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Dillon Tate ranked #8 in top 10 RHP prospect list

MLB Pipeline's list of the top 10 righthanded pitching prospect in the minors has Dillon Tate at #8

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Dillon Tate, the Texas Rangers' first round draft choice in the 2015 draft, was ranked the #8 righthanded pitching prospect in the minors by MLB Pipeline.

Tate, who was the fourth overall selection in the draft, is slotted behind Robert Stephenson of the Reds, and fellow 2015 draftee Carson Fulmer, who is in the White Sox organization.  Nationals righty Lucas Giolito is #1 on the list.

On our LSB Community Prospect Rankings, Tate finished tied for 5th with Chi Chi Gonzalez.  Gonzalez wasn't eligible for MLB Pipeline's rankings, but Luis Ortiz, who was one spot above Tate on our rankings, was eligible but didn't make the cut.

Its a nice recognition for Tate, who worked primarily as a reliever in college, and who the Rangers will be looking to use as a starter for now.  My guess is that the Rangers will start Tate at low-A Hickory, in order to keep him from having to deal with the pitcher's nightmare that is High Desert in the high-A Cal League.  If things go well for Tate, we may see him in Frisco before 2016 is over.