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Rangers name another Narron
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06/04/2002 7:21 pm ET 
Rangers name another Narron
Manager's cousin chosen in Round 15
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com

Jerry Narron, shown here with Kenny Rogers, hopes to welcome his relative, Sam Narron, to the Rangers fold. (Tim Sharp/AP)

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The way Sam Narron answers with a prompt "yes, sir" and "no, sir" in that familiar southern drawl leaves little doubt that this kid belongs to that famous baseball playing family from Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Narron, a junior left-handed pitcher from East Carolina University, was drafted by the Rangers in the 15th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday and is the latest phenom in a long line of baseball players in the family.

After all, his father Richard "Rooster" Narron was an All-American at ECU, is in the Pirates Hall of Fame, and played professionally in the New York Mets organization. His grandfather and namesake, Sam Narron, combined to play 24 games with the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1935, 1942 and 1943 seasons.

And yes, he is related to Rangers manager Jerry Narron.

"A lot of people think he's my uncle, but he's not my dad's brother or anything like that," Narron said. "He's my cousin or second cousin. I think his dad and my grandfather were cousins. We're all Narrons, so that's all that matters. He keeps in touch with me when he gets a chance, but he's a busy man."

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The 20 year-old Narron, who stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 200 pounds, posted an 8-3 record with a 2.98 ERA in 2002 good enough for a second team All-Conference USA selection. He also ranks sixth on East Carolina University's career victories list with 26.

His play on the field is rivaled only by his success in the classroom. Narron has a 3.75 Grade Point Average as a biology major with a chemistry minor and was named East Carolina's Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Conference USA Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year.

He was named to the Verizon Academic All-America Baseball Second Team and works with children's hospital and ALS fundraisers in his spare time.

Narron, who found out about his selection by reading MLB.com's draft coverage, is 21 hours away from graduation. He said academics are a priority in the Narron family because "you can't play baseball forever."

"It's a great honor that's for sure. To get drafted is something special and not everyone can say that," he said. "I'm going to feel it out a little bit because I am very close to graduating and graduating is very important.

At the same time, since I am so close, it would not be hard to come back and get it done."

In the meantime, Narron said he's going to try to get things squared away. Looks like he's off to a good start.

RANGERS 2002 DRAFT PICKS
10 DREW E MEYER SS 2B U SOUTH CAROLINA
172 JOHN C BARNETT RHP FLORIDA SOUTHERN COL
202 ANDREW N TISDALE RHP CHAPMAN U
232 CHRISTOPHER S O'RIORDAN 2B STANFORD U
262 STEVEN HERCE RHP RICE U
292 NATHAN G GOLD 1B GONZAGA U
322 ENRIQUE J BENGOCHEA RHP U MIAMI
352 ERIK M THOMPSON RHP PENSACOLA JC
382 CHRISTOPHER W HAMBLEN C U CINCINNATI
412 CHARLES L BILEZIKJIAN OF ST JOHNS U
442 SAM NARRON LHP EAST CAROLINA U
472 JOSHUA D KREUZER 1B WEST VALLEY COL
502 CHRISTOPHER J WILSON 3B REDLANDS HS
532 CAMERON B COUGHLAN 2B BRIGHAM YOUNG U
562 JESUS M MALDONADO RHP MANUEL MEDIAVILLA NEGRON
592 KAMERON D LOE RHP CALIFORNIA ST U
622 JASON M MANN C CENTRAL ALABAMA CC
652 ROBERT E ANDREWS RF RANCHO BUENA VISTA HS
682 CRAIG D RINGE SS CENTRAL MISSOURI ST U
712 CHAD E DECKER LHP VALLEY VIEW HS
742 JOEL D KIRSTEN LHP PIERCE JC
772 JULIUS M SMITH LHP LEWISTON HS
802 JOHN F MCCARTHY CF ST. RITA HS
832 JACOB TOMPKINS RHP LOUISIANA ST U
862 NICHOLAS R SHIELDS C WRIGHT ST U
892 ROBERT P CORRADO RHP U KENTUCKY
922 MICHAEL P TAMULIONIS RHP ST JOHNS U
952 GARY R HOGAN RHP U ARKANSAS
982 LARRY GRAYSON CF MANATEE JC
1012 CHARLES A FLETCHER LF NORTH SPRINGS HS
1042 KENNETH R POKRYFKE LHP WILMOT HS
1072 FRANS E MEYER 3B NORTHRIDGE HS
1102 DION F MCDANIEL CF HALES FRANCISCAN HS
1132 ROBERT M WACHMAN RHP MIDDLE GEORGIA COL
1162 PAUL L SANDOVAL RHP 3B TRABUCO HILLS HS
1192 JARED R GASTON SS LF CLEVELAND HS
1222 ANDREW L MYETTE RHP KWANTELEN JC
1252 JESSE D CHAVEZ RHP RIVERSIDE CC
1281 RONALD R HARRIS C GEORGE WASHINGTON HS
1309 RYAN M MIESZALA LF RF GREENWAY HS
1336 THOMAS R ZIMMERMAN RHP WHITNALL HS
1363 JOSHUA M HERNANDEZ C 3B LOS LUNAS
1389 PAUL I OSEGUERA LHP LA COSTA CANYON HS
1415 STEVEN V FRIEND SS OF KISHWAUKEE COL
1441 BRAD N BURKHEAD RF NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI CC
1465 WILL G PETERSON CF LF VALDOSTA HS

Jesse Sanchez covers the Texas Rangers for MLB.com. He can be reached at jsanchez@texasrangers.com.This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.






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