Rangers 2013 Draft Pick Review: Rounds 26-40

We’ll wrap up reviewing the Rangers’ 2013 draft picks’ first professional season with this very last piece of the series. In this edition, I took a look at the bottom 15 of the Rangers’ picks in the 2013 amatuer draft.
26th round,  790th overall, Travis Dean (RHP)

Dean was drafted out of Kennesaw State University. The 22-year old right hander spent all of the 2013 season at short-season A Spokane as a reliever, where he posted an ERA of 2.64, .254/.366/.347 opposing line, 31/19 K/BB against 144 batters faced in 30.2 innings. Although his ERA looked solid, Dean needs to cut the walks down in 2014.

27th round, 820th overall, Sherman Lacrus (C )

After being drafted out of Western Oklahoma State Junior College, Lacrus headed to the Dominican Republic and spend the summer with the Rangers’ DSL squad. The 19-year old Curacao native who played with  Jurickson Profar in younger days hit .330/.440/.413, 3 HR, drew more walks (21) than he struck out (18) in 220 PA while serving as a catcher, DH, and all 3 outfield positions, primely as a left fielder. Additionally, Lacrus played with Jurickson’s younger brother Juremi Profar this summer.

28th round, 850th overall, Ryan Williamson (LHP)

Williamson graduated from Cranford High School in New Jersey as one of the best players in the school’s baseball program history. But he chose to play for the North Carolina State University over the Rangers.

29th round, 880th overall, Justin Sprenger (RHP)

Sprenger was assigned to Spokane after being drafted out of Tennessee Wesleyan University. He had a 4.18 ERA, .216/.322/.255 opposing line, 31/13 K/BB against 120 batters in 28.0 IP with the Indians.

30th round, 910th overall, Joe Palumbo (LHP)

In 20.1 innings at the Arizona League, the 18-year old New York native posted an ERA of 4.87, .250/.374/.342 opposing line, 22/14 K/BB against 94 batters faced.

31st round, 940th overall, Michael Peterson (RHP)

The 6’7″ Northern California native went unsigned with the Rangers.

32nd round, 970th overall, John Straka (RHP)

Straka showed his solid control as the 3rd oldest pitcher on the Spokane squad. The 23 year-old right hander went with 4.88 ERA, .299/.328/.496 opposing line against 135 batters in 31.1 innings. Although he was prone to give up extra-base hits, his K/BB ratio was eye-catching 4.50 (27/6).

33rd round, 1000th overall, Danny De La Calle (C )

He’s headed to Florida State University to spend his Junior season as a Seminole.

34th round, 1,030th overall, Ethan Napiontek (RHP)

Napiontek had a solid first professional season at rookie-ball. His 1.25 ERA was the 5th best in AZL while posting a .227/.280/.307 opposing line and 18/5 K/BB against 83 batters in 21.2 innings.

35th round, 1,060th overall, Buddy Reed (OF)

The switch-hitting outfielder will spend the next 3 years at the University of Florida.

36th round 1,090th overall, Dakota Hudson (RHP)

Hudson forwent the Rangers to attend to Mississippi State University. Baseball America ranked him as the 317th best prospect before the draft.

37th round, 1,120th overall, Cody Lavalli (OF)

After being drafted by the Rangers, Lavalli chose to return to Lewis-Clark State College as a senior.

38th round, 1,150th overall, Sheldon Neuse (SS)

Neuse became a Sooner and will re-enter the draft in 2015.

39th round, 1,180th overall, Jay Gonzalez (OF)

Gonzalez got suspended from Auburn University’s baseball team prior to the 2013 season for unidentified reason. He ended up unsigned.

40th round, 1,210th overall, Sal Mendez (LHP)

Mendez did sign with the Rangers, but couldn’t make his pro debut in 2013 due to an elbow injury that kept him from being selected until the final round of the draft.

Previous articles of this series can be found at the links below.

Rounds 1-5

Rounds 6-10

Rounds 11-15

Rounds 16-25

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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