Rangers 2013 Draft Pick Review: Rounds 11-15

We’ve taken a look at how round 1-5 and 6-10of the Rangers’ 2013 draft class spent their first professional season. In this edition, we’ll see rounds 11 to 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.

12th round, 370th overall: Derek Thompson (LHP)

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)”.

Kazuto Yamazaki is a Staff Writer for ShutDownInning.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Kazkuto_Yamazaki or atlonestarfastballer@yahoo.com.
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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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