2015 MLB Draft: The Texas Rangers take Dillon Tate with the #4 overall pick in Keith Law's latest mock draft.
The first round of the 2015 MLB Draft is just 4 days away, and we are waiting with bated breath to find out what the Rangers do with the highest pick they've had in almost three decades. Keith Law has the Rangers taking UC-Santa Barbara righthanded pitcher Dillon Tate, one of the "big three" players in this draft (although the other two members, Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson and Florida HS shortstop Brendan Rodgers, seem to have separated themselves from Tate at this point).
Tate is the guy who it seems like is getting mocked to the Rangers most often -- he's a college pitcher with a couple of plus pitches that have him seen as a potential top of the rotation starter, but his lack of starting experience and questions about his ability to maintain his command and velocity have some people thinking he is more likely to end up as a late-inning reliever. On a very simplistic level, you can imagine Tate as a rich man's Tanner Scheppers, in terms of potential upside and likely future role.
Law sees the Rangers taking whichever one of the "big names" -- Tate, Swanson or Rodgers -- that falls to them, and I think the real intrigue with the Texas pick is going to end up being what happens if those three are all off the board when Texas picks. At that point, my guess is that the Rangers would take LSU shortstop Alex Bregman.