Ferguson pitched at Vanderbilt… 93-96 good slider…. Had command control issues….another high risk guy….
Four college pitchers. Could be a cheap sign
Rangers went to their favorite state and drafted high school outfielder Chad Smith from Georgia. Has some potential. Rangers love Georgia
PItcher from University Houston…coming back from shoulder problems…. Another high risk, high reward pick
The Rangers take a pitcher who has had Tommy John surgery and back trouble but high talent…. He is from Duke University…. Gamble but high reward.. His back trouble is similar to Matt Harrison
FROM THHE RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER…
It’s not the arm surgery that has scouts spooked – Tommy John surgery is common among young top pitchers – it’s Matuella’s back. He was diagnosed with spondylolysis, a manageable condition that involves a defect in the connection between vertebrae. There is disagreement among baseball people as to how serious of a concern his back is, but it’s notable enough that analysts don’t expect him to be treated as favorably as other pitchers who have recently been drafted after Tommy John surgery: Jeff Hoffman, out of East Carolina, still went No. 9 overall last year to the Toronto Blue Jays, and UNLV’s Erick Fedde went 18th to the Washington Nationals. Hoffman already is back and throwing 99 mph in the Jays’ system.
“Even if you put the back pain aside, the scouting industry really needs to have a comfort level with anybody, even if they’re healthy. It’s such a crapshoot,” MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said. “You add in elbow surgery, which most people now feel comfortable that a guy is going to come back from, with the fact of, ‘well, who is he?’ He has never thrown more than 60 innings. He didn’t pitch in the Cape or for USA Baseball or anything like that. There have not been enough looks at who he is regularly to feel that that is who he can be once he’s healthy. That’s probably, more than anything, what is keeping his draft stock down.
“You roll the dice and draft Michael Matuella, you’re hoping that he’s the guy who showed up in glimpses last year,” Mayo added. “That’s a large caveat when you’re talking about a first-round pick.”
Rangers take Eric Jenkins, high school outfielder with great speed. True center fielder with some power
Rangers have taken Dillon Tate, RHP from UC Santa Barbara… Michael Young’s school.
Dillon Tate was 8-5 with a 2.26 ERA, 111 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched.
He could be a better fit in the bullpen than in the rotation.
Neftali Feliz begins a medical rehab assignment for Triple A Round Rock on Saturday night. It could be an extended stay. Feliz was placed on the disabled list with an abscess and the problem has subsided. But the Rangers want Feliz to have multiple outings and get back to peak performance. The Rangers have made some adjustments in Feliz’s setup and delivery and they want him to work on that.