Rangers First Day of the Draft

Evan Grant over at D Magazine had this to say this morning:

ARLINGTON – The luxury afforded the organization with the best minor league system in baseball became apparent Tuesday.

While most of the other 29 teams absolutely, positively had to find affordable, useful parts from the haystack known as the amateur draft, the Rangers were able to stand back, scan the horizon and go after the mother lode.

This year’s version of Rick Porcello? Sure, bring him on.

The 2009 model of Luke Hochevar? Hey, not an issue.

And so when the first day of the draft was done, the Rangers had acquired the rights to two of the top 10 rated prospects in the draft, according to Baseball America.

“We are extremely happy with our picks,” general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday night. “We got two pitchers we have really high hopes for.”

With the 14th pick, they scooped up 18-year-old Klein (Texas) High School LHP Matthew Purke (ranked 10th among all prospects by Baseball America) after he slid over fears he’d want a bonus somewhere in the $6 million range.

At No. 44, the compensation pick awarded them for losing DH Milton Bradley to the Chicago Cubs, the Rangers took a gamble on RHP Tanner Scheppers, who has been projected a top 15 pick in each of the top two years, but has fallen over injury concerns.

My only concern is Purke has let it be known he wants big money to sign, like $7 million signing bonus.  With Hicks in financial trouble I don’t know if they will be throwing that much money at a High School pitcher.  Only time will tell.


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