Draft Primer: Rangers Draft Picks 31-50

31) Landry, Shon McNeese St U SS R/R 5'09" 175 1986-02-14 5S


*Shon Landry batted a team-best .349 with five home runs and 33 RBI in a season shortened by a broken collarbone. Now healthy, Landry leaves Tuesday to join a Single-A short-season team in Spokane, Wash.

Landry broke the collarbone by running into a wall April 26 at Texas State. With the injury fully healed, Landry said he returned to hitting in a batting cage about a week ago.

"I'm 100 percent healed," said Landry, a first-team all-Southland Conference player this season.


32) Williams, Reggie Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS (FL) CF S/R 6'04"190 1989-09-15 HS

      -Wants overslot to sign- Committed to U Miami

Long and athletic at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Williams is a switch-hitter with speed, rating as a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale for most scouts.

He led the state of Florida with 59 steals this spring in just 20 games while hitting .604. Williams' bat will be the question, as he's drawn some Gary Matthews Jr. comparisons both physically and in terms of his future potential. He hasn't shown much present power despite being an older prep senior (he'll turn 20 in the fall) as he hit only one home run this spring.


33) Rhoad, Kyle Eastern Michigan U CF R/R 5'10" 190 1985-11-10 SR


34) Prince, Jared Washington St U OF R/R 6'03" 195 1986-05-25 SR


Prince went to bed Wednesday and night and stuck his phone in the other room.

He had seven text messages and several voice mails when he woke up on Thursday at 9 a.m.

"I think everybody else found out before I did," the 2005 North Kitsap graduate said.

Prince hit .343 with seven home runs and 38 RBI this year at Washington State. It was his best season since his freshman season in which he led the Pac-10 in hitting and was named a freshman All-American. His sophomore and junior campaigns were complicated by a shoulder injury. Prince didn’t make an error patrolling the outfield — he made only one in his four years — as the Cougars finished second in the Pac-10 and advanced to postseason play for the first time in 19 years.


35) Butler, Timothy Greenbrier Christian Academy (VA) RHP R/R 6'02" 1751991-03-13 HS

-Committed to Radford goes by Eddie Butler local kid here in Chesapeake that pitches for a powerhouse Virginia Independent School that is ranked as the #20 high school team by BA.

Raccuia’s take – "Eddie has an electric arm and stuff, and we truly believe he has a chance to win a lot of games for us. We wanted a front-of-the-rotation guy, and I think he’ll be able to fill that role sooner than later."

• Member of the 2008 VISAA State Championship team (Division II) at Greenbrier Christian coached by Gary Lavelle.

• Nominated to play in the 2008 United States Scholar-Athlete Games.

• On the State-by-State Follow Draft List for Virginia by Perfect Game in 2008; Ranked the 17th-best prospect in Virginia by Perfect Game.


36) Carasiti, Matthew Berlin HS (CT) RHP R/R 6'03" 205 1991-07-23 HS

-wants overslot to sign- Committed to St. John’s-

Scouting video:

Good Article:,0,7327641.story

There's no confusion about where Carasiti wants to pitch this summer. "I want to sign with a pro team," he said. "I've had that dream since I was little."

Where he ends up depends on where he gets drafted. "The earlier the better, obviously, but the cutoff round for me probably is the sixth," Carasiti said. Said Jim Carasiti: "Scouts ask, 'What will it take for Matt to sign?' It's like a chess game. We just have to wait to see how it plays out."

Carasiti throws a four-seam, two-seam and split-fingered fastball, a changeup and a slider. He says half his strikeouts have been with his splitter as he looks to lead Berlin on a long run next month in the Class L tournament.


37) Nading, Charles U Nevada Las Vegas RHP R/R 6'06" 220 1987-07-09 SO

* Jason Cole: Just got off the phone with Nading and it sounds like there's a decent chance that he'll sign. He's very very raw, but he's 6-foot-6 and has a good fastball.

PG: from back when he committed to OSU

This year’s top "Out of State" prospect is RHP Chad Nading, a 6-5, 190 lb right handed pitcher from Anchorage, Alaska who has signed with West Coast power Oregon State. Nading is the most heralded baseball prospect to come out of Alaska in memory and his presence in Cedar Rapids this weekend is a testament to how serious he is about his baseball future.

He’s a big kid, if nothing else. he is only a sophomore due to his transferring around, so he’s got eligibility left.


38) Hutting, Anthony Tesoro HS (CA) OF L/L 6'00" 185 1991-04-07 HS

-Wants overslot to sign- Committed to Cal State Fullerton



39) Henry, Jabari Olympia HS (FL) RF R/R 6'00" 198 1990-11-11 HS

-Committed to Florida International University

The tool that stands out the most for Henry is the bat. Henry has above average power in a very compact swing. In the opening game of the High School season, Henry took a Steven Ewing (listed above) offering deep to center field for the only run in his teams 1-0 win. He has shown an ability to hit top level hitting and will be watched extremely closely over the next few months. Jabari profiles at the next level as a power hitting left-fielder.

Perfect Game’s 23rd ranked player in the state of Florida...124th ranked player in the nation...projected as a top-10 round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft.


40) Vail, Taylor Cabrillo Col 3B L/R 6'02" 200 1986-09-05 J1


"You look at his swing and you can see there's something there," said Butch Metzger, the Rangers' NorCal scout. "Then you talk to the guy and go, Jesus, he's 22. What are we going to do with this guy? As a scout you have to convince people making the decisions to do something there. Fortunately, we were able to draft him and have a place for him. He's going to get into a situation where he can get lots of at-bats, and if he does well, because of his age, they'll push him along."


