JOSH JUNG
Nickname:   N/A Position:   3B
Home: N/A Team:   RANGERS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 215 Throws:   R
DOB: 2/12/1998 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: San Antonio, TX
Draft: Rangers #1 - 2019 - Out of Texas Tech Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2019 SAL HICKORY   40 157 18 45 13 0 1 23 4 1 16 29 .363 .389 .287
2019 AZL SURPRISE   4 17 5 10 1 1 1 5 0 0 2 3 .632 .941 .588
2021 DAC FRISCO   43 169 25 52 8 1 10 40 2 2 13 42 .366 .544 .308
2021 TAW ROUND ROCK   35 135 29 47 14 0 9 21 0 0 18 34 .436 .652 .348
2022 ACL ACL-Rangers   8 25 4 6 0 0 3 5 0 0 3 5 .345 .600 .240
Personal
  • Jung CLASS="highlight"> graduated CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> MacArthur CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Antonio, CLASS="highlight"> Texas. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • Josh's CLASS="highlight"> parents CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> Jeff CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Mary CLASS="highlight"> Jung. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> dad CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> football CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> state CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Texas. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Both CLASS="highlight"> parents CLASS="highlight"> graduated CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> University CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Texas.

  • At CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> Tech, CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> majored CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> communication CLASS="highlight"> studies. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">  CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> first-team CLASS="highlight"> Freshman CLASS="highlight"> All-American CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2017. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> then, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> All-American CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2018, CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> sophomore CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> Tech. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> (#8 CLASS="highlight"> overall), CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> Tech CLASS="highlight"> University. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> C CLASS="highlight"> Adley CLASS="highlight"> Rutschman CLASS="highlight"> (O's), CLASS="highlight"> Bobby CLASS="highlight"> Witt CLASS="highlight"> Jr. CLASS="highlight"> (Royals), CLASS="highlight"> Andrew CLASS="highlight"> Vaughn CLASS="highlight"> (White CLASS="highlight"> Sox), CLASS="highlight"> JJ CLASS="highlight"> Bleday CLASS="highlight"> (Marlins), CLASS="highlight"> Riley CLASS="highlight"> Greene CLASS="highlight"> (Tigers), CLASS="highlight"> C.J. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Abrams, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> P CLASS="highlight"> Nick CLASS="highlight"> Lodolo CLASS="highlight"> (Reds).

    “Just CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> general CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> dream CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> true,” CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “Getting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> enough CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> special. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Also, CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> staying CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Texas, CLASS="highlight"> that’s CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> special. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> excited.”

  • After CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> drafted, CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> unfinished CLASS="highlight"> business. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Red CLASS="highlight"> Raiders CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> advanced CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Super CLASS="highlight"> Regional CLASS="highlight"> level CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NCAA CLASS="highlight"> Tournament CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> goal CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> returning CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> College CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series. CLASS="highlight"> Once CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Red CLASS="highlight"> Raiders’ CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> over, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> expect CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> issues CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> terms CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Jung.

    “Very CLASS="highlight"> excited,” CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> scouting CLASS="highlight"> director CLASS="highlight"> Kip CLASS="highlight"> Fagg CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “Very CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> hitter, CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> defender, CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> kid. CLASS="highlight"> We CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> excited CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> Josh.”  CLASS="highlight"> (Sullivan CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 6/3/19)

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 3, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> reached CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> agreement CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> $4. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">4 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> bonus, CLASS="highlight"> via CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> Simpson. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> (It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> $700,000 CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> slot CLASS="highlight"> value CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> $5,176,000 CLASS="highlight"> million.)

  • Josh's CLASS="highlight"> younger CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> Jace CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> following CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> footsteps CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Antonio CLASS="highlight"> McArthur CLASS="highlight"> school.

  • 2019 CLASS="highlight"> Season: So CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pro CLASS="highlight"> player? CLASS="highlight"> Well, CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> few CLASS="highlight"> words, CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> looked CLASS="highlight"> good. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> arrived CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers’ CLASS="highlight"> system, CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rookie CLASS="highlight"> affiliate CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> stunning CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> games. CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> 10-17 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> extra CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> hits CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> five CLASS="highlight"> RBI. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> earned CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> promotion CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Single-A CLASS="highlight"> Hickory, CLASS="highlight"> skipping CLASS="highlight"> Spokane CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> together. CLASS="highlight"> While CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stats CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> posted CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> four-game CLASS="highlight"> stint CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Rookie-ball, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> fairly CLASS="highlight"> impressive CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Hickory CLASS="highlight"> despite CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> less CLASS="highlight"> skipping CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> levels CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> pro CLASS="highlight"> ball.

