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Latest BA mock draft has Rangers taking prep shortstop

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Baseball America has the Rangers going with a high school bat in the first round in their latest mock draft

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MLB Rumors: The latest 2021 MLB mock draft from Baseball America is out, and the folks at BA have the Texas Rangers selecting Jordan Lawlar, the high school shortstop out of Dallas Jesuit, with the #2 pick in the draft.

This is not a particularly surprising projected selection, as Lawlar has been one of the players who has, from early on, been mocked to the Rangers, and who the Rangers have been linked to a fair amount. We wrote up a preview on Lawlar a couple of days ago that you can check out here.

As has been the case for most of the mocks that we have seen lately, Marcelo Mayer is projected to go to the Pittsburgh Pirates at #1, though BA notes that there’s a lot of uncertainty there. They have the Rangers primarily in on Mayer, Lawlar, Jack Leiter and Henry Davis, while also mentioning Kumar Rocker as a possibility.