6/7/2013 7:48 P.M. ET
Texas takes Wolff and his explosive fastball
By Master Tesfatsion / MLB.com
Sam Wolff has been drafted twice before, but he should sign this time around. Before he was taken with the 190th overall pick this year, the Angels took him in the 42nd round in 2009 and the Red Sox selected him in the 47th round in 2011. Although he is small for a right-hander, at 6-foot-1, he showed an explosive fastball in college that will sit in the mid 90s and has a good downward plane.
He also has good secondary offerings in his slider and changeup, but he has struggled with control, and it could be an issue for him moving forward.
The right-hander made 15 starts this year, going 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA over 85 2/3 innings. He walked 37 batters as well, against 68 strikeouts.
His father, Steve, played in Padres organization in the early 1980s.
Rangers take right turn on Day 2
The Rangers continued to stock up on pitchers in Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft.
They took five pitchers, all right-handed, with their eight picks Friday, starting the day by selecting David Ledbetter in the third round. He is the first player drafted from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, in 26 years. Ledbetter is listed at 6-foot and 190 pounds. He was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year this season as a junior. He went 6-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 14 appearances and made 13 starts.
"The strength of the Draft was right-handed pitching," amateur scouting director Kip Fagg said. "We went out and did our work on these guys. We identified guys we wanted to get and felt they were good fits for the Texas Rangers. Being the strength of the Draft, that's where you got to go."
The Rangers selected pitchers Sam Wolff and Nick Gardewine in the sixth and seventh rounds. Wolff attended the University of New Mexico, and he's listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. He went 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 starts this season. It's the third time he's been drafted. He was selected by the Angels in the 42nd round in 2009 and by the Red Sox in the 47nd round in 2011.
Gardewine went to Kaskaskia Community College in Illinois and listed at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds. He went 9-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 starts this season. Three out of his four shutouts were complete games, including a no-hitter in his third collegiate start.
"We like the athleticism," Fagg said of Gardewine. "We like the way the arm works. He's an upside guy for us and we expect big things from Nick."
The Rangers finished the day selecting Jose Samayoa and Cole Wiper in the ninth and 10th rounds. Samayoa is listed at 6-foot, 205 pounds. He attended Lee University in Tennessee. The senior went 10-1 in 16 appearances (15 starts) with a 1.73 ERA. He allowed 47 hits in 78 innings pitched, just two were home runs and eight were doubles. He had 83 strikeouts and 19 walks. He had a .173 opposing batting average and had one complete-game shutout this season.
Wiper is a redshirt freshman at Oregon. He went 2-1 in seven appearances (three starts) with a 7.11 ERA. He had a .388 opposing batting average and allowed 19 hits in 12 2/3 innings pitched. Wiper was named All-Kingco as a pitcher and third baseman at Newport High in Bellevue, Wash., his senior season. He was drafted in the 14th round by the Blue Jays in 2011.
"There's some left-handers still on the board, and hopefully we'll be a player there, but we as a group never go in thinking, 'Hey, we got to have a left-handed pitcher,'" Fagg said on the absence of a southpaw selected by the Rangers. "I think it has worked out in the past where we have taken them, but it just didn't work out for us in the first 10 [rounds] this year. We'll see what happens [Saturday]."
The Rangers used three picks on position players Friday, one involved The Citadel catcher Joe Jackson in the fifth round. His great-great-great uncle is former Chicago White Sox outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. Jackson is listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. The junior hit .279 (64-for-229) in 58 games this season, with a home run and 26 RBIs.
Jackson made the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team in 2011. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 50th round of the 2010 Draft.
"We really like the makeup of the kid, and we're really excited about him," Fagg said.
Rangers take Kiner-Falefa in fourth round
The Rangers selected prep shortstop Isaiah Kiner-Falefa with the 130th overall selection in the fourth round.
Kiner-Falefa, who went to Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii, is listed at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, and he's committed to playing for San Jose State. He was a First-Team All-Interscholastic League of Honolulu selection and batted .333 in 2012. He helped Mid-Pacific win the Division I state title this season.
Kiner-Falefa is the second shortstop selection for the Rangers, whose first five picks have been shortstops and pitchers.
Rangers draft scion of Shoeless Joe
The Rangers selected catcher Joe Jackson from The Citadel with the 160th overall selection in the fifth round.
Jackson, whose great-great-great uncle is former Chicago White Sox outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. The junior hit .279 in 58 games this season with a home run and 26 RBIs.
Jackson made the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team in 2011. He was drafted by the Royals in the 50th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Gardewine signed by Texas in seventh round
The Rangers took right-hander Nick Gardewine with the 220th overall selection in the seventh round.
Gardewine, who attended Kaskaskia Community College in Illinois, went 9-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 starts this season. He allowed 70 hits, but just three home runs and one double. He had 84 strikeouts and 24 walks in 85 innings.
Gardewine had four complete games (three of them shutouts), including a seven-inning no-hitter in his third collegiate start.
In eighth round, Rangers select Van Hoosier
The Rangers selected College of Southern Nevada second baseman Evan Van Hoosier with the 250th overall selection in the eighth round.
Van Hoosier, listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, hit .369 in 52 games with five home runs and 33 RBIs as a freshman this season. He had a .454 on-base percentage and a .608 slugging percentage, but he also committed a team-high 16 errors. His .923 fielding percentage was the lowest on the team.
Samayoa is Rangers' pick at No. 280
The Rangers selected right-hander Jose Samayoa with the 280th overall selection in the ninth round.
Samayoa is listed at six feet and 205 pounds, and he attended Lee University in Tennessee. The senior went 10-1 in 16 appearances (15 starts), with a 1.73 ERA. He allowed 47 hits in 78 innings; just two were home runs, and eight were doubles. He had 83 strikeouts, 19 walks, a .173 opposing batting average and one shutout this season.
In addition, Samayoa was an All-Southern States Athletic Conference first team selection this season.
Texas wraps up Day 2 with pick of Wiper
The Rangers wrapped up Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft taking Oregon right-hander Cole Wiper with the 310th overall selection in the 10th round.
The red-shirt freshman went 2-1 in seven appearances (three starts), with a 7.11 ERA. He had a .388 opposing batting average and allowed 19 hits in 12 2/3 innings.
Wiper was named All-KingCo as a pitcher and third baseman at Newport High in Bellevue, Wash, in his senior season. He was drafted in the 14th round by the Blue Jays in 2011.
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.