    Jung CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> 40 CLASS="highlight"> appearances CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Crawdads CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> posted CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .287 CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> there. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> real CLASS="highlight"> knock CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Jung’s CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Hickory CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> power CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> infielder CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> homer CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 157 CLASS="highlight"> at-bats CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> saw CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> OPS CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> .752, CLASS="highlight"> somewhat CLASS="highlight"> below CLASS="highlight"> expectations. CLASS="highlight"> However, CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> standpoint CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> putting CLASS="highlight"> together CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> at-bats, CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> struck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> 29 CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> walking CLASS="highlight"> 16 CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> driving CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 23 CLASS="highlight"> runs. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • In CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 2021, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> Handbook CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> #1 CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers' CLASS="highlight"> organization. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> dropped CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> #2 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2022. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • 2020 CLASS="highlight"> Alternate CLASS="highlight"> Camp:  CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> 2019, CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> pitchers CLASS="highlight"> Cole CLASS="highlight"> Winn CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Ricky CLASS="highlight"> Vanasco CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Class CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> Hickory, CLASS="highlight"> helping CLASS="highlight"> lead CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Crawdads CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> South CLASS="highlight"> Atlantic CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> finals. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> summer, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> trio CLASS="highlight"> developed CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> intense CLASS="highlight"> competition CLASS="highlight"> amid CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> solitude CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers' CLASS="highlight"> alternate CLASS="highlight"> training CLASS="highlight"> site, CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> simulated CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> empty CLASS="highlight"> ballparks.

    “It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> mutual CLASS="highlight"> respect CLASS="highlight"> thing,” CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> am CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> beat CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> care CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> are. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> care CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> friends, CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> beat CLASS="highlight"> you. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> mentality CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> reciprocated CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> sure. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> pitcher CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> inning, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> box CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> turned CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fight.”

    This CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> supposed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> spend CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> summer, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers' CLASS="highlight"> first-round CLASS="highlight"> Draft CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> Tech CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2019, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> becoming CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 1 CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> per CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Pipeline. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    In CLASS="highlight"> 2020, CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> should CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Class CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> Advanced CLASS="highlight"> Down CLASS="highlight"> East CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> possibly CLASS="highlight"> Double-A CLASS="highlight"> Frisco, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> steps CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> fulfilling CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> dream CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> Leagues. CLASS="highlight"> Instead, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> assigned CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> alternate CLASS="highlight"> camp, CLASS="highlight"> held CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Globe CLASS="highlight"> Life CLASS="highlight"> Field CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> road CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> old CLASS="highlight"> Globe CLASS="highlight"> Life CLASS="highlight"> Park CLASS="highlight"> across CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> street CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> home.

    Jung CLASS="highlight"> counted CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> lucky. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> allowed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 60-man CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> pool, CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> weren't CLASS="highlight"> included CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> sent CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> canceled CLASS="highlight"> due CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> COVID-19 CLASS="highlight"> pandemic.

    “You CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> say, CLASS="highlight"> 'If CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> dogging CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> today, CLASS="highlight"> that’s CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lack CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> respect CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> guys,'” CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “Because CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> wish CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> shoes. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> day. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> can’t CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> days CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> lackadaisical.”

    Jung CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> Summer CLASS="highlight"> Camp, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> call CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> Leagues. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> reluctant CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 40-man CLASS="highlight"> roster CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> need CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> protected CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> winter CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rule CLASS="highlight"> 5 CLASS="highlight"> Draft.

    Jung CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> experience, CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> Atkinson, CLASS="highlight"> Josue CLASS="highlight"> Perez CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Brad CLASS="highlight"> Flanders, CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> well CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> infield CLASS="highlight"> coordinator CLASS="highlight"> Kenny CLASS="highlight"> Holmberg. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 

    “Josh CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> ceiling CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> floor CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> everyday CLASS="highlight"> infielder CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> key CLASS="highlight"> cog CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> middle CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> championship-level CLASS="highlight"> lineup,” CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> director CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> operations CLASS="highlight"> Paul CLASS="highlight"> Kruger CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “Josh CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> consistently CLASS="highlight"> given CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> at-bats CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> alternate-site CLASS="highlight"> camp CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> continues CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> show CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> mix CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> above-average CLASS="highlight"> power CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> plus CLASS="highlight"> approach CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate.

