in 40 games at Low-A Hickory where he slashed .287/.363/.389 with one home run and 23 RBI for the Crawdads in 2019. The Rangers will continue their work, likely in the alternate training camp, to develop Jung's power stroke.
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Works on pulling ball
3BTexas Rangers
April 17, 2020
Jung spent the offseason working on pulling the ball, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Jumps to Low-A
3BTexas Rangers
July 15, 2019
Jung was promoted to Low-A Hickory on Monday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Eighth overall pick by Texas
3BTexas Rangers
June 3, 2019
The Rangers have selected Jung with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 first-year player draft.
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