Texas Rangers draft: Baseball America’s mock draft just released this morning has the Rangers going pitching with their first two picks.
At #26, BA has the Rangers taking Missouri righthander Tanner Houck. Houck is a big (6’5”, 220 lb.) guy with a low-90s fastball that BA says has “outstanding sink,” with the big question on him being whether he can stay in the rotation, or whether his delivery and middling changeup make him a future reliever. That said, I suspect the Rangers would be happy to see Houck drop to them.
At #29, they project the Rangers taking Minnesota high school righthanded pitcher Sam Carlson, who we wrote up here. Carlson to Texas has been a popular pairing in recent mock drafts.
Tristen Lutz and Drew Waters, two players talked about as possible Ranger targets, are mocked at #31 and #32, while Clarke Schmidt, a RHP for the South Carolina Gamecocks who was seen as a top half of the first round pick before going down with Tommy John surgery in April, going at #30. With two picks in the first round, I’ve wondered if the Rangers might consider getting Schmidt at #29.