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Texas Rangers send eight to the Arizona Fall League

We've repeated it over and over here at SB Nation Dallas, but it bears repeating again: it's a great time to be a fan of the Texas Rangers.

Not only are the Rangers going to clinch a third straight AL West title in the coming days, but they still boast one of baseball's top farm systems.

Last month, we reviewed Texas' top ten prospects coming into the year, and how they fared in 2012. Unsurprisingly, on the whole, they fared really well, with at least one future superstar in Jurickson Profar among them.

The good news on the farm doesn't stop there. The Rangers will be sending eight prospects to participate in the Arizona Fall League this year. Kellin Deglan, Leury Garcia, Chris McGuiness, Luis Sardinas, Miguel De Los Santos, Jimmy Reyes, Ryan Rodebaugh and Ben Rowen will represent the Rangers this fall in Arizona.

It's certainly worth noting that none of the prospects headed to the AFL for the Rangers were among the top 10 prospects coming into the season, as per Baseball America.

Teams often send lesser prospects to the AFL to get a better feel for their status as a prospect, and to try out new positions or mechanics, and to better evaluate the prospect going forward. I tend to agree with Adam Morris over at Lone Star Ball that the most intriguing prospect on this list is Luis Sardinas, primarily for the reasons he cites. Sardinas is one of the top defensive shortstop prospects around, and if he can come around with the bat, he'll be a very, very valuable commodity.

Be sure to check back here at SB Nation Dallas throughout the week, as we'll break down Texas' prospects headed to the AFL, as well as other notable prospects in the AL West.

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