May 17, 2015; Frisco, Tx, USA; Frisco RoughRiders third baseman Joey Gallo (23) bats in the ninth inning against the Corpus Christi Hooks at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
With just about a week to go, let’s take a look at the most recent mock drafts from around the web. Since the last Texas Rangers MLB Draft Preview, the team has gone on a seven game winning streak and have pulled to within five games of the division lead. Like the team itself, the draft boards have changed since that time enough that the two pitchers featured in the previous article have fallen several spots. Notably, Kyle Funkhouser is in the middle of a free fall and may have fallen out of the first round.
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The Texas Rangers are an interesting team for many doing a mock draft this week. The team has a win now mentality but the struggles the team had in the beginning of the season made many question whether that would continue or if they would look to the future. Check back in the upcoming weeks to see a preview of the July 2nd International prospects that the Rangers could look to sign to help bolster the farm system.
The first draft preview highlighted two college pitchers that could contribute sooner rather than later. While position needs do not typically factor in a draft decision, the recent success of Nick Martinez and Chi Chi Gonzalez plus the upcoming Jake Thompson, the Rangers may look to add farm system depth with a positional player.
This preview we are going to to look again at the preview from Kiley McDaniel at Fangraphs and John Manuel at Baseball America but additionally will look at Jonathan Mayo from MLB.com. Let’s start with Kiley’s draft.
Next: Kiley McDaniel Mock Draft