Rangers pick LHP Sam Stafford in the 13th round
The Rangers selected University of Texas pitcher Sam Stafford with the No. 426 overall pick in the 13th round.
Stafford, who was picked in the second round of last year’s MLB Draft by the Yankees, did not sign because of his concerns about his shoulder. Stafford has season-ending shoulder surgery before the Longhorns’ season began and was lost for the season.
Stafford used a medical redshirt this season to preserve his last year of eligibility at Texas but sources close to the situation believe that Stafford will not return to play for the Longhorns as a fifth-year senior.
As a junior, Stafford went from middle reliever to the team’s No. 2 starter, behind only Taylor Jungmann, the Brewers’ first round selection (No. 12 overall) last year. Stafford went 6-2 with a 1.77 ERA, striking out 91 and walking 42 in 88 1/3 innings. He was 0-0 with a 2.61 in eight appearances, including seven starts, as a sophomore in 2010. Stafford posted a 10.12 ERA in three outings as a freshman.
The selection of Stafford marks the sixth straight pitcher taken by the Rangers, breaking a string of five consecutive right-handers. Stafford also became the 11th straight college player taken by the Rangers, who began this year’s draft by taking five high school players in a row.