Spherical ROCK — Josh Jung was temporarily detained at the intersection of strategies and fact.
Jung, the No. 8 overall decide on in the 2019 Main League Baseball draft, is the No. 1 hitting prospect — No. 2 all round — in the Texas Rangers group. The former Texas Tech Crimson Raider hoped for a advertising to the Rangers this season.
But Jung, 23, underwent surgical treatment to fix a tension fracture in his left foot that he endured in March for the duration of spring coaching. The 3rd baseman skipped almost the first 6 months of the minor league time.
Jung does not know how he experienced the injuries, just that it in all probability was whilst functioning the bases. But he understands this: “The way I managed it at initial was ‘pity me,’” Jung claimed.
Then he adjusted, working with the time off to undergo some individual development with regard to diet program and mental workouts. He’s huge on those. He began his period on June 15, and flourished with Frisco, the Rangers’ Double-A group.
Jung hit .308 (52-169) with eight doubles,10 house runs, 40 RBIs and an OPS of .910 in 43 game titles.
He was promoted to Spherical Rock on Friday immediately after batting .341 (31-91) with 7 doubles, six homers and 25 RBI in his very last 23 online games.
Jung built some modifications while rehabbing in Arizona. He figured out to cook dinner, preferring lean meats and greens. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound infielder made an affinity for elk medallions. He ate a great deal of fruit.
“Wanted to appear back again fitter and lighter,” Jung stated.
He assumed of an aged trope even though understanding a new just one, “while sitting on my butt.”
When Jung was 11 many years aged, he commenced doing work with Brian Cain, a peak general performance and mental conditioning coach.
“I take into consideration him element of my inner circle,” Jung stated. “He’ll possibly be about for my overall vocation and beyond.”
Cain taught Jung extensive back to “surrender the end result.”
“My motto for the yr,” Jung stated. “You just can’t do anything at all about what happened. Each and every moment is independent of the next instant. Why do you get so wrapped up?
“That’s my largest takeaway, Realizing this match is a sport of failure, how will I, if I strike out in my initial at-bat, not let it have a snowball outcome, or get it out to the discipline.”
Jung viewed the Tom Brady docuseries “Tom vs Time” and a Bruce Lee documentary “Be H2o,” which taught much more about permitting go.
“When things come about, just circulation with it, let it experience,” Jung claimed. “If I go for 4, I have got extra tomorrow. It is above.”
He added, “Baseball sucks. It’s a continuous battle.”
Jung is in a Rangers farm program that was elevated in the Baseball The united states midseason rankings to No. 11 from 24 just after current developments.
Initially the Rangers drafted pitcher Jack Leiter with the No. 2 general choose. The suitable-hander from Vanderbilt is their No. 1 prospect. Then they traded Joey Gallo to the New York Yankees for 4 prospective buyers. The oldest, 25-12 months-previous right-handed pitcher Glenn Otto, is in Spherical Rock. He has a 2.70 Era, 19 strikeouts, 7 walks and a 1.00 WHIP in 20 innings.
5 Rangers potential clients are ranked in the best 100 by MLB Pipeline, like Leiter at No. 12 and Jung at 52.
Jung has made only 4 faults in two seasons in the minors at third base. He performed 3rd on Sunday for the Specific immediately after doing work as the designated hitter on Friday. He experienced one particular hit in 8 at-bats in the two video games.
Major league rosters will only extend from 26 to 28 on Sept. 1, a reduction from the regular 40 as a coronavirus precaution that began last season.
Jung doesn’t know if he’ll make it to the majors this year.
“That was the intention,” he mentioned. “Still is.”