The Rangers took outfielder Ryan Cordell with the 340th overall selection in the 11th round to start Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft.
Cordell attended LIberty University and listed at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. He hit .261, 68-of-261, in 65 games his junior season with six home runs and 40 RBIs. He had a .310 on base percentage and stole 28 bases. He had a .984 fielding percentage with three errors and two assists.
He’s the first outfielder selected by the Rangers in the draft.
The Rangers wrapped up Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft taking Oregon right-handed pitcher Cole Wiper with the 310th overall selection in the 10th round.
The redshirt freshman went 2-1 in seven apperances (three starts) with a 7.11 ERA. He had a .388 opposing batting average and allowed 19 hits in 12 2/3 innings pitched.
Wiper was named All-Kingco as a pitcher and third baseman at Newport High in Bellevue, Wash. his senior season. He was drafted in the 14th round by the Blue Jays in 2011.
After two days, the Rangers have taken seven pitchers, all right-handed, out of 11 picks.
The Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Jose Samayoa with the 280th overall selection in the ninth round.
Samayoa is listed at six feet, 205 pounds. He attended Lee University in Tennessee. The senior went 10-1 in 16 apperances (15 starts) with a 1.73 ERA. He allowed 47 hits in 78 innings pitched, just two were home runs and eight were doubles. He had 83 strikeouts and 19 walks. He had a .173 opposing batting average and had one complete game shutout this season.
He’s the sixth pitcher taken by the Rangers in Day 2, all are right-handed.
The Rangers selected College of Southern Nevada second baseman Evan Van Hoosier with the 250th overall selection in the eighth round.
Van Hoosier hit .369, 65-for-176, in 52 games with five home runs and 33 RBIs this season. He had a .454 on base percentage and had a .608 slugging percentage.
He committed a team-high 16 errors. His .923 fielding percentage was the lowest on the team.
Van Hoosier is the first second baseman and the third middle infielder selected by the Rangers.
The Rangers took right-handed pitcher Nick Gardewine with the 220th overall selection in the seventh round.
Gardewine went to Kaskaskia Community College in Illinois. He went 9-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 starts this season. He had four complete games and three shutouts, including a no-hitter in his third collegiate start.
The freshman is listed at 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds, the lightest out of the five pitchers the Rangers have drafted so far.
The Rangers picked right-handed pitcher Sam Wolff from the University of New Mexico.
The senior is listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. He went 7-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 starts this season. It’s the third time he’s been drafted. He was selected by the Angels in the 42nd round in 2009 and by the Red Sox in the 47nd round in 2011.
The Rangers have selected four pitchers, all right-handed, with their first seven picks.
The Ranger selected The Citadel catcher Joe Jackson with the 160th overall selection in the fifth round.
His great-great-great uncle is former Chicago White Sox outfielder “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. Jackson is listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. The junior hit .279, 64-for-229, in 58 games this season with a home run and 26 RBIs.
Jackson made the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team in 2011. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 50th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.