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The time has finally come for former Texas Tech Red Raider Josh Jung, who is set to make his MLB debut on Friday for the Texas Rangers. 

In his three seasons as a Red Raider, Jung was one of the most prolific and decorated hitters in the Big 12, hitting above .300 in all three seasons. In 2017 he was named Big 12 Freshman of the year, and was also named a Freshman All-American by several media outlets.

His junior season was Jung's best season, as he slashed .343/.474/.636 while hitting 15 home runs and driving in 58 runs. He was named Big 12 Co-Player of the Year with Baylor's David Wendzel. 

Jung was drafted No. 8 overall in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers following three successful seasons as a Red Raider. He is currently the Rangers' No. 1 overall prospect. 

In his first professional at bat with the Arizona League Rangers, in the Rookie-Level Arizona League, Jung would launch a home run. It was immediately evident that Jung is a special player and a future franchise cornerstone for the Rangers to build around moving forward. 

He appeared to be on track to make the Rangers' opening day roster ahead of the 2022 season, but surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder sidelined him. Upon his return to action at the end of July, Jung picked up immediately where he left off. 

After eight games with the ACL Rangers, Jung moved up to the AAA Round Rock Express. In 22 games with the Express he has slashed .274/.317/.526, with six home runs and 24 RBIs. 

The Rangers aren't going to compete for anything this season, but calling up Jung gives the fans one last thing to be excited about. As well, it serves as an early audition for Jung to lock down the starting third base spot ahead of the 2023 season. 

You can find Connor Zimmerlee on Twitter @Connorjz98

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