Texas Rangers prospect turning the corner 

October, 17, 2010

As if life wasn't good enough for the Texas Rangers, it looks like outfielder Engel Beltre, the main return in the 2007 Eric Gagne trade, is turning the corner and establishing himself as a serious prospect after two largely lost years as a teenager in low- and high-A ball.

Beltre still doesn't have great plate discipline, but his swing and body have progressed nicely since last year and he has plus bat speed. He gets his weight back well and loads his hips, creating excellent rotation and leverage as he brings his weight forward with his swing. He loads his hands a little deep, almost (but not quite) barring his lead arm. He's an above-average runner with an above-average to plus arm and should be able to stay in center field.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer