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Monday, June 6, 2011
Rangers take HS pitcher with first pick

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers selected 18-year-old left-handed pitcher Kevin Matthews with the No. 33 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft on Monday.

The Rangers' have picks 33 and 37 in the draft as compensation for free agent pitcher Cliff Lee. The Rangers gave up their pick at No. 26 for signing Adrian Beltre.

Matthews, from Richmond Hill (Ga.) High School, is 5-for-11, 175-pound lefty who throws a 92 mph fastball and is committed to Virginia.

At No. 37, the Rangers took University of Georgia outfielder Zach Cone.