    “He CLASS="highlight"> continues CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> defensively CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> [multiple] CLASS="highlight"> infield CLASS="highlight"> positions, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> footwork CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> agility CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> done CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> strength CLASS="highlight"> staff CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Kenny CLASS="highlight"> Holmberg CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> helped CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> continue CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> improve CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> steps CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> angles CLASS="highlight"> defensively. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> helped CLASS="highlight"> turn CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> defender CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> positions CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> infield.”

    The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> hosted CLASS="highlight"> intrasquad CLASS="highlight"> games, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> plenty CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> extra CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> available CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> anybody CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> needed CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> primarily CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> baseman, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> infield CLASS="highlight"> positions CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> increase CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> versatility. CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> physically CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> mentally CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> beyond CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> experience CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> possibly CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> better CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> games.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> that’s CLASS="highlight"> crazy CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> say, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> times, CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> often CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> train CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> months CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> stadium CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> understand CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> while CLASS="highlight"> you’re CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> Leagues?” CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “Like CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> happens. CLASS="highlight"> Being CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arlington, CLASS="highlight"> training CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> staff, CLASS="highlight"> having CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> coordinator CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> feel CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> valuable CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> games.” 

  • The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> sent CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> alternate CLASS="highlight"> camp. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Antonio CLASS="highlight"> native CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> waiting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> instructional CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arizona. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> plan CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> possible CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> start CLASS="highlight"> applying CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> learned CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> summer.

    “Going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Arlington, CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> blast,” CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “Get CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> months, CLASS="highlight"> learning CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> guys, CLASS="highlight"> seeing CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> play, CLASS="highlight"> seeing CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> operates, CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> camp CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> unbelievable CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> experience. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">”

    Josh CLASS="highlight"> finished CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> instructional CLASS="highlight"> league, CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> starred CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> hitters CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arizona. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> (TR CLASS="highlight"> Sullivan CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Sept CLASS="highlight"> 22, CLASS="highlight"> 2020)

  • 2021 CLASS="highlight"> Season: CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> missed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> month CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> following CLASS="highlight"> foot CLASS="highlight"> surgery, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> slash CLASS="highlight"> .326/.398/.592 CLASS="highlight"> (.990 CLASS="highlight"> OPS) CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> Double-A CLASS="highlight"> Frisco CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Triple-A CLASS="highlight"> Round CLASS="highlight"> Rock. CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> phenomenal CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> stretch, CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> nine CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 35 CLASS="highlight"> Triple-A CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Express CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 67-62 CLASS="highlight"> record. CLASS="highlight"> /> CLASS="highlight"> /> CLASS="highlight"> />

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  • Jan CLASS="highlight"> 31, CLASS="highlight"> 2022: CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> thinks CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> offseason CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> longest CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers’ CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 2 CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> kept CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> busy CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> lots CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> experimental CLASS="highlight"> cooking.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> bought CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Traeger CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Blackstone CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> smoker,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> watching CLASS="highlight"> new CLASS="highlight"> television CLASS="highlight"> shows; CLASS="highlight"> “Book CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Boba CLASS="highlight"> Fett” CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Disney+ CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> recent CLASS="highlight"> favorite. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> heading CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> alma CLASS="highlight"> mater CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Lubbock, CLASS="highlight"> Texas, CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> catch CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> brother, CLASS="highlight"> 2022 CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 6 CLASS="highlight"> Draft CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> Jace CLASS="highlight"> Jung, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Texas CLASS="highlight"> Tech CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> team.  

    It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> needed CLASS="highlight"> rest CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 6-foot-2 CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> baseman, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> slashed CLASS="highlight"> .326/.398/.592 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .990 CLASS="highlight"> OPS CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 78 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> Double-A CLASS="highlight"> Frisco CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Triple-A CLASS="highlight"> Round CLASS="highlight"> Rock CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2022, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> explained CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> reporters CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> prospects CLASS="highlight"> met CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Globe CLASS="highlight"> Life CLASS="highlight"> Field CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> organizational CLASS="highlight"> leadership CLASS="highlight"> minicamp.

