I commend ESPN.com's Keith Law for even attempting to do a mock draft for the first round. But since the Rangers don't pick until No. 30 -- a supplemental pick they got because Nelson Cruz signed with Baltimore (the Rangers lost their first-round pick for signing Shin-Soo Choo), Law didn't make a prediction.
He did, however, put together his "Big Board" and if you go by that, here's the list of players around pick No. 30:
27: RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV
28: 3B Michael Chavis, Sprayberry HS (Marietta, Ga.)
29: RHPJake Bukauskus, Stone Bridge (Va.) HS
30: RHP Trey Supak, La Grange (Texas) HS
31: OF Marcus Wilson, Junipero Serra HS (Los Angeles)
32: RHP Bryce Montes De Oca, Lawrence (Kan.) HS
33: C Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More (Youngsville, La.)
34: LHPFoster Griffin, First Academy (Orlando)
35: RHPSean Reid-Foley, Sandalwood HS (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg didn't want to reveal much about the club's plans and he doesn't discuss individual players, of course, but he did note that this is a deep draft, especially for pitching.
And in the nine names listed above taken straight from Law's Big Board, six of them are pitchers.
If you're expecting the Rangers to identify a few positions and stockpile them, that won't happen unless it just so happens that the best players available play the same position. Texas doesn't draft for need. They believe in taking the top talent, no matter where it is on the diamond. It's why they have so many middle infielders, but aren't concerned about a backlog at any spot.
Why? Because it's about building assets. Picking the right assets and utilizing them correctly can determine how successful you are as an organization.
The Rangers have traded some of those assets in recent years. Assets acquired through trades, from the international market and the draft. It's that last part that takes center stage starting tonight. It's another chance to obtain young players who could make a difference in a contending club in the future.