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Texas Rangers First Round Draft Picks

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The Texas Rangers first round draft picks include 73 players, with 40 being pitchers and 38 of those being drafted out of high school. The Rangers have selected 12 outfielders, six shortstops, four catchers, eight third basemen and two first basemen in the first round of the MLB draft. Of the pitchers taken, the Rangers have selected 29 right-handers and 11 left-handers.

The Rangers have drafted 34 college players and one independent league player with their first round selection, with the last college player being  in 2017. Texas has selected first overall twice, with the team picking Jeff Burroughs in 1969 and David Clyde in 1973.

YearPlayerPosSchoolPickSigning Bonus
1965Joe ColemanRHPNatick HS (MA)3
1966Tom GrieveOFPittsfield HS (MA)6
1967John JonesCLoretto HS (TN)5
1968Don CastleLHPColdwater HS (MS)8
1969Jeff BurroughsOFWilson Classical HS (CA)1
1970Charles Maxwell3BZane Trace HS (OH)14
1971Roger QuirogaRHPBall HS (TX)4
1972Roy Howell3BLompoc HS (CA)7
1973David ClydeLHPWestchester HS (TX)1
1974Tommy BoggsRHPLanier HS (TX)2
1975Jim GideonRHPUniversity of Texas17
1976Billy SimpsonOFLakewood HS (CA)12
1977David HibnerSSHowell HS (MI)9
1979Jerry Don GleatonLHPUniversity of Texas17
1980Tim MakiRHPCarroll HS (IN)14
1981Ron DarlingRHPYale University9
1981Al LachowiczRHPUniversity of Pittsburgh24
1983Jeff KunkelSSRider University3
1984Oddibe McDowellOFArizona State University12
1985Bobby WittRHPUniversity of Oklahoma3
1986Kevin BrownRHPGeorgia Tech4
1987Brian BohanonLHPNorth Shore HS (TX)19
1987Bill HaselmanCUCLA23
1987Mark PetkovsekRHPUniversity of Texas29
1988Monty FarissSSOklahoma State University6
1989Donald HarrisOFTexas Tech University5
1990Dan SmithLHPCreighton University16
1991Benji GilSSCastle Park HS (CA)19
1992Rick HellingRHPStanford University22
1993Mike Bell3BMoeller HS (OH)30
1995Jonathan JohnsonRHPFlorida State University7
1996R.A. DickeyRHPUniversity of Tennessee18
1996Sam MarsonekRHPJesuit HS (FL)24
1996Corey LeeLHPNorth Carolina State University32
1997Jason Romano3BHillsborough HS (FL)39
1998Carlos Pena1BNortheastern University10
1999Colby LewisRHPBakersfield College38
1999Mike HeadRHPSoddy Daisy HS (TN)47
2000Scott HeardCRancho Bernardo HS (CA)25
2000Tyrell GodwinOFUniversity of North Carolina35
2000Chad HawkinsRHPBaylor University39
2001Mark Teixeira3BGeorgia Tech5
2002Drew MeyerSSUniversity of South Carolina10
2003John DanksLHPRound Rock HS (TX)9
2004Thomas DiamondRHPUniversity of New Orleans10
2004Eric HurleyRHPSamuel W. Wolfson HS (FL)30
2005John Mayberry Jr.OFStanford University19
2006Kasey KikerLHPRussell County HS (AL)12
2007Blake BeavanRHPIrving HS (TX)17
2007Michael MainRHPDeLand HS (FL)24
2007Julio BorbonOFUniversity of Tennessee35
2007Neil RamirezRHPKempsville HS (VA)44
2007Tommy HunterRHPUniversity of Alabama54
2008Justin Smoak1BUniversity of South Carolina11
2009Matt PurkeLHPKlein HS (TX)14Did Not Sign
2009Tanner ScheppersRHPSt. Paul Saints44
2010Jake SkoleOFBlessed Trinity High School15
2010Kellin DeglanCR. E. Mountain Secondary School (BC)22
2010Luke JacksonRHPCalvary Christian HS (FL)45
2010Mike Olt3BUniversity of Connecticut49
2011Kevin MatthewsLHPRichmond Hill HS (GA)33
2011Zach ConeOFUniversity of Georgia37
2012Lewis BrinsonOFCoral Springs HS (FL)29
2012Joey Gallo3BBishop Gorman HS (NV)39
2012Collin WilesRHPBlue Valley West HS (KS)53
2013Alex GonzalezRHPOral Roberts23
2013Travis Demeritte3BWinder-Barrow HS (GA)30
2014Luis OrtizRHPSanger HS (CA)30
2015Dillon TateRHPUC Santa Barbara4
2016Cole RagansLHPNorth Florida Christian HS (FL)30
2017Bubba ThompsonOFMcGill–Toolen Catholic HS (AL)26$2,100,000
2017Christopher SeiseSSWest Orange HS (FL)29$2,000,000

Hall of Fame

None

World Series Winners with Rangers

None

AL MVP Award Winners with Rangers

Jeff Burroughs (1974)

AL Cy Young Award Winners with Rangers

None

Rookie of the Year Award with Rangers

None

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