The MLB draft is less than a week away now and the Texas Rangers will look to select a star for the future when they are on the clock.
The Texas Rangers will get the opportunity to select a player they hope to be a future star when the MLB Draft starts on Monday, June 4th. The Rangers hold the 15th pick in the first round this year. The 15th pick has a value of $3.7 million and is one of three that the Rangers hold in the top 100.
The first two names called in this year’s draft are pretty much set in stone with Casey Mize, a pitcher from Auburn, and Joey Bart, a catcher from Georgia Tech, the top two prospects. Beyond that, opinions vary greatly. The Rangers have been linked to a few different players as potential picks with positions ranging from outfield to pitching. One thing that seems likely though is that Texas will look at taking a high school player with their first pick. Texas has not shied away from drafting high schoolers in the first round in recent history either. Five of the Rangers last six, first round picks were all high schoolers including both 2017 first rounders. Additionally, five of the last six first rounders taken by Texas were pitchers with Travis Demeritte being the lone exception.
This year’s selection will be only the Rangers second top 15 selection since 2010. Dillon Tate, who the Rangers took 4th overall in 2015.
When and Where To Watch
June 4th: Rounds 1-2 (6:00p CT on MLB Network)
June 5th: Rounds 3-10 (12:00p CT on MLB.com)
June 6th: Rounds 11-40 (11:00a CT on MLB.com)
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As the draft gets closer, we’ll take a look at some options for the Rangers with that number 15 pick and an in depth look at what Texas should be looking to do in this draft.