Texas Rangers: 2011 MLB Draft

Rangers pile pitchers on Day 2

June, 7, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It’s been a busy day for the Texas Rangers. As the players were preparing for Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, the front office was in the war room drafting away on Day 2 of the MLB Draft.

Of the 29 picks the Rangers made Tuesday, 17 were pitchers and 12 were righties.

“That was the strength of this draft,” said Kip Fagg, Rangers’ director of amateur scouting. “You’ve got to take the strength of what each draft is, and that’s what we took.”

The Rangers started the day picking left-handed pitcher Will Lamb out of Clemson in the second round. Lamb went 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in his junior year but also played as an outfielder, batting .348 with three home runs, 39 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

“We drafted him as a pitcher and we’re sending him out as a pitcher,” Fagg said. “He’s a very athletic kid. He had a great year with the bat, but we see the potential more on the mound and that’s where we’re going to send him out at.”

In the sixth round, the Rangers drafted outfielder Derek Fisher out of Cedar Crest High School in Pennsylvania. Fisher was named the Pennsylvania Gatorade High School Player of the Year in his senior season after batting .484 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs. Fisher is ranked the fifth-best corner outfield prospect by Baseball America. He is also the second Rangers selection --joining first-round pick Kevin Matthews -- that had committed to the University of Virginia.

“I was really happy and pleased to get Fisher there,” Fagg said. “We’ve done a lot of work with Derek. I know he said he’s going to commit to the University of Virginia and we’ll see how that goes.

“We like the player. He’s very talented, big power. He can run; big, strong, fast guy.”

The Rangers took a chance on catcher Max Pentecost from Winder Barrow High School in Georgia in the seventh round. Pentecost injured his right elbow in April and underwent Tommy John surgery. He was named first-team all-region after batting .468 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs before his injury.

“I was actually at that game when he did it,” Fagg said. “We had him checked out and our doctors think it’s not a long-term issue. And we were very happy with the talent in that particular round and we’ll see where that one goes. We really like the player, like the kid.”

The MLB Draft will conclude Wednesday with Rounds 31-50 and is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

Rangers finish MLB Draft Day 2

June, 7, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Day 2 of the MLB Draft is in the books for the Texas Rangers. Out of their last eight selections, seven were pitchers. Here’s how the Rangers ended their day.

Round 23 (714 overall): Michael Mason, a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher from Marshall University.

Round 24 (744 overall): Zach Fish, a catcher from Gull Lake High School in Michigan.

Round 25 (774 overall): Jordan Remer, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of San Francisco.

Round 26 (804 overall): Ryan Bores, a right-handed pitcher from Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio. In 37 innings, he had a 1.46 ERA with 40 strikeouts.

Round 27 (834 overall): Kyle Devore, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-handed pitcher from Sacramento City College.

Round 28 (864 overall): Saquan Johnson, an outfielder out of East Bladen High School in North Carolina.

Round 29 (894 overall): Nicholas Sawyer, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound right-handed pitcher out of Howard College in Texas. The Carrollton native had a 1.96 ERA in 18.1 innings with four saves and 29 strikeouts.

Round 30 (924 overall): Phil Klein, a right-handed pitcher from Youngstown State University. He was named second-team All-Horizon League with 105 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings.

Rangers grab three shortstops

June, 7, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers selected three shortstops on Day 2 of the MLB Draft in Rounds 17, 20 and 21. Here are their picks through Round 22.

Round 16 (504 overall): Trever Adams, a 6-foot, 200-pound outfielder out of Creighton.

Round 17 (534 overall): Ryan Rua, a shortstop from Lake Erie College in Ohio. Rua is 6-2 and 180 pounds.

Round 18 (564 overall): Nicholas Martinez, a right-handed pitcher from Fordham University. Martinez averaged a .295 batting average in three years with 167 hits, 66 RBI’s, and 22 stolen bases. He also went 1-3 in 15 pitching appearances with a 5.47 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

Round 19 (594 overall): Nathan Harsh, a 6-foot-5, 211-pound right-handed pitcher out of Burnswick High School in Georgia.

Round 20 (624 overall): Nickolaus Vickerson, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound shortstop from Mississippi State University.

Round 21 (654 overall): Chance Sossamon, a right-handed pitcher out of Wichita State. In 19 relief appearances, he went 2-1 with a 8.76 ERA and 27 strikeouts.

Round 22 (684 overall): Timothy Costen, a 5-foot-10 shortstop out of First Colonial High School in Virginia.

Rangers break trend in seventh round

June, 7, 2011
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.

ESPN.com's draft profile: Matt Purke

July, 27, 2010
The former Rangers first-round pick is featured by Ted Bauer on the ESPN Draft blog (hey, it's never too soon to profile guys for the 2011 draft).

The LHP was taken 15th overall by the Rangers, but negotiations stalled (in large part because of the Rangers' financial situation) and he enrolled at TCU. Purke was a big reason the Horned Frogs made a deep run in the College World Series. He was 16-0 and named Freshman of the Year by Baseball America.

Here's part of the entry on Purke:
But because of his age and a loophole in the draft rules, Purke can enter the MLB draft next June after two years of college ball, instead of waiting until after his junior season in 2012. Next year, though, he'll be competing with one of the most loaded groups of college arms in years to get back into the top 15: Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt), Matt Barnes (UConn), Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer (UCLA) and Danny Hultzen (Virginia) will all factor into that discussion.

This won't be new to Purke -- his original draft class had college hurlers Drew Storen, Mike Leake and Stephen Strasburg. They're all pitching in the majors now.

For Purke to rise above his 2011 competition, though, he needs to show that he's the full package.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle starts it off simply: "He's special. He's as good as advertised for sure. He is obviously very physically talented but, as with most great athletes, all of his intangibles, or 'makeup' as scouts call it, are off the chart. He is the ultimate team guy, comes to the park every day with the desire to get better, is very disciplined and extremely competitive. His talent will take him a long way but it's the other stuff that will ultimately separate him from everyone else in professional baseball."



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182