Rangers sign 18 draft picks

The Rangers announced today that they have reached agreements with 18 of the 43 players they selected in this year’s First-Year Player Draft, including every player they picked in Rounds 4-10.

Each of the first six players the Rangers selected remain unsigned, including first-round pick, Coral Springs High outfielder Lewis Brinson, who said he was close to reaching a deal with the team Monday. The other two players picked by the Rangers Monday, third baseman Joey Gallo and right-handed pitcher Colin Wiles, have also yet to reach an agreement with the Rangers, along with third-round selection, SUNY Stony Brook catcher Hunter Cantwell.

Polk State College right-handed pitcher Alec Asher and Dallas native, University of Texas-Arlington outfielder Preston Beck, were the two highest draft picks that have signed with the Rangers so far. Asher was taken in the 4th round while Beck was a 5th-round selection.

11th-round pick, pitcher Eric Brooks, along with outfielders Kwinton Smith (14th round) and Jameis Winston (15th round), were the only three players the Rangers picked on the second day of the draft that are currently unsigned. The Rangers signed nine of the 25 players they drafted on the third and final day of the draft, including 16th-round pick, second baseman Janluis Castro, and their 17th-round pick, catcher Charles Moorman.

-Christian Corona

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