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The Rangers have the 19th pick in the draft today, the latest they've drafted since 2000, when they went with Scott Heard (who ended up busting)...

Gerry Fraley has the Rangers taking Matt Garza, which would be a pretty big stretch. Garza is viewed as a second or third rounder -- he went 78th in the Minor League Ball mock draft -- so I have to hope Fraley has bad info there.

BA has the Rangers taking Arizona State outfielder Travis Buck, although they have Tennessee righty (and Boras client) Luke Hochevar dropping to the Cubs at #20. If the Rangers have really decided that Boras clients are okay after all, Hochevar would be an enticing pick if he drops...

The other intriguing possible dropper is Wade Townsend, the Rice righthander who went back to school rather than sign with Baltimore last year. BA has him going in the top 10, but there have apparently been rumblings he could drop all the way down to the Rangers, and he'd be a great pick if he drops that far...

Baylor righty Mark McCormick was the other name that the Rangers have been linked with quite a bit, but he's a guy who throws hard but can't really pitch, and a Boras client (making him a tough sign), so he seems like a bad fit for the Rangers.

Update [2005-6-7 13:51:11 by Adam J. Morris]: -- The Rangers have selected John Mayberry, Jr., out of Stanford with their first round pick. You can read his Stanford bio here.

Mayberry was a first round pick by the Mariners in 2002, who chose to attend college rather than sign with Seattle. He had a disappointing year, power-wise, but is considered to be a very projectable, high-ceiling power hitter. A solid pick, I think.

Update [2005-6-7 14:29:0 by Adam J. Morris]: -- John Whittleman from Kingwood high school is the Rangers second round pick. He looks to be a BIG reach there...BA had him ranked as the #183 overall prospect in the draft, good bat but no position. He wasn't selected in Minor League Ball's 5 round mock draft. Really curious selection there...

Update [2005-6-7 15:10:21 by Adam J. Morris]: -- After reaching for Whittleman in the second round, the Rangers took Taylor Teagarden in the third round, which is a very good value pick. Teagarden is a catcher from UT, ranked #26 overall by BA and considered by many to be a likely late first round pick. Great defensive ability, although there is some questions about his bat. Solid selection in the third round, though.

Update [2005-6-7 17:43:36 by Adam J. Morris]: -- More picks:

4th round -- RHP Shane Funk, Arnold HS, FL
5th round -- LHP Michael Kirkland, Columbia HS, FL
6th round -- 2B German Duran, Weatherford College
7th round -- RHP Jacob Rasner, Earl Wooster HS, Nevada
8th round -- RHP Bradley Barragar, Golden West College
9th round -- CF Ronnie Anderson, Blanche Armwood HS, FL
10th round -- RHP Matthew Nevarez, San Fernando HS, CA