Rangers sign three more draft-and-follows

After signing left-handed pitcher Derek Holland earlier in the week, the Rangers inked three more draft-and-follow candidates before Wednesday night's deadline. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at each of the signees, including one fifth-year senior free agent signing.

In addition to left-handed pitcher Derek Holland, who was signed last week, the Rangers have inked three more draft-and-follow candidates from the 2006 amateur draft.

Right-handed pitchers John Maschino, Chris Dennis, and Dan Sattler all signed with the Rangers before Wednesday night's deadline.

Maschino, 20, was 4-6 with a 4.40 ERA for Seminole State Community College this season. In 59.1 innings, he allowed 45 hits while walking 40 and punching out 42. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Oklahoma features a low-90's fastball that can be dialed up to 94 MPH. Maschino will surpass a scholarship at the University of Arkansas to join the Rangers' organization.

Dennis, the Rangers' 40th round pick last season, comes to the organization from the Auburn University. Signed as a fifth-year senior, Dennis posted a 3.66 earned run average in 39.1 innings out of the bullpen for the Tigers this season. The righty once had a fastball that topped out near the mid-90's, but he has lost velocity since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2005. A former starting pitcher, the 2007 season was Dennis' first as a reliever.

The Rangers also signed Purdue product Dan Sattler, their 44th round selection one year ago. The 23-year-old had a 3.14 ERA with three complete games for the Boilermakers in 2006, but he battled health issues this season and finished with a 6.45 ERA in 37.2 innings.

The club also signed right-handed pitcher Jordan Stewart to a minor league contract. A fifth-year senior from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri, Stewart spent three seasons as the team's closer. He is a sidearming pitcher with a sinking fastball that ranges from the upper-80's to the low-90's.

All players signed will report to the club's spring training complex in Surprise, Arizona.


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