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Texas Rangers select 18 players on first day of 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft06/07/2005 8:43 PM ET
The Texas Rangers selected 18 players on the first day of the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The team's first selection, the 19th overall in the draft, was ouffielder John Mayberry, Jr. out of Stanford University. Mayberry is the first outfielder selected with the Rangers' first pick since Donald Harris in 1989 (fifth overall selection).
A 21-year-old junior, Mayberry was ranked as the 12th-best position player in the draft by Baseball America, the 24th ranked player overall by the publication. He has a career .312 (202-648) average with 28 home runs, 35 doubles and 148 RBI over three years at Stanford. Mayberry batted .303 (72-238) with 8 home runs and 53 RBI this season for the Cardinal, who were eliminated from the NCAA baseball playoffs yesterday in a 4-3 loss to Baylor in Waco. He was rated as the best college athlete among Baseball America's top 200 prospects, also the third-best power hitter in that group. Originally drafted by Seattle in the first round (28th overall) of the 2002 draft out of Rockhurst (Mo.) High School, he is the highest selection and the only first round pick from 2002 to attend a four-year college.
Eighteen rounds were completed on the first day of the draft. The following is a rundown of the Rangers' top 10 picks as well as a list of the 18 players selected:
John Whittleman, 3B: Was club's 2nd round selection/67th overall out of Kingwood HS in Humble, Texas...this season, he has posted a .396 (42-106) batting average, .590 on base percentage, 10 doubles, 13 home runs, 27 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 47 runs scored while leading Kingwood High to a 33-6-1 record...will participate in this weekend's Texas UIL 5A State Baseball Tournament...in his 3-year varsity career, Whittleman has batted .418 with 28 doubles, 30 HR, 120 RBI, 27 stolen bases and 125 runs scored...University of Texas signee was all-district as a sophomore in 2003 and was named District 22-5A MVP and First-Team All-State in 2004...was a 2-year starter at quarterback for Kingwood and holds single-season and career records for completions and passing yardage.
Taylor Teagarden, C: Was club's 3rd round selection/99th overall out of the University of Texas...the Carrollton, Texas native was rated as the 2nd-best catcher in the draft by Baseball America, the 26th-best prospect overall by the publication...also ranked by Baseball America as the 2nd-best college defensive player among the publication's top 200 prospects...has batted .345 (67-194) with 21 doubles, 6 home runs and 31 RBI in 55 games this season...has posted a .459 on-base percentage and .557 slugging percentage...will participate in this weekend's NCAA super regional against Mississippi...Teagarden was named a finalist for this year's Johnny Bench Award, presented to the nation's top catcher...was the only Longhorns position player to start all 73 games in 2004, hitting .273 (71-260) with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 51 RBI...was named as a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention...also received NCAA Austin Regional Most Outstanding Player honors in 2004 and spent summer with the USA National team...a 2002 graduate of Carrollton's Creekview High School, Teagarden was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round in the 2002 June draft.
Shane Funk, RHP: Was club's 4th round selection/129th overall out of Arnold High School in Panama City, Florida...Alabama University signee was rated as the 6th-best high school prospect in Florida, and the 44th best prospect overall by Perfect Game USA...was named as a member of the East squad for the 2005 All-American Baseball Game presented by Playstation, scheduled to take place June 13 in Albuquerque...received recognition as an AFLAC High School All-American after compiling a 1.44 ERA and 115 strikeouts as a junior in 2004...was 5-4 with a 1.57 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 62.1 innings pitched as a sophomore in 2003...has been chosen as an All-County selection for 3 straight years and was a participant at the 2002 and 2003 USA Baseball Olympic Trials.
Michael Kirkman, LHP: Was club's 5th round selection/159th overall out of Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida...left-handed hurler went 7-3 with a 1.43 ERA (16 ER/67.1 IP) in 11 appearances in 2005...recorded 124 strikeouts, including season-high 18 K's on 2 occasions...held opposing batters to a .173 batting average and .220 slugging percentage while leading Columbia to a 13-14 record and district runner-up finish...signed a letter of intent with Lake City Community College.
German Duran, 2B: Was club's 6th round selection/189th overall out of Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas...Fort Worth native hit a school record 13 home runs for Weatherford this season, batting .357 (61-171) with 12 doubles, 39 RBI, 6 stolen bases and 52 runs scored...posted a .471 on-base percentage and .670 slugging percentage while garnering All-North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference honors...was named a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger and selected to the Conference USA all-Freshman team while at Texas Christian University in 2004...Duran batted .330 (63-191) with 16 doubles, 5 home runs, 27 RBI and 9 stolen bases in 51 games for the Horned Frogs...hit safely in team-high 21 straight games from February 19-April 2, 2004...spent summer with the Coppell Copperheads in the Texas Collegiate League...a 2003 graduate of Paschal High School in Fort Worth.
Jacob Rasner, RHP: Was club's 7th round selection/219th overall out of Wooster High School in Reno, Nevada...the 6-5, 190-pound righthander signed a letter of intent with the University of Nevada...was a first-team All-Sierra League selection as a junior in 2004, recording 61 strikeouts in 57.0 innings pitched...is the cousin of Nationals farmhand Darrell Rasner, also a right-handed pitcher.
Bradley Barragar, RHP: Was club's 8th round selection/249th overall out of Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California...battled injuries to appear in only 7 games as a redshirt freshman in 2005, going 1-1, 4.15 (6 ER/13.0 IP) with 14 strikeouts...held opposing batters to a .149 batting average...a 2003 graduate of Upland High School in Alta Loma, CA, Barragar redshirted in 2004 at Cal State Northridge before transferring to Golden West.
Ronnie Anderson, OF: Was club's 9th round selection/279th overall out of Blanche Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida...the 5-11, 162 pound outfielder signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of South Florida...was a 2-time all-state defensive back, leading Armwood to back-to-back state titles in 2003 and 2004.
Matthew Nevarez, RHP: Was club's 10th round selection/309th overall out of San Fernando High School in San Fernando, California...appeared in 9 games for San Fernando in 2005, going 3-2, 3.21 (10 ER/28.0 IP) with 36 strikeouts in 9 appearances...earned first-team all-league honors while leading San Fernando to a 17-11 record and playoff berth.
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