Top 10 Prospects to Watch for the 2016 Season

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6. Nomar Mazara, OF – Texas Rangers

Despite a season-ending injury to Yu Darvish early in the 2015 season, the Rangers surprised everyone with a late season run to an AL West crown. The Rangers season ended in heartbreak with a first round playoff exit, but the team has a lot to build on going into 2016. Even with the acquisition of Cole Hamels, and the large prospect haul the Rangers gave up, the team still has several interesting prospects who could be ready next season. Obviously Joey Gallo is the most interesting but given his promotion late last year, the best of all of them is outfielder Nomar Mazara.

Mazara split time between Double-A and Triple-A last season, performing fantastically at the plate at both levels. In Double-A, Mazara slashed .284/.357/.443 with a wRC+ of 123 in 470 plate appearances over 111 games before his late season promotion to Triple-A. Mazara finished the season with 88 plate appearances over 20 games in Triple-A, slashing .358/.409/.444 with a wRC+ of 132. Mazara may need a little more time in Triple-A to start next year, but should see some playing time next season, especially if Josh Hamilton struggles for the Rangers in left field.

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