2015 MLB Draft: The Texas Rangers have selected Dillon Tate with the #4 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.
Tate, a righthanded pitcher from the University of California-Santa Barbara, came into the season projected to be a late first round or supplemental first round pick, but rocketed up the draft charts due to a plus fastball that goes into the mid- to upper-90s and a plus slider, with a changeup that some believe has enough potential to be a good enough third pitch for Tate to start.
Tate's ceiling is thought to be as high as any pitcher in this draft -- he is someone who, if he can stay in the rotation, projects as a potential #2 starter. However, his lack of experience starting and his delivery has led to questions about whether he can make it as a starter in the pros, or if he instead will end up working out of the bullpen.
Obviously, you don't use the #4 overall pick in the draft on a pitcher that you think ends up as a reliever, so the Rangers clearly think he can stick in the rotation.