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Songs: Ohia, "Farewell Transmission," from The Magnolia Electric Co., 2003

Posted by Lucas at 11:54 PM

August 07, 2014

Progression of Rangers 1st-round HS-drafted Pitchers

Here's every pitcher the Rangers have drafted out of high school in the first round (including supplementals). Two observations:

1) The Daniels regime (2006-present) has drafted more high-school pitchers in the first round than all other GMs combined in the previous 34 years.

2) Luis Ortiz is the first of this class to pitch outside of rookie/short-season leagues since David Clyde.

Year
Pick
Name
Draft Year
+1
+2
+3
+4
+5
+6
+7
MLB rWAR
2014
30
Luis Ortiz
low-A
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-
2012
53
Collin Wiles
rookie
short
low-A
?
?
?
?
?
-
2011
33
Kevin Matthews
short
low-A
injured
short
?
?
?
?
-
2010
45
Luke Jackson
---
low-A
high-A
AA
AAA
?
?
?
-
2009
14
Matt Purke
---
college
college
low-A
high-A
AA
?
?
-
2007
17
Blake Beavan
---
low-A
high-A
AAA
MLB
MLB
MLB
MLB
1.5
2007
24
Michael Main
short
low-A
high-A
AA
high-A
high-A
AA
---
-
2007
44
Neil Ramirez
---
short
low-A
low-A
AAA
AAA
AA
MLB
1.4
2006
12
Kasey Kiker
short
low-A
high-A
AA
AA
high-A
---
---
-
2004
30
Eric Hurley
short
low-A
high-A
AAA
MLB
---
---
AAA
0.1
2003
9
John Danks
short
high-A
AA
AAA
MLB
MLB
MLB
MLB
21.0
1999
47
David Mead
rookie
rookie
low-A
low-A
high-A
low-A
---
---
-
1996
24
Sam Marsonek
---
high-A
low-A
high-A
low-A
high-A
AA
AAA
0.1
1987
19
Brian Bohanon
rookie
high-A
AA
MLB
MLB
MLB
MLB
MLB
8.9
1980
14
Tim Maki
rookie
low-A
low-A
high-A
high-A
---
---
---
-
1974
2
Tommy Boggs
rookie
AA
MLB
MLB
MLB
MLB
MLB
MLB
2.4
1973
1
David Clyde
MLB
MLB
MLB
AAA
AAA
MLB
MLB
---
0.7

On twitter, I'd mistakenly said Chad Hawkins was the only pitcher other than Clyde to reach full-season ball. Others quickly pointed out that Hawkins was a Baylor alum. I then nearly tweeted that Sam Marsonek met the criterion, but I wisely double-checked and saw he didn't pitch at all during his draft year.

I was exhausted yesterday and knew -- knew -- that I shouldn't have been researching that project at that time, but I wanted something to publish before Ortiz's start in Hickory. And I made myself the fool.

On an unrelated note, raising a three-month-old is challenging.


Black Flag, "Nervous Breakdown," 1978

Posted by Lucas at 01:19 PM