    “It's CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> actually CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> fun,” CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> downtime. CLASS="highlight"> “Finishing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> giving CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> foot CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> recover CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> huge. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> completely CLASS="highlight"> off. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> lifted CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> bit CLASS="highlight"> towards CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> itch. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> six CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> completely CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> ‘Hey, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> learned CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot. CLASS="highlight"> Let's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> reflect CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> myself.’”

  • Jung CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> club's CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> prospect, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> infielder CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> anticipating CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> stationed CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hot CLASS="highlight"> corner CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> selected CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 8 CLASS="highlight"> overall CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Draft. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> taken CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> step CLASS="highlight"> necessary CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arlington CLASS="highlight"> sooner CLASS="highlight"> rather CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> later.

    Before CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> debut CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> June, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> plan CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> “be CLASS="highlight"> water” CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> batter’s CLASS="highlight"> box. CLASS="highlight"> Taking CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> phrase CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> famed CLASS="highlight"> martial CLASS="highlight"> artist CLASS="highlight"> Bruce CLASS="highlight"> Lee, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> refine CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mental CLASS="highlight"> skills CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> well CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> physical CLASS="highlight"> ones CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> rehabbed CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> foot CLASS="highlight"> injury.

    He CLASS="highlight"> admits CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> wasn’t CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> easy, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> struggled CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> return CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> injury. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> stopped CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> head, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> easy.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> definitely CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> moments CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rock CLASS="highlight"> instead CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> water, CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> stubborn CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate,” CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> saying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> myself, CLASS="highlight"> ‘Surrender CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> result CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> walking CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> box.’ CLASS="highlight"> Those CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> weeks CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> struggle CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> complacent. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> saying CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> super CLASS="highlight"> intentional CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> process. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> process CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> fun.”

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    After CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> Draft, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> debuted CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> Arizona CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> Low-A CLASS="highlight"> Hickory. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> then, CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> prepared CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> pandemic CLASS="highlight"> shut CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> Minor CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2020 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Texas’ CLASS="highlight"> taxi CLASS="highlight"> squad. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> despite CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> weird CLASS="highlight"> hand CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> dealt CLASS="highlight"> throughout CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> career, CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> thrived CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> given CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> opportunity.

    “Josh CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> impressed CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> somebody CLASS="highlight"> who's CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> advantage CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> resource CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> disposal,” CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> president CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> operations CLASS="highlight"> Jon CLASS="highlight"> Daniels. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> mean, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> genuine CLASS="highlight"> curiosity CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> desire CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> improve, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> saying CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hear. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> acts CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> researches CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> own. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> drive CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> improve CLASS="highlight"> himself.”

    It's CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> anticipation CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> fans, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> seems CLASS="highlight"> poised CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> debut CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2022. CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> unclear CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> that’ll CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> Opening CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> later CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> there’s CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> doubt CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Arlington CLASS="highlight"> soon.

    The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> suddenly CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> crowded CLASS="highlight"> infield CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> definitely CLASS="highlight"> won't CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> handed CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Opening CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> roster. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> After CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> signing CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Corey CLASS="highlight"> Seager CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Marcus CLASS="highlight"> Semien CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> man CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> middle CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> infield, CLASS="highlight"> Texas' CLASS="highlight"> 2021 CLASS="highlight"> starting CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> Isiah CLASS="highlight"> Kiner-Falefa CLASS="highlight"> may CLASS="highlight"> slide CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Jung’s CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> base.

    “You CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> optimistic, CLASS="highlight"> right?” CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> making CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Opening CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> roster. CLASS="highlight"> “Going CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> camp, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> healthy CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> stay CLASS="highlight"> healthy. CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> main CLASS="highlight"> goal. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> goal CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> break CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> club CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> point CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year. CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> goals CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> limits CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> truly CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> control CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> portion CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it. 

