Texas Rangers first round draft selection: RHP Luis Ortiz


Mar 3, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians in a spring training game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In the first round of the 2014 MLB First Year draft the Texas Rangers had the 30th overall pick.  They choose to add more pitching with their first pick by selecting Luis Ortiz.

With the  continuing need for pitching on the team it is no surprise they picked up Ortiz, who was ranked as the 24th top pick for the draft.

"“Rangers GM Jon Daniels says they thought Luis Ortiz would go “upper half” of first round. Pleased he was there. “(Richard Durrett-ESPN Dallas)"

Ortiz has great speed on his fastball around 92-95 MPH, he has a slider in the low 80s MPH and he’s working to add a curve ball to is arsenal.

He’s had several honors such as MVP of the 18 and under World Cup in Taiwan.

More about Luis Ortiz

A little about Ortiz from Twitter

Check out what Jon Daniels had to say about Ortiz

This is a good start for the Texas Rangers in the draft, the had a player they had their eyes on, and at the 30th pick he was still there.  For the Rangers and almost any team, pitching is almost always top priority.