2019 MLB Mock Draft: Rumors about the Texas Rangers draft pick at #8 have been scarce thusfar, so it has been hard to get a read on what direction they are likely to go, but the latest Baseball America mock draft has Texas going with a college bat with their first pick for the first time since 2008, tabbing Arizona State outfielder Hunter Bishop as the Rangers’ pick at #8.
While the Rangers typically prefer toolsy high school position players with their premium picks, Bishop would be a toolsy college player. He’s a lefty hitter/righty thrower who is mashing so far this season, and who BA has 70 grade raw power. There are questions about whether Bishop will end up in a corner spot or whether he will stay in center field, but there’s a lot of upside here.
Bad news for Big 12 fans, though, as both Texas Tech third baseman Josh Jung and Baylor catcher Shea Langoliers fall pretty far down the board on this mock.