    “But CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> control CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> single CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> be. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> wins CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> job, CLASS="highlight"> great. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> doesn't, CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> wherever CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> ultimately CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> point. CLASS="highlight"> Whether CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> Opening CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> June CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> whenever.” CLASS="highlight"> (K CLASS="highlight"> Landry CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Jan CLASS="highlight"> 31, CLASS="highlight"> 2022)

  • Feb CLASS="highlight"> 23, CLASS="highlight"> 2022: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Rangers' CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> position-player CLASS="highlight"> prospect, CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> expected CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> debut CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> season, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> surgery CLASS="highlight"> extends CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> timeline CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> least CLASS="highlight"> mid-August. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> consecutive CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> injury CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> delayed CLASS="highlight"> Jung’s CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> highly CLASS="highlight"> anticipated CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> debut. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> 2021, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> suffered CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> stress CLASS="highlight"> fracture CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> foot CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> appear CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> until CLASS="highlight"> June.

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  • MLB CLASS="highlight"> debut CLASS="highlight"> (Sept. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 9, CLASS="highlight"> 2022): CLASS="highlight"> Josh CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> run CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> at-bat CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Globe CLASS="highlight"> Life CLASS="highlight"> Field. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

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  • 2022 CLASS="highlight"> Season: CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rangers' CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> saw CLASS="highlight"> 102 CLASS="highlight"> MLB CLASS="highlight"> plate CLASS="highlight"> appearances CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> .654 CLASS="highlight"> OPS CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 39:4 CLASS="highlight"> strikeout-to-walk CLASS="highlight"> ratio CLASS="highlight"> disappointed CLASS="highlight"> many, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> growing CLASS="highlight"> pains. CLASS="highlight"> Jung CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> .326/.398/.592 CLASS="highlight"> (.990) CLASS="highlight"> slash CLASS="highlight"> line CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2021 CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> Double-A CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Triple-A CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 19 CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 78 CLASS="highlight"> games. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Scouts CLASS="highlight"> rate CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> tool CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> 60-grade CLASS="highlight"> level, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> strong CLASS="highlight"> arm CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> average CLASS="highlight"> defense CLASS="highlight"> should CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> enough CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> hold CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> while.  CLASS="highlight"> (Tim CLASS="highlight"> Muma CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Nov. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 2, CLASS="highlight"> 2022)

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Batting
  • Jung is an imposing figure at the plate. He always gives you a professional at-bat. He can punish a pitcher's mistake because he controls the strike zone so well. He is big and strong, but his approach at the plate emphasizes hitting for both above-average (55 grade hit tool) and (60 grade) power. 


    Josh's 2022 season was the first time Jung showed real weakness at the plate
    . Between Triple-A and the big leagues, he struck out 74 times against just 11 walks. He was extremely aggressive during his time in the minor leagues, swinging nearly half the time and missing on pitches in the zone around 20% of the time. Rangers officials believe Jung was pressing a little bit and expect him to look a bit more like himself with further experience. That's especially true considering injuries and the pandemic have limited him to just 777 plate appearances in three seasons. (Josh Norris - Baseball America Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2023)


  • Jung was one of the most advanced hitters in his Draft class and his bat-on-ball skills, ability to recognize pitches and strike-zone management all have been as good as advertised. He has a sound right-handed stroke and after struggling to lift and pull pitches in his 2019 pro debut, he has adapted and is doing a much better job of translating his bat speed and strength into power. He's driving balls in the air more often and hitting them harder than in the past, and he could become a .300 hitter who produces 25 homers per season. (Spring 2022)

  • Josh displays exceptional strike-zone awareness, a polished, direct swing and the ability to hit pitches in any part of the zone. He primarily drives balls back up the middle or the opposite way into the right-center gap, but he makes adjustments and began pulling balls with authority late in 2021. He punished fastballs and wasn’t fazed by velocity.

    He worked to make contact earlier, and the result was an increase in pull-side power. He has big-time bat speed and plus raw power, which showed up in a 91.1 mph average exit velocity that tied for second in the organization and was nearly the same as big league power brokers Pete Alonso and Jorge Soler. While he rehabbed his foot injury, he used virtual reality to simulate at-bats and would often watch extended spring training games at the team’s complex in Arizona. (Josh Norris - Baseball America Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2022)

  • During his three years at Texas Tech, Jung batted .348. 
  • In 2019, Jung posted a .316 average while reaching Class A Hickory during his pro debut. 
  • His advanced approach and his overall knowledge of the game continue to leave a favorable impression, along with the work ethic and openness to trying something new.

    “The changes I've seen in him over the last couple of years, obviously shows he's put a ton of work in,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “But just the swing, his ability to work. It's no-nonsense. He wants the hardest work. And he's not scared. He's not shy.” (Jeff Wilson - Baseball America - Spring, 2022)

  • Jung struggles to fully take advantage of his significant strength; he's geared to driving the ball to right field and right-center. He has yet to show the ability to consistently pull an inside pitch. 

