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Friday, June 7, 2013
Draft Day 2: Rangers lean to righties

By Todd Wills

The Rangers went heavy on right-handed pitching on Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Entry Draft.

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The Rangers used five of their eight second-day picks on right-handed pitchers. And overall, seventh of their 11 picks through Round 9 have been righties.

"The strength of the draft is right-handed pitching," said Kip Fagg, Rangers director of amateur scouting on a conference call Friday night. "We identified that early."

The Rangers have yet to take a left-hander in a draft that is deep in pitching, especially southpaws. Day 2 of the three-day drafted concluded around 6 p.m.

Among the right-handers selected so far are:

* David Ledbtter, Cedarville University (OH), 3rd round (99th overall pick)

* Sam Wolff, University of New Mexico, 6th round (190th overall pick)

* Nick Gardewine, Kaskaskia (Ill.) CC, 7th round (220th overall pick)

* Jose Samayoa, Lee (Tenn.) University, 9th round (280th overall pick)

* Cole Wiper, University of Oregon, 10th round (310th overall pick)