Draft thoughts: Trusting your scouts

Some of you in our in-game chat on Monday and via email wondered why the Rangers didn't make more selections of players higher up on the mock drafts sent out by many "experts."

The reality is that this draft was one of the more difficult to predict. Rangers officials last night talked about how it wasn't a draft with a lot of consensus from teams. No group of players stuck out considerably more than others once the fourth or fifth pick was made.

In a sense, maybe the timing of that for the Rangers was just right. Financially, they can't take too many chances. They just don't have the money to go way over slot for someone. But in this draft they didn't have to and could still get what they believe is solid talent. And that's the key: What they believe is solid talent. Not ESPN.com, Baseball America or anyone else.

The Rangers charged their scouts with "digging deep" on players at premium positions that had good character and talent. They wanted to know that those players were hungry to play baseball and would sign. They could do that and not feel as if they passed up on some considerably better talents based on the parity in the draft.

All teams say they feel good about their picks. That happens in every sport. But I did feel like Kip Fagg was particularly proud of his staff. A.J. Preller and Jon Daniels both kept talking about how hard they worked. I think they honestly feel they got as much information as possible on the players they were looking at. That's all you can do. Then you have to put your board together and trust it. That's what the Rangers did. We'll see in a few years if it produced solid results despite some financial restraints.

It's today and Wednesday where the extra homework can really make a difference. Plenty of good players come out of these upcoming rounds. The Rangers will keep to their philosophy: Find talented players with good makeup and signability.