    Josh is a pure hitter who is best at driving the ball up the middle. That up-the-middle approach also helps him avoid getting pull-happy and chasing pitches off the plate. Multiple evaluators noted how impressed they were with his ability to lay off borderline pitches in tough counts. (Sept. 2021)

  • One of the most advanced hitters in his Draft class, Jung recognizes pitches and manages the strike zone well while barreling all types of pitching on a regular basis. He has a sound right-handed stroke and the bat speed and strength to hit at least 20 homers per season. After he had trouble pulling the ball for power in his first taste of pro ball, he made adjustments in 2020 to enable him to drive more balls in the air to left field. (Spring 2021)

  • The Rangers believe Jung is going to hit in the middle of their lineup for years to come. His bat-to-ball skills are the best in the organization, and he works over pitchers during an at-bat. It’s not just his strike-zone judgment that stands out, but his ability to adjust within an at-bat. His ability to make contact, which might be his best tool, allows him to be aggressive early in counts and still line a ball into the gap if he falls behind.

    Josh's hand speed fuels his ability to hit, and he has a sharp eye and an understanding of how to manipulate the barrel. Jung is going to be difficult to strike out, something that will stand out in the whiff-heavy Rangers lineup. The goal in 2020 was to transition Jung from simply a contact hitter, which he was in college, into a hitter who can do more damage. His power was mostly to right-center field at Texas Tech. 

    Jung worked on pulling fastballs in 2020 and developed to the point where 30-homer power is possible. He has 60 grade present power, and should be around 20 homers on the low end. But when a game is on the line, Jung is the hitter the Rangers will want at the plate. (Jeff Wilson - Baseball America Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2021)

  • One of the most polished hitters in the 2019 Draft, Jung recognizes pitches well, controls the strike zone and barrels the ball consistently. He has a sound right-handed swing and a mature approach, concentrating on driving the ball from gap to gap rather than swinging for the fences. He has the bat speed and strength to hit 25 homers per season, though he had trouble pulling the ball for power in his debut, and scouts are divided on how much pop he'll ultimately develop. (Spring 2020)

  • He’s calm and under control at the plate, staying inside the ball well with a short stroke and a straightaway hitting approach. He drives the ball well to the middle of the field and right-center field. He’s a patient, disciplined hitter who walked more than he struck out in each of his final two college seasons. He recognizes pitches well and puts himself into favorable counts, though when he does fall behind he’s comfortable hitting in those situations because of his bat-to-ball skills.

    Jung has a chance to develop into a plus hitter, though the question is how much power he will have. Some scouts think he could have average power, but it’s a hit-first profile, with Jung’s approach geared for line drives and spreading the ball around the park rather than trying to turn on the ball for extra-base damage. (Ben Badler - BA Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2020)

  • He understands the strike zone and draws walks.

  • Josh has a solid awareness of the strike zone and is happy to work deep in counts.

    Falling behind doesn’t seem to bother him either, as he’s shown he can work back from disadvantaged counts. When Jung does get a quality pitch to hit, his swing is geared to drive the ball up the middle or to the right-center field gap.

    There are plenty of examples of hitters who learn how to pull the ball as pros, but without significant changes, Jung projects as having average power, at best. Some evaluators have concerns that part of his hit-over-power approach comes from his average bat speed. (Baseball America - May, 2019)

  • He has power to the gaps, and some of those balls will leave the yard when he matures.

  • Josh impresses with his ability to keep his hands inside the ball with a backside-oriented approach. Jung has plenty of strength and bat speed, and should hit for more in-game power in the future as he pulls the ball more regularly. He has a nice opposite-field approach.

    And Jung has a good feel for making adjustments during plate appearances. (Spring, 2019)

  • Sept 2020: Jung still said it was a great experience, getting to work with Minor League hitting coaches Cody Atkinson, Josue Perez and Brad Flanders, as well as infield coordinator Kenny Holmberg. Texas measured its hitters every day in different categories -- such as strike zone recognition, quality of at-bats -- and Jung was regularly finishing near the top.

