06/09/07 12:30 AM ET
Rangers don't veer from plan on Day 2
Club takes chances on players who may be tough to sign
By Drew Davison / MLB.com
It was an even mix of college and high school players the Rangers wanted."Some teams like to select just college or just high school," Hopkins said. "But why limit yourself? We've always thought going one way or the other took half of the field out." Hopkins particularly liked the first pick of the second day, sixth-round selection Robert Wilkins. The 17-year-old is a right-handed high school pitcher from California. Hopkins said Wilkins can already spin the ball effectively and has potential to be a pretty good pitcher.
|17||Beavan, Blake||Irving HS||RHP|
|24||Main, Michael||Deland HS||RHP|
|35||Borbon, Julio||U Tennessee||CF|
|44||Ramirez, Neil||Kempsville HS||RHP|
|54||Hunter, Raymond||U Alabama Tuscaloosa||RHP|
|80||West, Matthew||Bellaire HS||SS|
|110||Reed, Evan||Cal Poly San Luis Obispo||RHP|
|140||Nash, Garrett||Jordan HS||CF|
|170||Gast, John||Lake Brantley HS||LHP|
The Rangers used six of their nine picks for pitchers on the first day, and 23 of their 43 picks on Day 2.Daniels said he would like the nucleus of this Draft to be brought up through the Minor League system together. He mentioned this year's Class A Clinton as an example of the benefit from having players stay and play together. Daniels implemented a Draft plan to tab players who "play the game the right way," on top of natural athleticism and talent. "We didn't want to limit our scouts," Daniels said. "We didn't take many calculated picks." The Rangers took Benjamin Petralli in the 47th round. He is the son of former Ranger catcher Geno Petralli. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Benjamin is a switch-hitting catcher from Sacramento City College. "He's got catching and throwing skills," Hopkins said. "He's also from one of the top junior college programs."
Petralli was the sixth Texan-born player the Rangers drafted. On Day 1, they used their first pick, 17th overall, on right-hander Blake Beavan from nearby Irving, Texas.Daniels said the Rangers "accomplished their goals" the past two days in the Draft.
Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.