Good morning. The Texas Rangers drafted Jack Leiter yesterday. That wasn’t a dream.
Let’s get this out of the way first, the Aaron Kasinitz writes that the Rangers went quietly in a 4-1 loss to the A’s to close out the season’s first half.
The actual baseball game was the least important thing to happen yesterday by a mile. Instead, as Kennedi Landry notes, the important thing was that the Rangers were able to land perhaps their best pitching prospect in a long time.
Stefan Stevenson writes that indeed the Rangers made Jack Leiter their selection with the No. 2 overall pick at the MLB Draft, the highest pick for Texas since 1974.
Evan Grant writes that, as long as they can sign him, the Rangers grabbed the guy that they had their sights set on all along.
Levi Weaver writes that throughout the year-long draft process, the Rangers kept coming back to Leiter as their target with no regard for their dubious history of developing arms.
So who exactly is Jack Leiter and what does he bring to the table? Manny Randhawa offers a profile for the Rangers’ top pick.
Kevin Sherrington is a fan of the Leiter pick and writes that it gives the Rangers real hope and direction for their ongoing rebuild.
As though there weren’t enough excitement yesterday, the MLB Futures Game took place and Keith Law recaps what he saw from the prospects including Coles Winn and Ragan for Texas.
The fun continues with the Home Run Derby which will feature Joey Gallo at Coors Field. Andrew Simon breaks down the bracket before the 500-footers start flying tonight.
And, the MLB Draft also continues today with rounds 2-10. Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo look at the best still available with the Rangers making their next selection at pick No. 38.
Have a nice day!