2018 MLB Draft: The Texas Rangers are selecting players in rounds three through ten of the MLB Draft today, and as each player is selected, I will update this post to reflect the player selected, with a capsule description of the player.
Round 3 — Jonathan Ornelas, Raymond Kelis High School, Glendale, Arizona. Ranked #143 on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list and ranked #87 on the MLB Pipeline list. Ornelas is a 6’0”, 160 lb. righthanded hitting shortstop who has good reports on his bat, but who likely will have to shift from shortstop to second base or third base.
Round 4 — Mason Englert, Forney High School, Forney, Texas. Ranked #126 on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list, #114 on the MLB Pipeline list. Englert is a 6’4”, 215 lb. righthanded pitcher committed to Texas A&M, though if he’s being taken in the fourth round, he seems likely to sign. He’s described by BA as “skinny” but projectable, with BA saying he’s someone you could see developing into a possible first rounder with three years of college and additional growth and development. MLB Pipeline has him throwing in the low-90s and praises his arm action and delivery, and also mentions him as a possible first rounder in 2021 if he doesn’t sign this year.
Round 5 — Jayce Easley, O’Connor High School, Phoenix, Arizona. Ranked #452 on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list. Easley is the son of former major league infielder Damion Easley. He’s listed at 5’10”, 150 lbs., and is a switch hitter, and described as a plus runner with an above-average arm.
Round 6 — Sean Chandler, Iowa Western Community College. Does not appear on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list. Chandler is a 6’5”, 200 lb. righthanded pitcher who was selected in the 32nd round of the 2015 draft by the Brewers.
Round 7 — Tim Brennan, St. Joseph’s University. Ranked #313 on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list. Brennan is a 6’4”, 185 lb. righthanded pitcher who just finished his junior season at St. Joseph’s. He’s a strike-thrower without great stuff — 88-91 mph on the fastball, per BA — but has put up good numbers in college.
Round 8 — Jax Biggers, University of Arkansas. Ranked #355 on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list. Biggers is a 5’11, 180 lb. lefthanded hitting shortstop, though BA says he will have to move to second base as a pro. Biggers is from Missouri City, Texas.
Round 9 — Chandler Sanburn, Wichita State University. Ranked #409 on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list. Sanburn is a 6’2”, 195 lb. righthanded pitcher who was the Shockers closer this year. He is a senior, and throws mid-90s with what BA describes as an average slider.
Round 10 — Leury Tejada, Walton High School, the Bronx, New York. Not ranked on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list. Listed as a 5’9”, 144 lb. shortstop.