Texas Rangers MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2012 Picks
The Texas Rangers have been one of the most dangerous teams in baseball these past few seasons, so they will look to make that continue on with their selections in this year's MLB Draft.
The Rangers own three picks on the first day, two of which come as compensation from the departures of pitchers C.J. Wilson and Darren Oliver.
This is a team that should be looking to continue to build on their current platform, which could make them a perennial powerhouse for many years to come.
Follow along and checkout the Rangers 2012 MLB Draft selections.
R1;29: Of Lewis Brinson, Coral Springs H.S.
The Texas Rangers went for a consistent bat in the first round, selecting Lewis Brinson with the 29th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Brinson is a high school outfielder, so it will remain to be seen still if he will opt for the minors or college. He could be a solid outfielder, given his speed and size.
As per Bleacher Report's MLB Prospect Lead Blogger Mike Rosenbaum:
Brinson has outstanding speed that gives him plus range in center field in all directions. His reads and jumps could use some work, but that’s something he’ll learn with experience at a more advanced level. His arm is his weakest defensive tool, grading out as only average, but it plays well enough to stick in center field.
Brinson batted nearly .400 this last season, but he didn't have much in terms of power. If he can have a consistent bat though, the guy could be a serious asset in the leadoff spot down the road.
Round 1S;39: Joey Gallo, 3B/RHP, Bishop Gorman HS (Nev.)
The Texas Rangers continue to add power to their lineup, selecting third baseman/pitcher Joey Gallo in the supplemental portion of the first round.
Gallo is known for his big bat, as per Bleacher Reports Mike Rosenbaum:
Without a doubt, the left-handed hitter possesses the most power of anyone in the 2012 draft class. However, like most young power hitters, Gallo’s swing can get long at times and he lands hard on the front side, causing him to struggle with quality off-speed offerings. Defensively, Gallo has showcased a low- to mid-90s arm across the infield, and he moves surprisingly well for his size.
It will be interesting to see where the Rangers decide to use him once he finally comes around, but given his power at the plate, it would be hard to imagine them thinking about keeping him in the dugout during at bats.
Round 1S;53: Collin Wyle, RHP, Blue Valley Spring HS (Kan.)
The Texas Rangers finished off the first day selecting a young right handed pitcher in Collin Wyle.
Too be honest, there isn't a whole lot out there on this guy. We will keep looking and hopefully will have it updated ASAP.
Round 2; 83: CF Jamie Jarmon, Indian River HS
The Rangers selected another stud in the second round, taking Indian River High School stud Jamie Jarmon.
According to ESPN.com, Jarmon has already committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks, but nonetheless, this guy could be quite the impact player once he finally hits the big leagues.
Jarmon is actually a dual-star athlete, being quite the the Delaware football star.
It looks like baseball will be his sport, which is exciting news for the Rangers.
Round 2; 93: CF Nick Williams, Galveston Ball HS, TX
The Rangers selected their third outfielder of the draft in Texas high school star Nick Williams.
Williams has signed with Texas A&M, so it looks like the in-state star will be staying close to home for quite some time.
According to ESPN's Jason Churchill, Williams talented and extremely fast.
Williams is what one scout calls a "ridiculously gifted kid," possessing plus speed -- he's been time in the 6.4s in the 60-yard dash -- and has hit 90 mph off the mound. His athleticism and power lefty swing come from a 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame that may profile in center field, a la the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Bernie Williams and a young Andruw Jones. Williams has shown big power on pitches middle-in, and an improving ability to hit the ball hard to the opposite field.
Williams could probably still use the time to develop, but the Rangers may just have grabbed themselves another quick, gifted outfielder.
Round 3, 123: C Patrick Cantwell, SUNY Stony Brook
Round 4, 156: RHP Alec Asher, Polk State
Round 5, 186: OF Preston Beck, Texas
Round 6, 216: CF Royce Boliner, Gonzaga
Round 7, 246: 2B Cameron Schiller, Oral Roberts
Round 8, 276: RHP Cody Kendall, Fresno State
Round 9, 306: RHP John Niggli, Liberty University
Round 10, 336: RHP Joseph Shiver, Southern Polytechnic St.