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Thursday, September 08, 2022

Rangers call up 3B prospect Josh Jung for remainder of the 2022 season

The Rangers on Friday will purchase the contract of 2019 first-round selection Josh Jung from Triple-A Round Rock, a person with knowledge of the club’s thinking said Wednesday. The 24-year-old third baseman joins them for the remainder of the season after shoulder surgery nearly wiped out his entire 2022 season. Presumably, this is not just a casual look. The Rangers expect him to be in the majors for good.

Jung was slashing .273/.321/.525/.841 with six homers in 23 games and 99 plate appearances for Round Rock. Ironically, Jung had been in a bit of a slump since September started. He was 1 for 4 on Wednesday against Oklahoma City, but has gone just 4 for 25 with no homers or walks in his last six games. He had 14 strikeouts.

Jung, who attended Texas Tech, has left little doubt about his readiness for the majors. In 257 Triple-A plate appearances over the last two years, Jung has slashed .317/.389/.600/.989 with 15 homers.

The only hold up has been injury-related. Jung missed the first portion of last season with a foot injury that required surgery. Just ahead of spring training this year, he suffered a weight-lifting injury that required a surgical repair on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. At the time, the Rangers said he’d likely not play third base this season but did leave open the possibility of return. He has exceeded all rehab schedules.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2022 at 10:53 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tin Angel Posted: September 08, 2022 at 11:11 AM (#6095222)
At the very least, calling up Jung should give the Rangers a psychological advantage.
   2. BDC Posted: September 08, 2022 at 02:41 PM (#6095266)
.989 at AAA is just unconscious, though the Rangers will only improve if it becomes collective.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: September 08, 2022 at 07:34 PM (#6095326)
ah, the first leg of an effort to match the 1998 Cincinnati Reds' incredible LF-CF-RF combo of Young, Frank, and Stynes. this one would be even Wilder !
   4. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 08, 2022 at 11:47 PM (#6095375)
Guess I should have expected psychology jokes.

Anyway, he's promising.

TOR also called up Gabriel Moreno. Don't know what to make of that dude. He's got good bat control but absolutely zero power.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: September 12, 2022 at 01:19 AM (#6095803)
Thanks to KBO stats, there are plenty of options for the all-Jung team. But since I know nothing about the KBO, I am not digging into all those stats.

I will give a shout out to Ms minor-leaguer Freuddy Batista though.

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