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Josh Jung
3B | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 215LBS | Age: 22

Draft: 2019 | Rd: 1, #8, Texas Rangers | Texas Tech
MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 179 157 18 45 1 23 4 .287 .363 .389 .752
Career Minors 198 174 23 55 2 28 4 .316 .389 .443 .831
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .287 1 23 4 .752
Career Minors .316 2 28 4 .831

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 2 Teams Minors 44 198 174 23 55 14 1 2 28 18 32 4 1 4 .316 .389 .443 .831
2019 AZL Rangers AZL ROK 4 19 17 5 10 1 1 1 5 2 3 0 0 0 .588 .632 .941 1.573
2019 Hickory Crawdads SAL A(Full) 40 179 157 18 45 13 0 1 23 16 29 4 1 4 .287 .363 .389 .752

Scouting Report

2020

The most accomplished position player in Texas Tech history, Jung was the Big 12 Conference freshman of the year in 2017, its co-player of the year in 2019 and a consensus All-American in his final two seasons. Normally a third baseman, he moved to shortstop in the second half of 2019 and sparked the Red Raiders to their best finish ever, third place at the College World Series. Only the second Texas Tech first-rounder ever, he signed for $4.4 million as the No. 8 overall choice and reached low Class A in his pro debut.

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 or more 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.

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.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 40 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55 

Jung batted .343/.455/.577 with 33 homers in three seasons at Texas Tech, driving the Red Raiders to a pair of College World Series appearances and winning Big 12 Conference award for freshman of the year in 2017 and co-player of the year in 2019. Normally a third baseman, he moved to shortstop in the second half of his junior season and sparked Tech to its best finish ever (tied for third at the CWS). The second first-round pick in school history, he signed with the Rangers for $4.4 million as the No. 8 overall choice.

One of the best all-around hitters in the 2019 Draft, Jung has a controlled approach and a sound right-handed stroke. He routinely barrels balls to all fields, doesn't sell out for power and has the bat speed and strength to produce 25 or more homers per season. He controls the strike zone and has no holes in his offensive game.

Though Jung is a below-average runner, he has enough athleticism and instincts to make plays at third base. He won't play shortstop in pro ball but upgraded the Red Raiders defensively when he moved there. He has reliable hands and more than enough arm strength for the hot corner.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/28/2020 3B Josh Jung roster status changed by Texas Rangers.
02/25/2020 3B Josh Jung assigned to Texas Rangers.
07/15/2019 3B Josh Jung assigned to Hickory Crawdads from AZL Rangers.
07/10/2019 3B Josh Jung assigned to AZL Rangers.
07/03/2019 Texas Rangers signed 3B Josh Jung.