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Texas Rangers First Round Draft Picks

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The Texas Rangers first round draft picks include 74 players, with 41 being pitchers and 39 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 30 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.

Year Player Pos School Pick Signing Bonus
1965 Joe Coleman RHP Natick HS (MA) 3
1966 Tom Grieve OF Pittsfield HS (MA) 6
1967 John Jones C Loretto HS (TN) 5
1968 Don Castle LHP Coldwater HS (MS) 8
1969 Jeff Burroughs OF Wilson Classical HS (CA) 1
1970 Charles Maxwell 3B Zane Trace HS (OH) 14
1971 Roger Quiroga RHP Ball HS (TX) 4
1972 Roy Howell 3B Lompoc HS (CA) 7
1973 David Clyde LHP Westchester HS (TX) 1
1974 Tommy Boggs RHP Lanier HS (TX) 2
1975 Jim Gideon RHP University of Texas 17
1976 Billy Simpson OF Lakewood HS (CA) 12
1977 David Hibner SS Howell HS (MI) 9
1979 Jerry Don Gleaton LHP University of Texas 17
1980 Tim Maki RHP Carroll HS (IN) 14
1981 Ron Darling RHP Yale University 9
1981 Al Lachowicz RHP University of Pittsburgh 24
1983 Jeff Kunkel SS Rider University 3
1984 Oddibe McDowell OF Arizona State University 12
1985 Bobby Witt RHP University of Oklahoma 3
1986 Kevin Brown RHP Georgia Tech 4
1987 Brian Bohanon LHP North Shore HS (TX) 19
1987 Bill Haselman C UCLA 23
1987 Mark Petkovsek RHP University of Texas 29
1988 Monty Fariss SS Oklahoma State University 6
1989 Donald Harris OF Texas Tech University 5
1990 Dan Smith LHP Creighton University 16
1991 Benji Gil SS Castle Park HS (CA) 19
1992 Rick Helling RHP Stanford University 22
1993 Mike Bell 3B Moeller HS (OH) 30
1995 Jonathan Johnson RHP Florida State University 7
1996 R.A. Dickey RHP University of Tennessee 18
1996 Sam Marsonek RHP Jesuit HS (FL) 24
1996 Corey Lee LHP North Carolina State University 32
1997 Jason Romano 3B Hillsborough HS (FL) 39
1998 Carlos Pena 1B Northeastern University 10
1999 Colby Lewis RHP Bakersfield College 38
1999 Mike Head RHP Soddy Daisy HS (TN) 47
2000 Scott Heard C Rancho Bernardo HS (CA) 25
2000 Tyrell Godwin OF University of North Carolina 35
2000 Chad Hawkins RHP Baylor University 39
2001 Mark Teixeira 3B Georgia Tech 5
2002 Drew Meyer SS University of South Carolina 10
2003 John Danks LHP Round Rock HS (TX) 9
2004 Thomas Diamond RHP University of New Orleans 10
2004 Eric Hurley RHP Samuel W. Wolfson HS (FL) 30
2005 John Mayberry Jr. OF Stanford University 19
2006 Kasey Kiker LHP Russell County HS (AL) 12
2007 Blake Beavan RHP Irving HS (TX) 17
2007 Michael Main RHP DeLand HS (FL) 24
2007 Julio Borbon OF University of Tennessee 35
2007 Neil Ramirez RHP Kempsville HS (VA) 44
2007 Tommy Hunter RHP University of Alabama 54
2008 Justin Smoak 1B University of South Carolina 11
2009 Matt Purke LHP Klein HS (TX) 14 Did Not Sign
2009 Tanner Scheppers RHP St. Paul Saints 44
2010 Jake Skole OF Blessed Trinity High School 15
2010 Kellin Deglan C R. E. Mountain Secondary School (BC) 22
2010 Luke Jackson RHP Calvary Christian HS (FL) 45
2010 Mike Olt 3B University of Connecticut 49
2011 Kevin Matthews LHP Richmond Hill HS (GA) 33
2011 Zach Cone OF University of Georgia 37
2012 Lewis Brinson OF Coral Springs HS (FL) 29
2012 Joey Gallo 3B Bishop Gorman HS (NV) 39
2012 Collin Wiles RHP Blue Valley West HS (KS) 53
2013 Alex Gonzalez RHP Oral Roberts 23
2013 Travis Demeritte 3B Winder-Barrow HS (GA) 30
2014 Luis Ortiz RHP Sanger HS (CA) 30
2015 Dillon Tate RHP UC Santa Barbara 4
2016 Cole Ragans LHP North Florida Christian HS (FL) 30
2017 Bubba Thompson OF McGill–Toolen Catholic HS (AL) 26 $2,100,000
2017 Christopher Seise SS West Orange HS (FL) 29 $2,000,000
2018 Cole Winn RHP Orange Lutheran HS (CA) 15 $3,150,000

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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