6/8/2013 4:15 P.M. ET
Rangers select Cordell in the 11th round
By Master Tesfatsion / MLB.com
The Rangers selected outfielder Ryan Cordell in the 11th round with the 340th overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Coming out of high school in 2010, Cordell was prepared to go to junior college for a year, with the intention to transfer to Liberty until a scholarship opened up late in the spring. He has improved dramatically since then, emerging as a true prospect.
Cordell's 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame -- combined with his plus speed -- presents scouts with an attractive package of raw tools with plenty of upside.
His swing can get long and he is more of a line-drive hitter now, but he has the potential to develop average pop. Cordell covers ground well in the outfield and he has an average arm.
Southpaw Thompson picked in 12th round
The Rangers took left-handed pitcher Derek Thompson with the 370th overall selection in the 12th round.
Thompson is the first left-handed pitcher selected by the Rangers in the Draft. He's listed at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds. He attended John A. Logan College in Illinois.
Thompson went 8-3 with a 2.37 ERA in 13 starts. Three of his four complete games were shutouts. He struck out 118, with 12.16 strikeouts per game, and allowed 30 walks.
Rangers choose Olmstead in 13th round
The Rangers took outfielder Taylor Olmstead with the 400th overall selection in the 13th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Olmstead attended Greenwich High in Connecticut. According to Maxpreps, Olmstead hit .338 in 24 games with a .402 on-base percentage. Olmstead is listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and plays right field.
Olmstead also played football in high school as a safety and tight end. He's committed to play baseball at UConn.
Texas takes pitcher Smith in 14th round
The Rangers picked right-handed pitcher Jarred Smith from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota with the 430th overall selection in the 14th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Smith is listed at 6 foot, 190 pounds. He went 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 17 appearances. He allowed four runs on 11 hits in 21 innings pitched. He had 23 strikeouts, averaging 9.86 a game, with seven walks and a save.
Smith mainly played shortstop, hitting .315 (69-for-219) in 56 games with three home runs, 37 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Rangers tab lefty Ege in 15th round
The Rangers selected University of Louisville left-handed pitcher Cody Ege with pick No. 460 in the 15th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The junior is listed at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. He went 4-1 with a 1.26 ERA in 34 appearances. He allowed four runs on nine hits in 28 2/3 innings pitched. He had 44 strikeouts, seven walks and a .102 opponents' batting average.
Ege was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 40 appearances his first two seasons at Louisville. He had a .290 opponents' batting average during that span.
Texas grabs another Ledbetter in 19th round
The Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Ryan Ledbetter in the 19th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The club took his brother, David, in the third round on Day 2 of the Draft on Friday. Both attended Cedarville University in Ohio.
Ryan went 6-3 with a 3.05 ERA in 13 appearances (nine starts) during his junior season. He allowed 24 runs (19 earned) on 54 hits in 56 innings pitched. He had 59 strikeouts, 28 walks and a .257 opponents' batting average.
Rangers choose local product in 38th round
The Rangers took a local prep product with one of their last picks in the Draft.
The club took shortstop Sheldon Neuse in the 38th round out of Fossil Ridge High in Fort Worth, Texas. He played on Team USA's 16-and-under National Team in 2010. He's committed to the University of Oklahoma.
"We know the kid well," Rangers' director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg said. "He's a very good player and a very good kid. …We'll see what happens moving forward, but we sure like him as a person and as a player."
In the Pipeline
The Rangers have drafted heavy on position players the last few years, but they've stocked up on arms this year. MLB.com has nine pitchers in the Rangers' top 20 prospects, including Martin Perez, Justin Grimm and Nick Tepesch.
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.