With the MLB Draft only a couple months away and all eyes are set on the future here in Arlington, it seems right to take a peak at who the Texas Rangers could be eyeing with the 3rd overall selection on July 17th.
Last year, the Rangers selected the highly touted Jack Leiter, who in his early action looks every bit as special as he was advertised to be. While the Rangers are excited about Jack, this year’s draft has a bit less room for error, as Texas does not have a round two or three pick this year due to the off-season signings they made, and the expectation of contending sooner rather than later, adding pressure on the Rangers front office to get this pick correct.
With that being said, who do the Texas Rangers pick this year with their first round selection?
First off, let’s take a look at what the national media thinks the Texas Rangers are going to do:
A mock draft from MLB.com has the Rangers just missing out on Druw Jones, the son of the five- time All-Star and 10 time Gold Glove award winner Andruw Jones, who goes 2nd in this draft and is ranked as the number one ranked draft prospect on MLB.com’s rankings.
Instead, the draft has the Rangers taking the 2nd ranked player on that list 3rd overall, the high school outfielder out of IMG Academy in Miami Florida, Elijah Green. Green stands at 6′ 3″ and weighs in at 225 lbs. While not MLB pedigree, Green is the son of former NFL tight end Eric Green, and while his father had a very respectable NFL career, Elijah looks to have the tools to have a phenomenal career on the diamond. Green’s tools are graded as follows:
Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 70 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 60.
Combining elite speed, a plus arm, plus graded power and excellent fielding ability, Green looks to man center field for a team for many years to come. While Green has many elite traits that teams would be foolish to not take a flyer on, he does come with things he needs to improve on. The right-handed Green has had some questions come up about the amount of swing-and-miss in his game, especially with elevated velocity and his adjustments to breaking balls however he has calmed some of those fears with how he’s performed this year. To further explain the confidence scouts have in him, many say Green has the highest ceiling in the entire draft. So, with where the Rangers currently stand would they take a flyer on the high school outfielder with a ton of potential or would they prefer to go in a different direction?