Purke in town for physical

Left-handed pitcher Matthew Purke, the Rangers first pick [14th overall] out of Houston Klein High, is in town to have his physical but his signing is not imminent. The Rangers wanted him to get the physical out of the way because Monday is the signing deadline and the negotiations could go right down to the final hour

As far as the negotiations, general manager Jon Daniels said, “They are where you would expect them to be. We still have a gap, a divide, to bridge. That’s not unusual three days before the deadline. They have been amicable discussions.

“He agreed to submit to the physical and get that completed just to get it behind us so we can focus on negotiations. We don’t want any hurdles if we negotiate late.”

Both Blake Beavan, the Rangers No. 1 pick in 2007, and Justin Smoak from last season signed on the deadline day. If Purke doesn’t sign by Monday, he will attend TCU.

The Rangers are still talking with Tanner Scheppers, the right-handed pitcher who they took with the 44th overall pick and they had scouts watch him throw on Friday. But they do not have the same deadline as with Purke because he pitched professionally in an independent league this summer.

The Rangers would like to get him signed before Instructional League begins in September but have until next May. Scheppers has also thrown for Japanese scouts as well.


The Rangers have announced the signing for left-handed pitcher Chad Bell (14th round), right-handed pitcher Shawn Blackwell (24th) and outfielder Riley Cooper, their 25th round pick from the Universitty of Florida who will play his senior season as a wide receiver for the Gators and then join the Rangers.  

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