Who will the Texas Rangers take 8th overall in the MLB draft?

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 16: (L-R) Bubba Thompson from McGill-Toolen High School, Chris Seise out of West Orange High School and right-handed pitcher Hans Crouse out of Dana Hills High School pose for a photo after the Texas Rangers announced the signings of several of the club's top selections in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 16, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 16: (L-R) Bubba Thompson from McGill-Toolen High School, Chris Seise out of West Orange High School and right-handed pitcher Hans Crouse out of Dana Hills High School pose for a photo after the Texas Rangers announced the signings of several of the club's top selections in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 16, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Brett Baty INF, Lake Travis HS (TX)

Mike Axisa of CBS Sports:

"Over the past few weeks rumors have swirled that the Rangers are looking to cut an underslot deal here, and then use the savings on high upside players with the No. 41 pick (acquired from the Brewers in the Alex Claudio trade) and/or the No. 50 pick (Texas’ second rounder). Baty has a wonderful baseball name and also some of the biggest power in the draft class. The downside is he will turn 20 in November and overage high schoolers have a poor track record in pro ball. Still, Baty is a candidate for an underslot deal, so we have him going to the Rangers."

This would be a surprising deal given that the Rangers have their highest pick in almost four years. To spend it on an overage high schooler just to save a few bucks for a player that likely will not have as much potential as a top ten pick later would be a bit mind-boggling.

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