The Texas Rangers have made their first selection of the 2018 MLB Draft and took pitcher, Cole Winn, at number 15.
The Rangers invested in their future by drafting RHP Cole Winn out of Orange Lutheran High School in California. Winn is considered one of the top prospects in the 2018 draft and was the 4th ranked pitcher according to MLB.com. The TCU commit was taken 15th overall which has an estimated slot value of about $3.7 million. Despite committing to a top program, Texas likely will be able to get a signature out of Winn.
Cole Winn comes to Texas just a year removed from being the Colorado State Player of the Year. Winn transferred to California before his senior year to play in a tougher area with more exposure. Winn measures at 6’2″ and 195 lbs with a plus fastball and slider. His control and changeup are both considered above average as well. In 2018, Winn threw 62 innings posting a 7-2 record with a 0.23 ERA, 101 strikeouts and just 9 walks.
Assuming the Rangers can get Winn signed, he likely would become a top 5 prospect within the Rangers organization.
Texas has one more pick on the first night of the draft. They’ll pick in the 2nd round, 55th overall.