MOD#6 - Rangers (2nd Round - 93rd Pick)

Ok guys this is a continuation of our draft board building. Right now we're a little bit behind. On Saturday we'll have to make 6 picks based on our present draft board, so we'll theoretically need to have a pool of 120 players to choose from, and at present we have roughly 46. Granted, we should be able to get by with that total, as the players were added in stages, based on where in the draft they might fall. In any event I would feel more comfortable with a pool of at least 70 or so. Get your votes in as soon as you can for MOD#6 so we can conclude with MOD#7 pick 123 late Friday/early Saturday. I will add a few names where appropriate to fill out the total (though I hope we can avoid something so unilateral).

Here is our present draft board. Let me know, if there are switches you would like to make in terms of the ranking/order of priority, especially in case there is a faller we have a chance to take.

(Current Draft Board)

*Byron Buxton, OF, 6'1 175, R/R, GA, HS*

*Carlos Correa, SS, 6’3 190, R/R, Santa Isabel, PR*

*Lucas Giolito, RHP, 6’6 230lbs, CA, HS*

*Albert Almora, OF, 6'2 170, R/R, FL, HS*

*Kevin Gausman, RHP, 6’4 185, LSU, NCAA*

*Lance McCullers Jr., RHP, 6’1 205lbs, FL, HS*

*Mark Appel, RHP, 6’5 200, Stanford, NCAA*

*Kyle Zimmer, RHP, 6’3 210, San Francisco, NCAA*

*Michael Zunino, C, 6`2 215, R/R, Florida, NCAA*

*Max Fried, LHP, 6’4 170, CA, HS*

*Marcus Stroman, RHP, 5’9 195, Duke, NCAA*

*David Dahl, OF, 6'2 185, L/R, AL, HS*

*Richie Shaffer, 1B/3B, 6'3 6'3 205, R/R, Clemson, NCAA*

*Gavin Cecchini, SS, 6'0 175, R/R, LA, HS*

*Zach Eflin, RHP, 6'5 190, FL, HS*

*Lucas Sims, RHP, 6'2 190, GA, HS*

*Chris Stratton, RHP, 6’2 194, Mississippi State, NCAA*

*Ty Hensley, RHP, 6'5 220, OK, HS*

*Addison Russell, SS/3B, 6'0 215, R/R, FL, HS*


Courtney Hawkins, OF, HS (300 points - 5 votes)

Jose Orlando Berrios, RHP, PR (240 points - 4 votes)

*Stryker Trahan, C, 6’1 215, L/R, LA, HS*

Victor Roache, OF, NCAA (180 points - 3 votes)

Matthew Smoral, LHP, HS (120 points - 2 votes)

Hunter Virant, LHP, HS (120 points - 2 votes)

*Dylan Baker, RHP, 6’3, 215, Western Nevada, JUCO*

CJ Hinojosa, SS/2B, HS (120 points - 2 votes)

Clint Coulter, C, 6’3 215, R/R, WA, HS (105 points - 6 votes)

*Lewis Brinson, OF, 6'3 170, R/R, FL, HS*

Joey Gallo, 3B, HS (100 points - 3 votes)

Tyler Naquin, OF, 6'0 185, L/R, Texas A & M, NCAA (75 points - 5 vote)

DJ Davis, OF, HS (60 points - 1 vote)

Nick Travieso, RHP, 6’3 210, FL, HS (40 points - 2 votes)

Wyatt Mathisen, C/MIF, 6’2 215, R/R, TX, HS (35 points - 3 votes)

Peter O`Brien, C, 6’5 225, R/R, Miami, NCAA (30 points - 2 votes)

Shane Watson RHP, 6’4 195, CA, HS (30 points - 2 votes)

Austin Aune, SS/OF, 6’2 190, L/R, TX, HS (30 points - 2 votes)

Corey Seager, 3B/SS, 6’3 190, L/R, NC, HS (20 points - 1 vote)

Ty Buttery, RHP, 6'6 205, NC, HS (20 points - 2 votes)

Fernando Perez SS/3B, 6’1 190, L/R, Central Arizona, JUCO (20 points - 2 votes)

Kolby Copeland, OF, 6'2 186, R/R, LA, HS (20 points - 4 votes)

Barrett Barnes, OF, 5’11 195, R/R, Texas Tech, NCAA (15 points - 1 vote)

Jeff Gelalich, OF, 6'1 205, R/R, UCLA, NCAA (15 points - 3 votes)

Christian Walker, 1B, 6'1 220, R/R, South Carolina, NCAA (10 points - 1 vote)

Fernelys Sanchez, OF, 6’4 205, S/R, NY, HS (10 points - 1 vote)

Tyler Gonzales, RHP, 6’2 180, TX, HS (10 points - 1 vote)

Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, 6’4 190lbs, TX, HS (10 points - 1 vote)

Rock Rucker, LHP/OF, 6’5 225, L/L, GA, HS (10 points - 2 votes)

Mitchell Traver, RHP, 6’7 220, TX, HS (10 points - 2 votes)

Max White, OF, 6'2 175, L/L, FL, HS (10 points - 2 votes)

Matt Strahm, LHP, 6’4 180, Neosho County, JUCO (5 points - 1 vote)

Jeremy Rathjen, OF, 6'4 175, R/R, Rice, NCAA (5 points - 1 vote)

*Adam Brett Walker, OF, 6’5 225, R/R, Jacksonville, NCAA*

*Mitch Haniger, OF, 6'2 215, R/R, Cal Poly, NCAA*


(NOTE) Due to time constraints I will be adding every player from the polls in both MOD#5 & MOD#6 to the draft board, but your votes will determine where those players will rank in terms of draft priority.

