Texas Ranger minor league outfielder Jordan Akins, a 3rd round pick in 2010, is retiring from baseball. Akins is expected to play collegiate football at the University of Central Florida this fall instead.
Akins was a super-toolsy righthanded hitter who the Rangers were hoping would be able to translate his tools into skills. He generated a fair amount of buzz after putting up a .283/.312/.428 line in the AZL in 2011, but struggled after that. Akins spent most of the 2012 and 2013 seasons in low-A Hickory, where he put up a .209/.231/.330 line with 291 Ks and 19 walks in 815 plate appearances.
Other notable minor league releases the Rangers announced today include 1B/DH Michael Bianucci; Johan Yan, the third baseman turned RHP; and David Gates, the righthanded pitcher drafted last year in the 18th round out of Howard College whose pre-draft report was that he had a big arm and makeup issues.