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06/08/05 9:20 PM ET

Rangers feel good about Draft

Club's aggressive approach pays off with picks

ARLINGTON -- For all of their hard work leading up to and during the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, the Rangers' approach was really quite simple.

"We are going to take the best player or pitcher that is there," Rangers director of player personnel Dom Chiti said. "We are going to continue to draft prospects and players with upside as long and as deep in the draft as we can get them."

The best on Tuesday for Texas was John Mayberry, a junior first baseman from Stanford, who was drafted as a right fielder with the club's first pick, the 19th selection overall.

The power-hitting first baseman hit .303 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs in 59 games for the Cardinal this season. He had 18 doubles and has been successful on five of seven stolen-base attempts.

For his three-year career at Stanford, Mayberry boasted a .312 average with 28 home runs and 148 RBIs in 172 games. He has 35 career doubles, eight triples and a slugging percentage of .520.

The Rangers selected a total of 50 players in the two-day draft, a list that included 26 pitchers, 10 outfielders, eight infielders and six catchers. Of the 50 selections, 33 were from four-year universities and junior colleges with 17 were drafted out of high school.

Eleven of the first 18 players are 6-foot-3 or taller. Mayberry and right-handed pitcher Dexter Carter (12th round) are listed at 6-foot-6.

"We look at size and we try to take all aspects of a player in, but you look at the players in the big leagues, most of them are pretty big guys, especially when you start talking about corner players and bats," Chiti said. "Look at the pitchers, a lot of them are 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4, with some upside to them."

Among the selections on the first day were Taylor Teagarden (third round selection out of the University of Texas, a catcher who is from Dallas, and sixth-round pick German Duran, an infielder from Fort Worth. In all, the Rangers selected five players from Texas in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

"We don't want to get our pockets picked in our own backyard," Chiti said. "We did our work here and we got a good sample of the players we like."

Said Hopkins: "We targeted prospects from top to bottom, maybe taking more risks than taking the safe picks, but certainly picks that can achieve more. We are very happy with today."

Following is a list of selections, their background, and a brief comment from Hopkins.

1. John Mayberry, OF, Stanford University: Career .312 hitter with 28 home runs and 148 RBIs in three years at Stanford. Mayberry was rated as the best college athlete by Baseball America. Originally selected in the first round of the 2002 draft by Seattle.

"If the best guy would have been a pitcher at No. 19, we would have taken a pitcher. We felt comfortable with this player and we felt comfortable with the power and athleticism."

2. John Whittleman, 3B, Kingwood HS: Batted .396 with 13 home runs, 27 RBIs and 12 stolen bases this season. Also a two-year starter at quarterback.

"We like his bat. He's a good looking young hitter."

3. Taylor Teagarden, C, University of Texas: A finalist for the Johnny Bench Award (Best college catcher), Teagarden is hitting .345 with six home runs and 31 RBIs this season. Played on the 2004 USA national team.

"He's a good catch-and-throw guy. A leader. He's a quality kid and a quality player."

4. Shane Funk, RHP, Arnold HS: A participant in the 2002 and 2003 USA Baseball Olympic Trials, Funk received recognition as an AFLAC High School All-American in 2004 for his 1.44 ERA and 115 strikeouts.

"He's a big strong guy with a good arm and some sink on his fastball. He's a large man."

5. Michael Kirkman, LHP, Columbia HS: Has a 7-3 record with a 1.43 ERA and 124 strikeouts, including two 18-strikeout performances, in 2005. Kirkman held opponents to a .173 batting average.

"He's a left-hander who is like Funk. He's big with a 90 mph fastball."

6. German Duran, 2B, Weatherford College: Hit .357 with a school record 13 home runs and 39 RBIs in 2005. Transferred from Texas Christian University where he received Freshman All-American honors for hitting .330 with five home runs and 27 RBIs.

"Strong guy with bat speed."

7. Jacob Rasner, RHP, Wooster HS: Recorded 61 strikeouts in 57 innings and received All-Sierra League honors in 2004.

"He's another big pitcher with a good arm. He is up to 92 mph."

8. Bradley Barragar, RHP, Golden West College: Recorded a 1-1 record with a 4.15 ERA while holding opponents to a .149 batting average in seven games as a redshirt freshman.

"He's a big strong pitcher who has been up to 93 or 94 mph."

9. Ronnie Anderson, OF, Blanche Armwood HS: A two-time all-state defensive back, Anderson signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of South Florida.

"He is a speedster who can really run. He is an athlete with tremendous speed."

10. Matthew Nevarez, RHP, San Fernando HS: Recorded a 3-2 record with a 3.21 ERA and 36 strikeouts in nine appearances.

"Big pitcher with a good arm, 90-plus arm."

11. Nathan Fogle, RHP, Oregon State University: "Closer for Oregon State. He has a lower slot and a lot of sink on his fastball."

12. Dexter Carter, RHP, Greenbrier Christian Academy: "He is a kid with big upside. Right-handed pitcher who is big."

13. Douglas Mathis, RHP, University of Missouri-Columbia: "A college pitcher who can pitch. Best way to describe him is that he can pitch."

14. Steven Murphy, OF, Kansas State University: "A power-hitting outfielder. A left-handed bat."

15. Kea Kometani, RHP, Pepperdine University: "He's a fastball-split guy who can pitch."

16. Jesse Hall, LHP, Yavapai College: "A left-hander with a loose arm and a good curveball."

17. Christopher Dominguez, 3B, Gulliver Preparatory: "He has tools and he's a real large man. He's as big as Mayberry."

18. Robert Fontaine, SS, Daytona Beach CC: "He has tools and some good skills for a shortstop."

19 Brian Valichka, C, University of Delaware
20 Joseph Hooft, 2B, Arizona State University
21 Brandon James, RHP, Carlisle HS
22 Jarrod Dumont, RHP, Riverside CC
23 Steven Marquardt, 3B, Columbia Basin CC
24 Zach Borba, CF, Columbia Basin CC
25 Brian Spielman, RHP, Bradley University
26 Benjamin Crabtree, C, Ohio University
27 Jon Wilson, THP, Winthrop University
28 Sergio Morales, CF, Hollywood Hills HS<
29 Matthew Hawke, 1B, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
30 Truan Mehl, OF, University of Maryland
31 Austin Faught, LHP, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
32 Renny Osuna, SS, New Mexico JC
33 Kevin Gossage, C, Coronado HS
34 Steven Hunt, RHP, Ramapo HS
35 Christopher Hicks, RHP, Milton HS
36 Steven Farris, RHP, Langham Creek Senior HS
37 Timothy Rodriguez, CF, Centennial HS
38 Jeffrey Murphy, RHP, Yavapai College
39 David Makin, RHP, Monte Vista HS
40 Thomas Van Buskirk, RHP, Santa Clara University
41 Warren Rosebrock, RHP, Sacramento State University
42 Travis Hill, RHP, Seminole State College
43 Shawn Keil, OF, Seminole HS
44 Roberto Valiente, CF, University of Tampa
45 Frank Lonigro, C, Fullerton College
46 Thomas Berkery, C, Mississippi State University
47 Marc Nobriga, RHP, Hartnell College
48 Broc Coffman, LHP, Lower Columbia College
49 Glenn Swanson, LHP, University of California-Irvine
50 Joe Napoli, OF, Bradley University

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.