The MLB First Year Player Draft concludes today and the Texas Rangers hope to continue their trend of best player available sectioning. The Rangers started their 2014 Draft by picking Luis Ortiz in the first round followed by Ti’Quan Forbes in the second round.
Ortiz, rated by many as a mid-first rounder, fell to the Rangers at 30. The 6’3” right hander from California has made a name for himself pitching in the mid-90s with potential to add more. He mixes in a slider and changeup and isn’t afraid to use them in critical situations. He has great location and a strong command.
Prior to the draft, Director of Amateur Scouting Kip Fagg had this to say,
I think we’re going to be put in a good position to make a very good selection.
Ortiz proved him right. He is a very signable player eager to begin his career. The Rangers are a little hampered by what they can spend but it shouldn’t stand in the way of striking a deal.
2ndround pick, Ti’Quan Forbes, is seen as another bargain that fell into the Rangers’ laps. The 17 year old SS/RHP from Mississippi projects as a high-potential SS or 3B at the next level. He needs to add weight but his frame suggests he could do so without impacting his blazing speed.
The draft runs 40 rounds over a 3 day period. Check out the last day of the draft on MLB.com
Last Day of Draft
Saturday June 7th
Live Stream at MLB.com