2018, Pick #15: RHP Cole Winn, Lutheran HS of Orange County (CA)
The Rangers went back to the pitching well in last year’s draft opting to take prep right-hander, Cole Winn, out of California. With the 15th overall pick, Winn seemed like great value coming off a season where he posted an 8-2 record and a 0.20 ERA. Winn was named California’s Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year and Baseball America’s High School Player of the Year.
The Rangers did not send Cole Winn to Rookie League instead putting him into their new program designed for prep pitchers to let them rest while getting them prepared for pro ball. Entering 2019, he cracked the Top 100 on 3 prospect rankings and is listed as the 2nd prospect in the Texas organization by MLB Prospect Watch. Winn was assigned to Single-A Hickory to open up the 2019 season. The 19-year old has made 3 starts so far and has struggled with command a bit issuing 10 walks in just 8.1 innings. Hopes are still very high for Winn as he seems to have the ceiling of a front of the rotation starter.
Notable Players Passed On:
LHP Matthew Liberatore (16th, TB)
RHP Brady Singer (18th, KC)
3B Nolan Gorman (19th, STL)
SS Brice Turang (21st, MIL)
It’ll be interesting to see which route the Rangers go in this year’s draft as they have the opportunity to really bring a star player into the organization. Their MO has generally been to go upside and athleticism but some needs behind the plate and at 3rd base may force their hand in another direction. Texas will definitely have their pick of a few talented players. Make sure to follow us @NolanWritinFS on Twitter for Rangers draft updates and analysis.