Craig Calcaterra

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Rangers get their Player to be Named Later from the Jonathan Lucroy trade


The Rockies acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers at the trade deadline. The return: a Player to be Named Later. He was named yesterday: it’s minor league outfielder Pedro Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is not a bad Player to be Named. He’s 19 and, before the season, he was ranked as the Rockies’ 14th best prospect by His stock has no doubt risen as the season has gone on, however, as he’s hit .321/.388/.519 with three homers, 16 doubles and six triples in rookie league ball. He is expected to add more power as he continues to mature. A center fielder now, converted from shortstop, he may end up as a corner outfielder.

Not a guy who will help the Rangers today, but definitely someone who, at present anyway, seems nicely projectable.