Rangers 2013 Draft Pick Review: Rounds 6-10
6th round, 190th overall: Sam Wolff (RHP)
The 22-year old right hander was drafted out of University of New Mexico, signed for a $65,000 bonus. Splitting time between short season-A Spokane and low-A Hickory, Wolff had a stellar first year of pro ball. He posted a .183/.246/.229 opposing line, 44/9 K/BB ratio, microscopic 0.60 ERA against 118 batters he faced in 30 innings. He converted all 5 save opportunities for the Crawdads. Although he’s a bit old for both SS-A and low-A, his 2013 numbers were totally eye-catching.
Baseball America ranked Gardewine the 336th best prospect in the class entering the draft. After signing for a $162,300 bonus, the 20 year-old posted a 3.21 ERA, a solid .193/279/.244 opposing line, 37/20 K/BB in 48.2 innings for the rookie Rangers squad.
8th round, 250th overall, Evan Van Hoosier (2B)
After signing for a $151,600 bonus, the right-handed hitting second baseman was assigned to Spokane and spent the entire 2013 with the Indians. His first professional season was sandwiched by a pair of hot streaks. In the first 18 games, Van Hoosier hit .281/.361/.453 in 72 PA and in his last 12 games, he had a .349/.429/.465 in 49 PA, but he went .145/.232/.194 in 70 PA in between. His 2013 numbers overall were .249/.332/.361, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 16/31 BB/K ratio in 191 PA.
9th round, 280th overall, Jose Samayoa (RHP)
Being a 23-year old in the rookie ball hardly helps your prospect status, but Samayoa had the numbers to show his presence. He posted a 3.70 ERA, .283/.310/.374 opposing line, 75/15 K/BB in 56 innings. He led Arizona League in strikeouts.
10th round, 310th overall, Cole Wiper (RHP)
In the past few years, the Rangers have had some successful mid-late round picks. In 2010, they picked Nick Tepesch in the 14th round. In 2011, they picked (now a Cub) C.J. Edwards in the 48th round.
Cole Wiper could join these fellow right handed pitchers from the 2013 class. At the time of the draft, he was a Tommy John rehabber that was 14 months removed from the surgery. Before undergoing the UCL reconstructing operation, Wiper’s fastball touched 95-96 MPH, with sharp breaking stuff.
After signing for a $700,000 bonus, which is well over for the recommended slot money, he posted a 2.10 ERA, .228/.287/.250 opposing line, 26/8 K/BB ratio against 101 batters he faced in 25.2 innings in his first pro campaign. Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Cole filmed his outing from July 26. According to Cole’s report on Wiper, his fastball velocity is not back yet, but showed some feel for the breaking stuff.
Wiper made it to Baseball America’s top 20 Arizona League prospects after the season with fellow Rangers Akeem Bostick, Travis Demeritte, and Jairo Beras.