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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Pitchers, athletic OFs dominate Rangers' draft

By Clint Foster

Throughout the three days of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Texas Rangers leaned heavily on selecting pitchers and athletic outfielders with high upside.

The 43 players the Rangers picked included 26 pitchers (18 right-handed, eight left-handed), nine outfielders, five infielders and three catchers.

The Rangers looked to the outfield early and often, using their first-round pick to select Lewis Brinson out of Coral Springs High School (Fla.).

Brinson was the first of three members of ESPN's top 100 draft prospects that the Rangers were able to snag, the other two being third baseman Joey Gallo from Bishop Gorman High School (Nev.) in the first compensatory round and outfielder Jamie Jarmon from Indian River High School (Del.) in the second round.

Two-sport athletes were another over-arching theme of this year's draft, as the Rangers selected multiple highly touted high school football recruits with high upside should they choose to play pro baseball. Jarmon quarterbacked his high school to the state championship, while Kwinton Smith (WR) and Jameis Winston (QB) are four-star football recruits committed to South Carolina and Florida State, respectively.

For the bottom half of the draft, the Rangers turned their attention to pitchers, including four of whom are 6-foot-6 or taller. Some of the notable pitchers taken were RHP Colin Wiles (first compensatory round) from Blue Valley West HS (Kan.), RHP Alec Asher (fourth round) from Polk State College (Fla.), LHP Sam Stafford (13th round) from the University of Texas (who missed 2012 with a shoulder injury) and the 6-foot-9 LHP Chase Mullins (24th round) from Bourbon County HS (Ky.).

Some other notable draftees include outfielder Nick Williams (second round) from Galveston Ball HS, outfielder Preston Beck (fifth round) from UT-Arlington, outfielder Royce Bolinger (sixth round) from Gonzaga and second baseman Cam Schiller (seventh round) out of Oral Roberts.