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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Rangers break trend in seventh round

By Master Tesfatsion

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers broke their trend of selecting just pitchers and outfielders -- nabbing a catcher in the seventh round with the 234th pick -- but not before selecting another pitcher and outfielder in the fifth and sixth rounds. Here are the Rangers' selections through Round 15:

Round 5 (174 overall): Brandon Woodruff, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-handed pitcher out of Wheeler High School in Mississippi.

Round 6 (204 overall): Derek Fisher, a 6-foot-1 outfielder from Cedar Crest High School in Pennsylvania. He was named the 2011 Gatorade Pennsylvania Baseball Player of the Year.

Round 7 (234 overall): Max Pentecost, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound catcher out of Winder Barrow High School in Georgia. He suffered an elbow injury in April that required Tommy John surgery.

Round 8 (264 overall): Kyle Hendricks, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound right-handed pitcher from Dartmouth. He had a 5-3 record with a  2.47 ERA in nine appearances.

Round 9 (294 overall): Rashad Harlin, a 6-foot, 185-pound outfielder from Helix High School out of California.

Round 10 (324 overall): Joe Maloney, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound catcher from Limestone College in South Carolina. He earned the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year award with a .308 batting average, 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.

Round 11 (354 overall): Connor Sadzeck, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound right-handed pitcher from Howard College. In 15 games, Sadzeck had a 7-3 record with a 3.56 ERA and 49 strikeouts.

Round 12 (384 overall): Gregory Williams, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound left-handed pitcher out of Marshall. Williams had a 5.82 ERA in 11 appearances

Round 13 (414 overall): Christopher Grayson, a 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder from Lee University in Tennessee.

Round 14 (444 overall): Andrew Faulkner, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound left-handed pitcher from South Aiken High School in South Carolina.

Round 15 (474 overall): Jerad Eickhoff, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from Olney Central College in Illinois. Erickhoff went 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 16 games.