FRISCO, Texas – Former Riders infielder Josh Jung made his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers on Friday, September 9th, against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In his debut, Jung homered in his first MLB at-bat, making him just the second Ranger to ever do so. He joined former RoughRiders infielder Jurickson Profar, who homered in his first at-bat in Cleveland on September 2nd, 2012. Overall, Jung went 2-for-3 with the home run, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
The Rangers No.1 prospect by MLB.com and their No. 39 overall prospect missed the beginning of the 2022 season after having to undergo surgery on a torn labrum, but began the year with Triple-A Round Rock on August 9th. Over 23 games with the Express, Jung hit .273/.321/.525 with seven doubles, six home runs, 24 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
Starting his 2021 season with the RoughRiders following a knee injury, Jung played with Frisco for 43 games before his promotion to Triple-A. In those 43 contests, he hit .308/.366/.544 with eight doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBIs. Between Double-A and Triple-A in 2021, he hit 19 homers with a .990 OPS in just 78 games.
Originally the eighth-overall selection in the first round of the 2019 draft by the Rangers out of Texas Tech University, Jung grew up in San Antonio, Texas. With Tech, Jung was Co-Big-12 Player of the Year in 2019 with fellow Rangers farmhand Davis Wendzel. The Red Raider hit .343/.474/.799 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs over his 64 games.
Jung becomes the 184th former Riders player to make his major league debut, joining Christian Lopes, Jacob Lemoine, Josh Smith, Ezequiel Duran, Steele Walker, Elier Hernandez, Charles Leblanc, Bubba Thompson and Cole Ragans to become the 10th former RoughRiders player to crack the majors in 2022.
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