What's the best way to determine if the Texas Rangers had a good draft? I think one way is to listen to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus talk about the three-day Major League Baseball event that resulted in the Rangers making 43 selections in 40 rounds.
"Right now, you can pontificate about a draft but to really grade a draft you do need, at times, five years and maybe even more sometimes," Goldstein said. "The Rangers are in a really unique situation when it comes to the draft. They have arguably the best team in baseball, and, arguably, if not one of the best systems in baseball when it comes to minor league talent. They are in a perfect place to just take risks. Just buy lottery ticket after lottery ticket, and they took a lot of high-ceiling kids early."
Goldstein was a guest on Rangers Insider, which preceded Wednesday night's network pregame show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. He liked the Rangers' draft strategy and spoke about certain "lottery tickets" that could lead to some major power ball in the future.
If you are curious about the current Rangers, their home-grown draftees on the major league roster include second baseman Ian Kinsler (17th round in 2003), righty Scott Feldman (30th in 2003), outfielder Craig Gentry (10th in 2006), lefty Derek Holland (25th in 2006) and first baseman Mitch Moreland (17th in 2007). Home grown is defined as being drafted and developed by the Rangers. Colby Lewis could be considered to be a part of that category as he was the 38th overall selection in the 1999 draft, but he has played for other teams before returning to Texas.
Goldstein also discussed the the Rangers' first selection this year, Lewis Brinson -- "the most interesting" pick -- a local find, the Rangers' scouting effort and whether the revised draft rules make sense. We also shifted gears and talked about a couple of current minor leaguers at Double-A Frisco -- Mike Olt and Barrett Loux. Listen to the podcast.
Bryan Dolgin is the radio pregame and postgame show host on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network. He is also the host of Rangers Insider and Rangers Magazine on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. Follow him on Twitter: @RangersRadioBD