Here are the scouting reports on the POLL candidates:

1) Mitchell Traver, RHP, 6’7 220, TX, HS

A big frame and solid build that with added strength should raise his game a notch. Very limited compact delivery with some minor wrinkles that will need to be ironed out as he matures, but sound foundation at the present moment. A real heavy fastball that sits 89-92 mph. The slider has some serious potential and at its best has tight lateral drop that could be tough to adjust for hitters. He has a decent change up that he will need to throw more often to increase its effectiveness, but shows a solid three pitch arsenal.

2) Jake Thompson, RHP, 6’4 235, TX, HS

Big strong two-way prospect, very good present strength. Fastball 88-90 with good running action, up to 93 mph. Slurve type breaking ball has hard spin/sharp bite, will occasionally drop under curve for big sweeping slider effect, best pitch. Advanced change up for age, maintains arm speed, good fade. Good idea how to pitch, 3 legit pitches, goes after hitters.

3) Cody Poteet, RHP, 6’1 180, CA, HS

Athletic righty with three-pitch mix. His fastball sits in the low 90s, touching 96, while two-seamer that has some good sink and should be a ground-ball producer. Poteet’s curve is a potential plus offering, a tight downer breaking ball he can throw for strikes. His circle change should be an above-average offering as well. He throws it with a lot of deception and it dives late. He commands all his pitches well and keeps the ball down in the zone consistently. He has a chance to be a number 2 or 3 starter and will only be 17 at the draft.

4) Austin Fairchild, LHP, 6’1 175, TX, HS

Fairchild isn't built like the prototypical starting pitcher, but he reaches the low-90s with his fastball, and can ramp it up to 93, with lots of projection. He has good arm speed, but there is a lot of effort in his delivery, which could mean he's headed for the bullpen down the line. Good curveball spin, flashed plus hard break at times. Around the plate with both pitches, works quickly and challenges hitters. Needs to develop his changeup.

5) Cory Jones, RHP, 6’5 220, College of the Canyons, JUCO

(2012) 6-0(w-l) 2.79(era) 61.1(ip) 49(h) 38(bb) 89(so) 1(hr)

Big workhorse frame. Fastball a steady 93-95. Demonstrates excellent control, walking few. Has been flat out dominant at the JUCO level.

6) Matt Strahm, LHP, 6’4 180, Neosho County, JUCO

(2012) 8-3(w-l) 1.76(era) 92(ip) 69(h) 22(bb) 124(so)

Sophomore lefthander went a modest 2-1, 2.00 for Neosho County (JC) last season but caught the attention of scouts with his big projectable frame, easy delivery and command of his 92-93 mph fastball, hard slider, and solid average change. Great k/bb ratio. Eats innings. Committed to Nebraska.

7) Jeremy Rathjen, OF, 6'4 175, R/R, Rice, NCAA

54gp 198ab .338/.410/.551 9hr 39rbi 13(2b) 31bb 22so 6sb 2cs

Rathjen isn’t as polished of a defender as Drew Stubbs was for the Texas Longhorns, but he’s a similar athlete, with long and lean proportions that takes long, gliding strides in the outfield. Rathjen is still somewhat raw in almost every facet of his game, but he has shown dramatic improvement. At the plate he has good bat speed and power potential, but he has the tendency to swing and miss, and needs to show better pitch recognition. He has plus speed and the potential to be a threat on the basepaths, but needs to get better reads and jumps. In the outfield he can cover a lot of ground and has a good arm, but is working to improve his routes to get better jumps on fly balls. Everything is there for it all to come together for him to become a true five-tool athlete this spring, and a few more finishing touches could lead to a big bump on draft boards. ~ roadtoyankeestadium

8) Jeff Gelalich, OF, 6'1 205, R/R, UCLA, NCAA

52gp 202ab .376/.445/.550 9hr 37rbi 8(2b) 26bb 33so 15sb 4cs

This UCLA outfielder has picked a very good time to figure things out at the plate, allowing him to shoot up Draft boards. An inconsistent performer in the past, Gelalich has done nothing but hit in his junior season. He makes consistent hard contact and he’s starting to grow into what could be Major League average power. While Gelalich will still strik eout some, he’s become much more selective at the plate. A plus runner, he’s a threat to steal. He’s also improved defensively in terms of his reads and routes to go along with a solid-average arm. College hitters who perform tend to move up as the Draft approaches, and that’s certainly happened with Gelalich, who is now seen as a potential everyday outfielder at the next level.

9) Kolby Copeland, OF, 6'2 186, R/R, LA, HS

One of the areas of depth in this Draft class appears to be in high school position players. Case in point is Copeland, a Louisiana prepster who was getting more buzz as the Draft approached. The outfielder has tools that are somewhat comparable to first-round candidate Courtney Hawkins. Hawkins has more raw power, but some think Copeland is a better pure hitter. He runs well and has solid arm and fielding tools to with his considerable offensive potential. A quarterback who earned honorable mention all-state, Copeland was drawing some decision-makers to see him play as the spring wore on. He could continue shooting up boards until June.

10) Max White, OF, 6'2 175, L/L, FL, HS

White is a very good all-around athlete. Has the chance to be a very goo dfensive outfield. Covers a lot of ground with his plus-plus speed (6.54-60) and has very good arm strength (90mph) to throw out runners trying to advance. Has really shown a lot of progress this spring, especially with the bat. Young, extremely projectable build. Offensively, White has very good hitting fundamentals, with a quick smooth swing that is short and compact. Has good bat speed, with more to come as he gets stronger. Turns on inside pitches and makes hard linedrive contact to all fields. Came out of nowhere, but is no rising up draft boards fast.

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