With one of the classiest moves that I can possibly think of, the Texas Rangers drafted a paralyzed player out of Georgia – Johnathan Taylor – in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Taylor was paralyzed from his chest down after an in-game collision with his teammate Zach Cone, who was also drafted by the Rangers in the compensation round as their second pick and 37th overall, after breaking his neck. Taylor is currently undergoing rehab and treatment at a center in Atlanta, Georgia, and is said to be improving.
The Rangers are in Georgia as they play the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field for a three-game set this weekend. The two Georgia draft picks are scheduled to appear as part of the Rangers’ organization on Saturday afternoon, the second of the three games in Atlanta. Cone has already signed with the Rangers (as has top draft pick of the first round Kevin Matthews) and is officially part of the organization.