41) Garrett, Forrest Norcross HS (GA) LHP L/L 6'02" 168 1990-09-24 HS

-Wants overslot to sign- Committed to LSU

Forrest Garrett is a 2009 LHP with a 6'3'', 180 lb. frame from Norcross, GA. Garrett has a very projectable build to go with his already outstanding current ability. He has good effortless arm speed and he pitches in the high 80's to low 90's with command. He uses a 3/4 arm angle, with good arm speed and his velo comes easy for him. He has an outstanding change up which might have been the best change at the National. He also has a very good curveball. Very good pitchability and projects large. Very interesting 2009 lefty, one of the best in the nation.



42) Zagarac, Shane St Joseph's Col LHP L/L 6'03" 225 1985-08-15 SR


* The left-handed pitcher recently completed his senior season at St. Joseph’s College of Indiana where he went 5-4 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 starts for the Pumas. Zegarac led St. Joseph’s and was fifth in the GLVC in strikeouts with 72 in just 61.2 innings. A durable pitcher, Zegarac tossed three complete games with two shutouts.


43) Bonadonna, Joseph U Illinois Champaign CF R/R 5'08" 170 1985-09-06 5S



44) Christman, Tyler U South Carolina Sumter RHP R/R 6'02" 180 1989-08-26 J1

-Draft and Follow this Summer-

"They’re doing a draft-and-follow on me," said the former Sumter High School and Sumter P-15’s standout. "They’re going to watch me over the summer and see how I do. They have until August to sign me."

Christman said he has no idea what he is going to do at this time. He is going to see how things shake out in regards to how many drafted players the Rangers sign.

"I know they drafted a lot of pitchers," he said. "If, say, 10 of those don’t sign, that could open up some more money for me. It could be soon or it could be in August."


45) Anderson, Dale Col Southern Idaho C R/R 6'01" 215 1990-05-02 J1



46) Grundy, Jerad Johnsburg HS (IL) LHP L/L 5'11" 180 1990-09-11 HS

*The Texas Rangers selected Grundy in the 46th round, much later than anticipated going into the draft. Grundy, a 6-foot left-hander who throws in the low 90 mph range, signed with Miami (Fla.) in November, so many teams did not use an early pick because they thought he would not sign.

"All the scouts knew it was going to be hard for me to back out of Miami," Grundy said. "Scouts categorized me as an ‘extremely tough sign.’ "

With an 80 percent scholarship to Miami, one of the nation’s elite programs, Grundy likely will not sign.

"I learned a lot about the process for next time if I don’t sign now," Grundy said. "Now I know how everything works and how to handle it."


47) Higgins, Tyler Mt Pleasant HS (MI) RHP R/R 6'02" 1991-04-22 HS

-Committed to Michigan

"We were all paying attention to the draft on the computer and when my name came up everyone started cheering," Higgins said. "It was a great feeling to get drafted by a professional team. I didn't really care where I went, but for now I am a Texas Rangers fan."


48) Frenzel, Cole Dickinson HS (ND) 3B L/R 6'02" 1990-03-13 HS

-Committed to Arizona U

From PG: Frenzel was a big surprise at this event. He has good arm strength (91 from OF) and good raw power at the plate. He received National Showcase invite from performance at SS West.

Also PG: Cole Frenzel is a 2009 SS/3B with a 6'2'', 205 lb. frame from Dickinson, ND. Frenzel showed good hands in the infield and a strong arm. He has a strong LH bat and projects very well. He has good strength in his swing and shows good power potential. Interesting bat to watch as he continues to develop. He has signed with Arizona.

Frenzel likely will become the 14th player to be drafted out of North Dakota, and he could go earlier than Elgie did. But he probably won't get picked high enough or draw enough of a bonus offer to make it worthwhile to pass up college. Major league teams figure to let him develop for three years with the Wildcats before making a run at him in 2012.

* From everything I’ve read he has top five round talent but seems pretty dead set on attending college. He’ll play 3B at Arizona and should be a big time slugger when he’s draft eligible again. I don’t think there’s a way in the world he signs unless Texas offers seven figures and in this economy with the other selections taken before him that won’t happen. Too bad he’s a great hitter.


49) Kendrick, Catlan Northgate HS (GA) RHP R/R 6'04" 180 1991-06-24 HS

-Committed to Kennesaw State U

Cat played with the Grays last year at Coastal Carolina, East Cobb and Jupiter. He is very projectable at the pro level due to his size and how loose his arm was. In Jupiter, he carved up a strong Central Florida Renegades team for 3 innings where he was 89-91 on the gun with a good slider and an unhittable split. When he fills out in his frame and gets a little stronger, there is no telling how high his ceiling will be. Cat will play with the Grays 18u team this summer while the Rangers follow his progress at Coastal Carolina (6-/25-6/28) and the WWBA 18u at East Cobb (6/30-7/6).

"Catlan has a great arm and body and throws in the low 90's. He has a tremendous upside and great character."


50) Melendez, Ronald Cowley County CC CF R/R 5'10" 170 1989-09-29 J1

Melendez, a freshman from Jacksonville, FL, batted .367 with four home runs, 14 doubles, and 38 RBI. Melendez also stole 18 bases and scored 51 runs in 59 games.


-Wants over-slot to sign- Committed to U Miami

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