Drafted 53rd overall in the first compensation round of the 2012 MLB draft, the Rangers selected Collin Wiles with the pick they received from Toronto after the Blue Jays signed free-agent Darren Oliver.
Wiles, a right-handed pitcher from Blue Valley High School in Kansas, was a surprise on both fronts. Collin told the Star Telegram that he was surprised at the pick and so were most fans. He was the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in his state, but wasn't even a Top 200 pick according to Baseball America. Keith Law of ESPN also did not include him on any lists. His commitment to play for Vanderbilt next year is likely to be broken as he is expected to sign with the team.
He went 8-0 this year for the BVHS Jaguars and posted a gaudy 0.10 earned run average. His 76 strikeouts in 49.1 innings averages out to a K/9 ratio of nearly 14. Scouting reports say that his fastball peaks at 93 miles per hour.
I expect him to be a late developing prospect much like Derek Holland. He will need to improve on secondary pitches, more specifically his curve ball and slider, in order to be a contender. A young athlete at his age should expect some physical projection, which will play a big role in how he develops in the Rangers' farm system.
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