In a season as bad as 2014 was for the Texas Rangers' big-league club, the general rule is fans and the front office, itself, takes some solace in the fact the team might have a few top prospects giving them something to look forward down the line.
The Rangers had that in spades in 2014, and that was proven when the Single-A Carolina League released its final list of top 20 prospects — a list that was dominated by Rangers prospects.
Topping the list, of course, was third base prospect Joey Gallo, who won the Carolina League MVP award despite being called up to Double-A Frisco in July. He still led the league in home runs and fell one shy of Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant for the home run crown in minor-league baseball. Just behind Gallo at No. 2 on the list was catcher Jorge Alfaro.
After those top two prospects, the Rangers had six others check in in the top 20, including RHP Chi-Chi Gonzalez (No. 10), OF Nick Williams (No. 11), OF Lewis Brinson (No. 15), LHP Andrew Faulkner (No. 17), RHP Jose Leclerc (No. 19) and lefty reliever Alex Claudio (No. 20), who made it to Arlington and was successful this season.