Rangers 2013 Draft Picks Review: Rounds 16-25
After signing for a $100,000 bonus, Greene spent his first professional season as the Northwest League’s most youngest position player (min. 76 PA). At the age of 18, Greene posted a .227/.367/.335 slash line, 3 HR, 15 RBI, drew 41 walks while he struck out 49 times in 248 PA. His raw numbers may not look great, but posting an OPS of 22 points higher than the league average (.670) at his age is somewhat remarkable.
17th round, 520th overall, Sean Labsan (LHP)
Labsan chose to play for the Florida Atlantic University over the Rangers. According to the schools’ website, there was “only 25% chance” the lefty to sign with the Rangers.
18th round, 550th overall, David Gates (RHP)
Drafted out of the Howard Junior College in Texas as Baseball America’s 161st best prospect in the class, Gates was assigned to the Rangers’ rookie league squad. He coughed up 11 runs (8 earned), 17 hits, struck out 8 and walked 6 against 63 batters faced in 13.2 IP in the Arizona League.
19th round, 580th overall, Ryan Ledbetter (RHP)
Ryan is a twin brother of the 3rd rounder David. Drafted out of the same school as his brother, Ryan was assigned to Arizona League. He posted a .169/.295/.338 opposing line, an ERA of 4.26, 18/11 K/BB against 79 batters faced in 19.0 AZL Innings.
20th round, 610th overall, Jackson Lamb (RHP)
Entering the draft, Lamb was ranked as the 306th best prospect in the class by Baseball America with legit numbers as a high school senior, and the Rangers were interested in him in the 3rd round. But the Michigan committee wasn’t expected to sign with Texas unless they offer “life-changing amount of money”.
The Rangers still picked him in the 20th round, but they couldn’t turn his eyes on from college career.
21st round, 640th overall, Luke Lanphere (RHP)
Before the draft, Lanphere was ranked as the 491st best prospect in the class by Baseball America. He signed for $400,000 bonus, much more amount of money than the recommended $100,000 for the slot.
The 18-year old right hander spent all 2013 season with the rookie league squad. As the 9th youngest arm in the league, Lanphere had a .203/.267/.348 opposing line, 3.50 ERA, 14/6 K/BB against 75 batters in 18.0 innings.
22nd round, 670th overall, Zach Winn (RHP)
After picked in the 22nd round, he was excited and sounded he would likely sign with the Rangers. But the Show Low, Arizona native eventually chose to attend Howard College in San Angelo.
23rd round, 700th overall, Luis Pollorena (LHP)
In his first season in pro ball, the Mississippi State University product splitted time between Arizona and Spokane and posted a 2.16 ERA, .250/.340/.284 opposing line, 21/7 K/BB against 104 batters faced in 25.0 innings.
24th round, 730th overall, Darryn Schepperd (OF)
The Sugar Land, Texas native will spend the next 3 years as a Baylor Bear.
25th round, 760th overall, Chris Dula (RHP)
Dula appeared in 4 games over the final 11 days of the AZL season, including the playoffs. He struck out 5, walked 3, gave up 5 H, 1 HR against 27 batters faced.