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Triple-A Round Rock has three potential superstars in slugging third baseman Joey Gallo, classic right fielder Nomar Mazara and do-everything middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Gallo is No. 8 and Mazara is No. 17 on the MLBPipeline.com Top 100. Profar, who no longer qualifies as a prospect but ranked No. 1 on the Top 100 three years ago, missed most of the last two years with a shoulder injury.
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Signed for $1.6 million last July, Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez will break into pro ball at Class A Hickory. Right-hander Michael Matuella, who might have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft if he hadn't needed Tommy John surgery last April, will return to the mound in June at Hickory or short-season Spokane. Toolsy Dominican outfielder Leody Taveras, signed for $2.1 million last July, will make his pro debut this summer. Corner infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan will begin in Triple-A after joining the Rangers in December as the player to be named in the Tom Wilhelmsen /Leonys Martin trade with the Mariners.
On the shelf
Besides Matuella, Texas' only other Top 30 Prospect who's not physically ready to start the season is right-hander Luke Jackson. He came down with a stress reaction in his lower back during Spring Training and hopes to join Round Rock in mid-April. He's not hurt, but second baseman Evan Van Hoosier will miss most of the first two months of the season while finishing a 50-game suspension after a positive test for amphetamines and a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.