Texas Rangers Take RHP Owen White with Second Round Selection
By Kenneth Nash
The Texas Rangers went with another high school pitcher in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft taking right-hander, Owen White.
Texas took their second high school pitcher of the night when they drafted Owen White in the second round. Owen White, a righty, comes to the Rangers from Jesse Carson High School in North Carolina. The South Carolina commit also can play shortstop and was reportedly recruited to possibly play both positions for the Gamecocks next year.
Owen White was listed as the 59th overall prospect by MLB.com going into the draft and Texas took him at 55 so not really a reach for them. According to The Big Spur at 247sports.com, White was the number one player in North Carolina. White threw 49 innings and posted an astonishing 0.29 ERA. Opponents hit .133 against him and he struck out 75 hitters while surrendering just 10 walks. At 6’3″ and 175 lbs., White has what is considered to be a projectable frame meaning he can put on muscle to add some velocity as well as durability. His fastball, which is his best pitch, sits in about the mid-90’s.
This was the Rangers final pick on Day 1 of the draft. Rounds 3-10 will start tomorrow at noon with Texas’ first pick coming at number 91 overall.