Texas Rangers select RHP Luis Ortiz with their first round pick

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Texas selects California high school pitcher Luis Ortiz with the #30 overall pick

The Texas Rangers 2014 first round draft choice is righthanded pitcher Luis Ortiz, a high schooler out of Sanger, California.

Ortiz, the #30 pick overall, was ranked #28 in the Baseball America pre-draft rankings, but Keith Law had him as the #10 player in his most recent rankings.  Ortiz is a strike-thrower who is listed by ESPN as being 6'3", 220 lbs.  Pre-draft reports had him throwing a fastball in the low- to mid-90s, along with a slider and a changeup, though those pitches still need a lot of work.  He's described as a strike-thrower with a good feel for pitching, but someone who isn't as projectable as some of the other prep pitchers expected to go in the first round.

Monte Harrison was still on the board at #30, so it was somewhat surprising that he didn't go to the Rangers, given their predilection for toolsy outfielders, and the pre-draft talk that they were high on him.

The Rangers received the #30 pick as compensation for losing Nelson Cruz as a free agent, after making him a qualifying offer.  Texas lost their own first round draft pick by virtue of signing Shin-Soo Choo as a free agent.

Some video on Ortiz:

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