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Key to Texas Rangers victory: Home-grown talent

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A strong minor league system

Behind those young, talented players is an organization that has excelled in recent years in identifying potential players and then getting them ready for the Big Leagues. In 2008 and 2009, Baseball America ranked Texas’ minor league system number one. This year they were number four.

“They have built a very strong minor league system,” says Dale Petroskey, a former Ranger official. “They are deep in talent.”

For example, among the players who have come up through the Texas organization are second baseman Ian Kinsler, first baseman Mitch Moreland, outfielder Julio Borbon, pitchers Tommy Hunter, Derek Holland, Michael Kirkman, and C.J. Wilson.

At the same time, Jon Daniels, Texas General Manager, has made some shrewd trades.

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