2015, Pick #4: RHP Dillon Tate (UC Santa Barbara)
In 2015 the Texas Rangers opted to take the high-upside Dillon Tate out of UC Santa Barbara with the 4th overall pick. Tate, a 6’2″ right-hander was considered a top talent in the 2015 draft and quickly became one of the highest ranked prospects in the Rangers system. However, Tate’s fastball velocity dropped from the upper-90’s to the low-90’s during his time in Single-A. With the Rangers, he never seemed to take the steps forward expected and quickly slipped from the top of the prospect charts.
In 2016, the Rangers sent Dillon Tate to the New York Yankees as part of a deadline deal to get Carlos Beltran to Arlington. Tate climbed his way to Double-A in the Yankees organization before being dealt in the summer of 2018. New York sent him to the Baltimore Orioles as a piece of the deal that took Zach Britton to the Bronx. Currently, Tate is in the minor league system of the Orioles and has made 5 appearances (2 starts) for the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
Notable Players Passed On:
OF Kyle Tucker (5th, HOU)
OF Andrew Benintendi (7th, BOS)
OF Ian Happ (9th, CHC)
SS Kevin Newman (19th, PIT)
RHP Walker Buehler (24th, LAD)