Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Texas Rangers feelin' Bulldog Bred

The Texas Rangers just got quite a number of Fresno State fans in their corner. In the compensation round of the MLB Draft, with the 44th pick overall, the Rangers selected former Fresno State pitcher Tanner Scheppers.

Then, in the second round, 62nd overall pick, the Rangers added Fresno State third baseman Tommy Mendonca.

The Scheppers pick is an absolute steal. Draft prognosticators had him going as high as fifth overall, and he was arguably one of the top two pitchers in the draft along with San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg. But Scheppers' shoulder injury from a year ago and signability questions might have scared teams off so much that the Rangers got a potential top of the rotation arm with their 44th pick.

Mendonca was passed up for two high school third basemen earlier in the draft, but is far more ready than any other third baseman in the country to jump up the ranks. Expect to see him in the majors before any others on the board.

1 comment:

  1. Alan Ahmady goes No. 339, 11th round, to the St. Louis Cardinals. That's probably all she wrote for Ahmady's career at Fresno State.

    It's sad to see it end for him the way it did -- with a suspension.


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