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2018 MLB Draft: Texas Rangers select Owen White in second round

The Rangers select high school righthander Owen White with the #55 pick in the draft

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2018 MLB Draft: The Texas Rangers second round draft pick in the 2018 MLB Draft is Owen White, a righthanded high school pitcher out of China Grove, North Carolina. White is listed at 6’3”, 175 lbs., and throws in the low 90s, with a curve described as above-average. White is one of your athletic, projectable prep pitchers that the Rangers like, though Baseball America says that he’s thought to be a potentially tough sign.

As far as the rankings go, BA has White at #59 on their top 100 list, as does MLB Pipeline, which says he has four pitches that project as solid or better. Keith Law has White at #49, saying he’s someone a team with a bigger bonus pool would probably want to target due to potential signability concerns. Fangraphs, meanwhile, has White at #57 on their list.

So, prep pitcher, solid but not spectacular velocity, athletic, projectable, good breaking ball, good feel for the changeup, and ranked by the main ranking folks right around the #55 spot where he went. While the signability issues is not insignificant, one has to think the Rangers know what it will take to sign him and are ready to do that if they are using their second pick on him.