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2018 MLB Draft: Texas Rangers select 15th

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The Texas Rangers will have the #15 overall pick on the 2018 MLB Draft

Arizona Diamondbacks v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers will pick 15th in the 2018 MLB Draft. The Rangers are tied with the Seattle Mariners with a 78-84 record. Had Seattle won today, the Rangers would be picking 14th, but because they have the same record, and Texas had a better record last year, Seattle gets the better pick.

The recent history of the 15th pick of the draft is uninspiring — the last time the Rangers picked 15th, they took Georgia high school outfielder Jake Skole, who ended as a bust. Since 1980, Chase Utley, Royce Clayton, Chris Carpenter, Scott Kazmir and Stephen Drew are the only #15 overall picks to accumulate at least 5 bWAR, and Kazmir and Drew slid due to bonus concerns.

If you want a positive thought, however, Carpenter was drafted by the Jays with a pick the Jays received from the Rangers as compensation for the Rangers signing away Tom Henke as a free agent. Ironically, the Rangers lost Henke to the Blue Jays in the first place when the Jays selected him from the Rangers organization as compensation for the Rangers signing Cliff Johnson away from the Jays as a free agent.

The Astros picked 15th last year, and selected college RHP J.B. Bukauskas. Texas, of course, will likely select a toolsy high schooler from Georgia who has questions about his hit tool.