RANGERS MAKE EIGHT SELECTIONS ON DAY TWO OF 2016 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers selected eight players on Day Two of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Rounds three through 10 of the draft took place today. The rest of the draft, through round 40, will be completed on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. CDT.
Below is additional information on the club’s selections today through the 10th round. The club will send out a final list at the conclusion of the draft tomorrow.
In rounds 3-10, the Rangers selected eight players. The eight players include three right-handed pitchers, a left-handed pitcher, a shortstop, a thirdbaseman, a catcher, and an outfielder. Texas selected six college players and made two high school selections. The club also chose Quebec native Charles Leblanc in the 4th round, the first native of Quebec drafted by the Rangers since C/1B/OF Chris Unrat in the 15th round of the 1993 June draft out of Arkansas State University.
3B KOLE ENRIGHT (99th overall) – With the club’s first pick of the day, Texas chose Enright out of West Orange High School in Winter Gardens, Florida…the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Enright batted .417 (43-103) with 13 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs, 21 RBI, and 34 runs scored for West Orange…graduated from Legacy Charter High School, but played baseball at West Orange since Legacy did not have a baseball team…in addition to West Orange, Enright played for the Orlando Scorpions travel team…Enright carried a 4.63 weighted GPA and graduated from high school with 36 college credit hours through the Florida Dual Enrollment Program…he committed to Stetson University.
SS CHARLES LEBLANC (129th overall) – The Quebec native captured the Atlantic Coast Conference batting title this spring, hitting .409 with 45 runs scored and 46 RBI…his batting average was 13th-highest in the NCAA and the highest in the ACC since North Carolina’s Dustin Ackley batted .417 in 2009…he was a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, annually given to the top shortstop in the country, and garnered Midseason All-America recognition from Perfect Game…Leblanc was named first-team ACC, becoming the first Pittsburgh player to land on the ACC’s first team…he attended Georges-Vanier High School, but did not play baseball there…Leblanc represented the Ontario Blue Jays and the Canadian National Team during the summers of 2013 and 2014…won a bronze medal with the Canadian National Team at the 18U Pan American Championship in Summer 2014…was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 33rd round of the 2013 June draft.
LHP KYLE ROBERTS (159th overall) – The 6-foot-6, 210-pound left-hander went 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 10 games/8 starts for Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan…Roberts garnered All-MCCAA honorable mention honors in his only season at Henry Ford…was also a two-year letter winner at Allen Park (MI) High School, where he was named to the News Herald Downriver Dream Team (OF) for the 2012-13 season…has committed to continue his college career at Central Michigan University.
RHP KYLE CODY (189th overall) – The 22-year-old right-hander was 6-2 with a 3.35 ERA (31 ER/83.1 IP) and 75 strikeouts over 14 starts for the Wildcats this season…the 6-foot-6, 200-pound senior posted a 4-1 record with a 2.77 ERA in 10 starts vs. SEC opponents…he departs Lexington tied for the 11th-most strikeouts (205) in school history…Baseball America rated the right-hander as the 83rd-best prospect in the draft…Cody was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 2015 June draft and the Philadelphia Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2012 June draft.
C SAM HUFF (219th overall) – The 6-foot-4, 190-pound backstop batted .554 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI at Arcadia High School in Phoenix…the 18-year-old earned a spot on the Arizona Republic’s All-Arizona boys baseball team…he was named the 140th-best prospect in the draft by Baseball America…his father, Steve, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 7th round of the 1976 MLB January draft…Huff has committed to Grand Canyon University.
RHP TAI TIEDEMANN (249th overall) – The 20-year-old was a two-player at Long Beach City College, going 7-3 with a 2.59 ERA (23 ER/80.0 IP) and 62 strikeouts over 15 games/11 starts on the mound and batting .357 (56-157) with 3 doubles, 10 triples, and 28 RBI as an outfielder…the South Coast Conference selected the 6-foot-6, 195-pounder as its Player of the Year this season…played only football during his sophomore and junior years of high school, leading Long Beach Poly football team to the 2012 CIF PAC-5 championship as a quarterback…returned to baseball during his senior year and chose to continue with the sport in college despite scholarship offers in college football…has committed to continue his college career at Manhattan College.
RHP HEVER BUENO (279th overall) – The 21-year-old right-hander was limited to 2 starts for the Sun Devils this season due to a right elbow injury, going 1-0, 2.84 (2 ER/6.1 IP) with 9 strikeouts…he was 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA (6 ER/18.1 IP) and 25 strikeouts over 8 games/2 starts for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League last summer…was selected by the New York Yankees in the 17th round of the 2013 June draft out of Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona…was a 2013 Second Team All-League Pitcher and City Pitcher of the Year at Westwood.
OF JOSH MERRIGAN (309th overall) – The 22-year-old Merrigan batted .423 (85-201) with 18 doubles, 5 triples, 59 RBI, and 44 stolen bases in 58 games for the Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies…also competed at the University of North Carolina, Chipola (FL) JC, and Georgia State during his college career…the left-handed batter and right-handed thrower was a two-time Georgia Dugout Club All-State and Outstanding Season honoree at Walton (GA) High School…made the Northwoods League All-Star team and was named a Northwoods All-Prospect selection in the summer of 2015 with the Alexandria Blue Anchors.
RANGERS SELECTIONS IN THE 2016 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT (10)
|1||Cole Ragans||LHP||L/L||6-3||190||12/12/97||North Florida Christian HS||Tallahassee, FL||Campbell|
|2||Alex Speas||RHP||R/R||6-4||180||03/04/98||McEachern (GA) HS||Powder Springs, GA||Tucker|
|3||Kole Enright||3B||S/R||6-2||185||01/21/98||West Orange (FL) HS||Winter Garden, FL||Campbell|
|4||Charles Leblanc||SS||R/R||6-3||200||06/03/96||University of Pittsburgh||Laval, Quebec||Matthews|
|5||Kyle Roberts||LHP||L/L||6-5||215||10/22/96||Henry Ford (MI) CC||Allen Park, MI||Coryell|
|6||Kyle Cody||RHP||R/R||6-6||215||08/09/94||University of Kentucky||Chippewa Falls, WI||Medici|
|7||Sam Huff||C||R/R||6-4||190||01/14/98||Arcadia (AZ) HS||Phoenix, AZ||Simpson|
|8||Tai Tiedemann||RHP||R/R||6-6||195||05/31/96||Long Beach (CA) CC||Long Beach, CA||Guggiana|
|9||Hever Bueno||RHP||R/R||6-3||215||11/23/94||Arizona State U.||Mesa, AZ||Simpson|
|10||Josh Merrigan||OF||L/R||6-2||172||09/15/93||Georgia Gwinnett College||Marietta, GA||Tucker|