Rangers left-handed pitching prospect Cole Ragans is set to undergo Tommy John surgery later this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sunday. Ragans experienced elbow discomfort during his minor league start last week and was later diagnosed with a torn UCL. He won’t take the mound again until 2019 at the earliest.
Ragans, 20, was the Rangers’ first-round pick during the 2017 draft and ranked no. 4 in their system ahead of the 2018 season. He attracted scouts’ attention with a low-90s fastball and plus curveball and changeup, and had varied success during his first run in Low-A Spokane last year, turning in a 4.24 ERA, 5.5 BB/9 and 13.7 SO/9 in 57 1/3 innings.
Ragans isn’t the only Rangers prospect dealing with elbow issues this spring. According to further reports from Wilson, right-hander and no. 8 prospect Kyle Cody has been suffering from elbow inflammation for the last three weeks and is expected to be reassessed by the team after another 3-4 weeks of inactivity. There’s a possibility that he could undergo Tommy John surgery as well, though the team has yet to make that call.