Rangers select LHP Cole Ragans and RHP Alex Speas on first day of 2016 Draft
Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers selected left-handed pitcher Cole Ragans with the 30th overall pick and right-handed pitcher Alex Speas at 63rd overall on the first day of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Ragans was 9-2 with a 0.90 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 90.0 innings as a senior at North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Florida. The 18-year-old southpaw limited opponents to a .122 batting average and tossed 5 shutouts. He threw a no hitter against Chiles High School. Ragans was named an Under Armour All-American and was the All-Big Bend Pitcher of the Year.
Baseball America rated the left-hander as the 12th-best high school pitcher in the draft and the 6th-best high school left-hander. He has committed to Florida State University.
The Rangers selected the 6-for-4, 190-pound Speas out of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia with the 63rd overall pick. The right-hander was rated the 41st-best prospect overall by Baseball America, while the same publication tabbed the 18-year-old as the 11th-best high school pitching prospect. The Under Armour All-American has committed to Auburn University.
The draft continues at 12 Noon tomorrow, a day that is scheduled to cover rounds 3 through 10.