And some final Mocks are up:
11. Texas -- Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri
Texas could pass on Crow due to his cost and take Christian Friedrich, but the Rangers haven't been afraid to shell out for better players, and they've got Crow rated over Friedrich and Martin, should he get here.
11. Texas Rangers: Aaron Crow, RHP, University of Missouri
Crow is not a name that's been mentioned here -- it's been all about Shooter Hunt, Andrew Cashner, Aaron Hicks, Gerrit Cole and Ethan Martin, mostly -- but it wasn't considered a possibility that Crow would be available. They've wanted a good arm if it was there for them and Crow certainly fits the bill while the Rangers have been a team that hasn't worried about signability in the past.
Last projection: Andrew Cashner
11. TEXAS. Despite their ever-present need for pitching, the thought of Hosmer at the Ballpark in Arlington is mighty tempting for the Rangers. They'd also be thrilled if Crow fell this far, and if he doesn't, they'd choose between the top high school pitchers (righthander Ethan Martin from Georgia and Cole) and Friedrich.
Projected Pick: ETHAN MARTIN, rhp, Stephens County HS, Toccoa, Ga.
11. Texas Rangers
The Rangers would be pleasantly surprised to see one of the elite college players fall to them. Barring such a plummet, there’s been some talk of them selecting a college closer, as well as a late surge for high school pitcher Ethan Martin, one of the more athletic and projectable arms in the draft. In this scenario, Crow is just far too good a talent to let him slide any further, and as always seems to be the case, Texas needs pitching.
Selection: Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri
And mine? I'm sure no one really cares, but, Aaron Hicks...
[Note by Longhorn, 06/05/08 10:12 AM CDT ] Just saw in Jamey's e-mail that Evan Grant has the Rangers taking Aaron Crow and TR Sullivan has them taking Shooter Hunt.