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Rangers take Texas HS SS Cameron Cauley in the third round

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In the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft, the Texas Rangers have taken Mt. Belvieu shortstop Cameron Cauley

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In the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft, the Texas Rangers have selected Cameron Cauley, a shortstop out of Barbers Hill High School.

Cauley is a 5’10”, 170 lb. righthanded hitting shortstop out of Barbers Hill High School in Mt. Belvieu, Texas. He’s #85 on the Baseball America board and he is ranking #92 on the MLB Pipeline rankings. He comes in at #138 on the ESPN rankings, and isn’t ranked by Fangraphs or Keith Law.

He brings to mind Jonathan Ornelas, the Rangers’ 3rd rounder in 2018. He’s smaller than Ornelas but has the same sort of well-rounded game, with a quality hit tool that both MLB Pipeline and BA have a 55 on. He has some speed and is seen as a versatile defender who could end up playing any number of positions — BA says that he could end up being an above-average defender in center field.

He’s a guy whose selling point is that he’s speedy and has a good hit tool and strike zone judgment, but there isn’t much power projection that appears to be there. He gets praise for his aggressiveness and MLB Pipeline compares his on-field “swagger” to Dustin Pedroia.