Draft Day, Kinsler, Hamilton
Ian Kinsler continues to lead the voting at second base for the American League starting lineup for next month’s All-Star Game.
Kinsler has 1,173,494 votes while Dustin Pedroia has 923,416 in the balloting at second base according to the latest voting update released Wednesday. Josh Hamilton is still second among outfielders by a comfortable margin. He, of course, is not going to the All-STar Game.
By the way, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is second among catchers although has no chance of catching Joe Mauer. Michael Young is third at third base. He has slipped behind Alex Rodriguez.
The Rangers have the 14th overall pick in the draft tonight. Here is what we know:
* Nolan Ryan said he expects it to be a pitcher. He said the Rangers are down to about “four names.”
* Shelby Miller and Matt Purke, the two Texas high school pitchers, are among those names.
* Jon Daniels said the Rangers will take the best player available.
* Jonathan Mayo, the MLB.Com draft expert, says it will be Miller. It’s a good bet the Rangers will take Miller if he’s available. Couple independent league pitchers to watch: Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers.