Draft day. 31 comments


Derek Holland is the Rangers best pitcher drafted in the Jon Daniels era, having thrown a masterpiece in Game 4 of the 2011 Words Series.

 

Today is Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. For many young men, it’s the day their dreams come true. For a few franchises, it’s the day their fortunes turn.

The Rangers are smack dab in the middle of the drafting order, getting the fifteenth pick in the first round.

Here is the complete draft order.

For the Rangers in the Jon Daniels era, the draft has been a teenage wasteland when it comes to pitching.

From 2006 to 2014, Daniels drafted 253 pitchers. Only two are currently on the Rangers, both relief pitchers: Alex Claudio and Keona Kela. Only one had an impactful career as a Rangers starter: Derek Holland. Three have had good careers, so far, with other teams: Tanner Roarke, Drew Palmeranz, and Kyle Hendricks.

Drafting baseball players is a very inexact science. So few players drafted make it to the major leagues, and of those a fraction make an impact. Drafting pitching is even harder.

But it’s safe to say, Daniels has had a combination of bad luck and bad eyesight in drafting pitching.

Which is why the system has always been devoid of arms and why he constantly has to trade for or pay heavily for pitching. He hasn’t been able to develop it himself.

Here is an accounting of pitching draft picks since Jon Daniel took over as general manager: The year of the draft, the number of pitchers drafted, how many of those made it to MLB, and the players who made it.

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NO GAME TODAY.

  • JacobMcCandles

    As Scary always said..Draft beer not people.

    My suggestion would be draft pitching,pitching…..and then more pitching

    • elkaba

      What’s the point of drafting pitching if we can’t develop it? I’d say the better strategy is to draft the best players available and trade for young pitching once it’s been though someone else’s finishing school. Either that or hire a new pitching coach and re-staff at every level. It’s either that or figure out the teams that excel at pitcher development, figure out what they need most in other areas and draft the best of those. Then pray you can make a swap.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Just cuz you don’t have a steak knife, doesn’t mean you can’t order steak…don’t order just salad…get a steak knife.

        • elkaba

          LOL, so is this Fagg’s last stand?

          • JacobMcCandles

            JD won’t fire himself..lo

    • WhoKnowscs

      But what about a Draft beer Pitcher? -)

  • JacobMcCandles

    Pudges kid won his first start…Seattle took over first place from Houston

  • WhoKnowscs

    They really cleared the schedule today. Only 5 games today. And 2 of those are a double header games postponed in April. (And the Yankees had another game postponed yesterday..

  • GoRangers23

    No game. Bummer!

    • JacobMcCandles

      Won’t lose

  • WhoKnowscs
  • JacobMcCandles

    Just my opinion, but TX has drafted to many HS players since JD has been here

  • JacobMcCandles

    Speaking to a topic the other day…here is another example of MLB not knowing how to promote their product….the draft. At one time it was major crap shoot….but the first round is pretty solid with the research evolving so much…..granted the BB draft will never be as exciting as NFL or even the NBA but it should be promoted better….MLB desperately needs guys like Jerry Jones or even Mark Cuban

    • WhoKnowscs

      The problem with the MLB draft is drafting someone in 2018 for 2020 at the earliest(and probably 2022 before they are really ready is just plain meh. Why should I care when at least half of the people you draft will never make it to the majors and half of the ones that do won’t do it for you team. Why should I care about who they draft now. Looking at the list Kevin compiled above and seeing absolutely no pitcher drafter after 2013 has made a major league debut is quite telling.

      Not to mention looking at JD’s draft picks in total doesn’t leave any joy do think about.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Now Google the last 5-7 drafts, you will be surprised at how the pks have improved

        • WhoKnowscs

          And how many of the players the Rangers have drafted have panned out yet with the Rangers?

          Bubba Thompson – no major league debut yet
          Tate – traded for 2 months of Beltran, pitching pretty well in the minors but not with the Rangers.

          • JacobMcCandles

            That’s TX not other teams

          • WhoKnowscs

            Okay . . . so other teams get the good draft picks that work out. Sounds awesome when the Rangers are wallowing in mediocrity with a poor outlook for the next 4-5 years.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well you are missing the point but yes the Rangers have drafted bad

  • JacobMcCandles

    Lot of good pitchers dropping JD

  • JacobMcCandles

    Dang Gilbert was a guy I liked….Ms take him right ahead of us

  • JacobMcCandles

    Take Brady Singer please

  • JacobMcCandles

    JD never learns…another HS player….good grief

    • WhoKnowscs

      And the first thing they say is he’s committed to play at _______ college.

    • dearmidol

      What are you talking about? He has a great track record.

      • JacobMcCandles

        But he is 4 yrs away if he makes it…and drafting based on results of HS competition…..not a recipe for success mostly

  • WhoKnowscs

    And there went Singer.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep

  • WhoKnowscs

    Rangers next pick at 55.

  • WhoKnowscs

    The “Best Available” is named Cole. It’d be hilarious if he can survive another 12 and be the Rangers 2nd pick . . . which would make for Cole and Cole as the Rangers first 2 picks.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Not Cole but another High School pitcher.