    “Josh has a very high ceiling and high floor and the chance to be an everyday infielder and key cog in the middle of a championship-level lineup,” Rangers director of Minor League operations Paul Kruger said. “Josh has consistently given some of the best at-bats in alternate-site camp and continues to show a mix of above-average power and plus approach at the plate.

  • 2020 Season:  Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B (No. 1/MLB No. 50)

    The No. 8 overall draft pick in 2019, Jung was one of the most advanced hitters in his Draft class and could take over at third base for the Rangers early next season. He made progress with pulling the ball for power at the alternate training site and in instructional league while also improving his defense at the hot corner and getting some action at shortstop, second base and the outfield.

Fielding
  • Josh has near-average range at 3rd base, for a 45 grade. His hands and footwork are both adequate. He just lacks lateral quickness. But he can more than handle business at the hot corner. He’s a big-bodied third baseman, but he shows excellent body control, soft hands and an accurate arm that grades 50.


    Jung is mostly steady at third base but struggles on hard shots hit his way
    . He's got the body control and agility to make accurate throws from a variety of angles, which mitigates his below-average arm strength.

  • Jung also has worked diligently to improve at third base. While he's a below-average runner, he has the athleticism, instincts, hands and strong arm to provide at least average defense at the hot corner. The Rangers have also tried him at second base, shortstop and in the outfield during instructional league to enhance his versatility. (Spring 2022)

  • Josh is occasionally a clunky defender at third base, but he anticipates well and converts routine plays. He is a hard worker who occasionally has to be pulled back so he doesn’t overdo it.

  • Though Jung has below-average speed, he has the athleticism, instincts, hands and strong arm to play at least an average third base. He spent the second half of the 2019 college season at shortstop and saw time there again in alt camp and instructs, where he also got reps at second base and in the outfield. Texas believes enough in Jung at the hot corner to move Gold Glover Isiah Kiner-Falefa to shortstop for 2021.  (Spring 2021)

  • Jung is a third baseman. He’s not flashy, but he makes every play and has enough arm to handle the hot corner. His bat is going to force him into the lineup, and that helped influence the Rangers’ decision to move Gold Glove third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa to shortstop, where Elvis Andrus is on the decline and not performing consistently enough to warrant everyday playing time. (Jeff Wilson - BAPH - Spring, 2021)

  • Defensively, Jung draws a split camp among scouts, but he should be able to provide average defense at third base. He moved from third base to shortstop his junior year at Texas Tech, but he went back to third base in pro ball. A below-average runner, Jung needs to improve his agility in the field, but his hands work well, he’s good on the slow roller and he has a plus arm with the ability to make accurate throws on the run.

    Though he upgraded Texas Tech's defense by moving to shortstop, Jung lacks the quickness to play there in pro ball. He's a below-average runner but has enough athleticism and instincts to get the job done at third base. He made just two errors in 38 pro games last summer, showing reliable hands and a strong arm. (Spring 2020)

  • Jung has a strong arm, a 60 grade, and his throws have easy carry across the diamond from the hot corner.

  • Scouts have been impressed with Jung’s defense at third base, but many scouts wonder whether he can handle the position in pro ball because he lacks above-average quickness. Improving the fluidity of his defensive movements may ease some of those concerns. 

    Some scouts look at his tight hips and below-average foot speed and project he’ll have to move to a corner outfield spot or first base. But Jung has good hands, an accurate, plus arm and the ability to throw on the run. He also does an excellent job charging in on balls.

  • Sept 2020: “He continues to put in the work defensively at multiple infield positions, and the footwork and agility work done with our strength staff and Kenny Holmberg has helped him continue to improve on his first steps and angles defensively. This has helped turn him into a good defender at all positions in the infield.”
Running
  • Josh is a below-average, 40 grade runner.
Career Injury Report
  • March 20, 2021: Jung was on the IL with left foot surgery. He has a stress fracture in his left foot, president of baseball ops Jon Daniels announced.

    The third baseman travel back to the Dallas-Fort Worth to get a screw put in the ankle. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Keith Heier, with a standard recovery time of 6-8 weeks. Daniels said surgery was considered more effective than straight rest and rehabbing of the injury, which could have Jung out for a longer period of time.

  • Feb. 23, 2022: Jung was shut down after experiencing left shoulder discomfort while lifting weights. He was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister with the evaluation indicating a labral strain.

    Feb 23-July 28, 2022: Jung underwent left shoulder surgery and missed most of the season.