Rangers 2013 Draft Pick Review: Rounds 11-15
11th round, 340th overall: Ryan Cordell (OF)
Entering the draft, Cordell was ranked as the 196th best prospect in the class by Baseball America. He signed for a 100,000 bonus, assigned to Spokane and spent all 2013 season with the Indians. The 21-year old right handed thrower and hitter posted a .241/.322/.358 slash, 5 HR, 23 RBI in 262 PA, stole 19 bases in 23 attempts while playing all 3 outfield positions and first base.
Thompson signed for a 100,000 bonus, was reported to Arizona and had a solid rookie league campaign with the baby Rangers quad. The 20-year old lefty pitched in 13 games, started 9 of them, had a 2.41 ERA, .229/.300/.288 opposing line, 47/14 K/BB in 41.0 innings.
13th round, 400th overall: Taylor Olmstead (OF)
The 2-sport star (he also played football in high school) chose to play baseball for the University of Connecticut over the Rangers.
14th round, 430th overall: Jarred Smith (RHP)
Drafted out of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, signed for a 130,000 bonus, Smith showed his presence in a limited time. He gave up 2 runs, 4 hits, struck out 5 and walked 1 in 3.2 innings with the baby Rangers squad.
15th round, 460th overall: Cody Ege (LHP)
Drafted out of the University of Louisville and signed for a $100,000 bonus, Ege spent one of the most successful seasons among the 2013 Rangers draft class.
In 17 games between Spokane, Hickory, and Myrtle Beach, Ege posted a 0.90 ERA, .179/.230/.226 opposing line, 39/5 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. I’m noting that left handed hitters only hit .097/.125/.129 off him.
If he could repeat these spectacular numbers in 2014, I think he’ll be the first one to make it to the bigs from this class.
His name is pronounced “i-gi (with a hard G)”.