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2018 MLB Mock Draft: Keith Law has Rangers going prep bat

Keith Law’s first mock draft of 2018 has the Rangers going with a high school hitter at #15

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2018 MLB Mock Draft: The Texas Rangers select #15 in the 2018 MLB Draft, and Keith Law, in his first mock draft for 2018, has the Rangers going with a high school hitter, Jarred Kelenic out of Wisconsin.

Kelenic is lefthanded hitting outfielder listed at 6’1”, 190 lbs. Baseball America has Kelenic going at #13, to the Marlins, in their most recent mock draft, and there have been rumors that the Detroit Tigers have looked at him as a below-slot signing pick at #1. Kelenic is currently ranked at #11 in the BA draft rankings, while MLB Pipeline has him at #8.

Kelenic is considered a potential five-tool player, with his bat and power potential garnering praise. He’s a center fielder right now, but it sounds like there are questions about whether he will be able to stay there as he gets older.

The knock on Kelenic is that Wisconsin isn’t exactly a hotbed of high-level baseball talent, and he’s had limited playing time this spring due to weather, which means scouts haven’t seen him as much. That said, it sounds like there is a good chance he’s off the board when Texas picks.