ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitching prospect Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, is not sure if he really feels the pressure of being such a highly regarded player.
"Sometimes I miss a lot of things with people and how they perceive me because I'm doing whatever it is I have to do," Tate said. "Sometimes I miss that a little bit. I don't think that's a bad thing that I miss that, because I get caught up in the work and preparation and getting out there and get ready to get on the field. You can ask some of my friends, I miss a lot of stuff sometimes."
The Rangers don't need Tate to worry about such stuff, but he is still one of the crown jewels of their farm system. The right-hander is one of five players from the Rangers' system listed on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects of 2016.
Tate is No. 36 on the list. The other Rangers are third baseman Joey Gallo (No. 9), outfielder Lewis Brinson (No. 16), outfielder Nomar Mazara (No. 18) and right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz (No. 73). Mazara was an international free agent while the other four were taken in the first or supplemental round of the MLB Draft.
The annual ranking of baseball's Top 100 Prospects is assembled by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams.
Only players with rookie status entering the 2016 season are eligible for the list. The rankings follow the guidelines laid out by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, in terms of who falls under the international pool money rules: Players who were at least 23 years old when they signed and played in leagues deemed to be professional (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Cuba) are not eligible.
Gallo was the 39th overall pick of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) High School. A tremendous power-hittting prospect, Gallo has played in 383 Minor League games and hit 127 home runs with a .602 slugging percentage. He played in 36 games for the Rangers last season and hit .204 with six home runs and 14 RBIs.
Brinson was the 29th overall pick in the 2012 Draft out of Coral Springs (Fla.) High. He split the 2015 season between Class A Advanced High Desert, Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .332 in 100 games with 31 doubles, eight triples, 20 home runs, 69 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He was also the Rangers' Minor League Defender of the Year.
Mazara, a native of the Dominican Republic, played in 111 games for Frisco and 20 games for Round Rock, hitting a combined .296 with 14 home runs, 69 RBIs and a .443 slugging percentage. He was the Rangers' Minor League Player of the Year.
Tate saw only limited action with Class A Short-Season Spokane and Class A Hickory after being drafted out of UC Santa Barbara. In six games and nine innings, he allowed one run on three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. He made three relief appearances with Hickory in the South Atlantic League playoffs.
Ortiz was taken with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 Draft out of Sanger (Calif.) High School. He made 13 starts for Hickory last season and was 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.