Later rounds could feature future stars
Many current Rangers have been taken deeper in Draft
ARLINGTON -- Major League Baseball has completed two rounds in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. For the Rangers, the best could be yet to come.
Just a quick look at the Rangers' 25-man roster shows that a future Major League star can be drafted in just about every round. That includes the fifth round. The Rangers took both C.J. Wilson (2001) and Chris Davis (2006) in the fifth round. Michael Young was drafted in the fifth round by the Blue Jays back in 1997 out of the University of California Santa Barbara. He was later traded to the Rangers in 2000.Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler may go down as one of the greatest mid-to-late-round picks in Draft history. The Rangers took him in the 17th round in the 2003 Draft out of the University of Missouri. That's the same school where the Rangers found pitcher Doug Mathis in the 13th round in 2005. Kinsler was actually taken relatively quickly in 2003 compared to one of his teammates. The Rangers took Scott Feldman in the 30th round that year out of the College of San Mateo (Calif.). Derek Holland was a 25th-round pick in 2006 out of Wallace State CC in Alabama, but that was in the final year of the old "draft and follow." He signed right before the 2007 Draft when he would have been selected much higher than the 25th round. The Rangers estimate that he would have been taken in the fourth-seventh rounds. Probably the fifth. Other teams have had success in later rounds and the Rangers have benefited from their wisdom. Kevin Millwood was an 11th-round pick by the Braves in 1993 and Marlon Byrd was a 10th-round pick by the Phillies in 1999. Back in 1990, Eddie Guardado was a 21st-round Draft pick by the Minnesota Twins out of San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) Junior College. The Rangers had a shot at him, but took Tim Kubinski, a high school left-hander out of San Luis Obispo (Calif.) before Guardado in the 20th round. Presumably both had the same scouts looking at both of them. The Rangers didn't sign Kubinski and he was taken in the seventh round of the 1993 Draft out of UCLA by the Oakland Athletics. He is now working in the banking industry in his hometown of San Luis Obispo. Guardado is in his 17th Major League season. After 111 picks on Day 1 -- including Rounds 1, 2 and 3 and Compensation Rounds A and B, -- and rounds four through 30 on Wednesday, the Draft will conclude on Thursday with the 31st through 50th rounds, beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT.
MLB.com's coverage will include a live pick-by-pick audio stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
Fans will not only be able to follow along every minute of the way online, but they'll be able to interact directly with Draft-eligible players and MLB.com Draft experts, among others.
The Draft Tracker will also feature the addition of Twitter, and the participation of "tweeters" such as MLB.com Draft expert @JonathanMayoB3, who will also be serving as on-air talent for all three days of the Draft; and reporter @LisaWinstonMLB, who will be writing the up-to-the-minute coverage for MLB.com.
In addition, MLB.com has created a Twitter account devoted to the Draft, where you can stay updated on every piece of info as it becomes available (@MLBDraft).
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.