CHICAGO -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Kip Fagg, who is in his first year as director of amateur scouting, briefed the media Thursday on the upcoming First-Year Player Draft. The Rangers have the 15th, 22nd, 45th and 49th overall picks in the Draft, which begins Monday. Among items discussed: Daniels said the ownership situation won't affect who the Rangers pick: "We believe our budget will allow the flexibility we need to get the type of players we want with no restrictions."
Fagg said the Rangers are looking for "high impact players. Players with high ceilings, athletic, toolsy players. Guys who have tools, athleticism and are good baseball players. Signability could be an issue for the 15th pick. That's the compensation pick for not signing first-round pick Matt Purke last year. The Rangers don't get compensation next year if they can't sign that player from this Draft. Said Fagg, "There are a lot of players we expect to be there and we really like who are signable. I don't think that's a deterrent." Daniels said signability is not the only issue with that pick.
"You can't afford any surprises," Daniels said. "If a guy fails his physical, there is no recourse. More than financial considerations, you can't afford any surprises."