O'Campo eager to become a Ranger

Right-handed pitcher Kyle O'Campo, the Rangers' 13th round pick in this year's draft, has the choice of signing with the Rangers or attending college at Cal State Fullerton. Lone Star Dugout updates the status of the unsigned hurler.

"Everything is going well," said Kyle O'Campo of his negotiations with the Rangers.

O'Campo, a right-handed pitcher from Riverside, California's Poly High School, was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 13th round of this year's draft.

The pitcher says he stays in contact with the Rangers, but his advisor handles most of it.

"I talk to [the Rangers] about once a week," he said, "but my advisor does most of the talking. I'm not really involved in that. I'm just keeping my arm loose and I'll be ready whenever they need me."

Listed at 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, O'Campo is a tall hurler that can run his fastball anywhere between 90-95 miles per hour. He also mixes in a slider – which would be considered his strikeout pitch – to go along with a curveball and a changeup.

O'Campo says he will be meeting with some of the Rangers brass this weekend.

"I'm going to throw a bullpen on Saturday with the scouting director," said O'Campo. "They just want to talk to me, so I'm excited."

While the Rangers are currently evaluating some of their draft picks in summer ball, they have advised others to rest. Though O'Campo isn't playing anywhere at this time, he is still staying in shape.

"The Rangers told my advisor that I should keep my arm loose and to start throwing bullpens right now," explained O'Campo. "They just want me to be ready."

O'Campo, who has signed a letter of intent with Cal State Fullerton, also keeps in regular contact with the Titans coaching staff.

"I talk to them about what I need to do if I don't end up signing," said O'Campo. "I'm actually going to take my placement test this weekend. Just in case it doesn't all work out, I'll have something to do."

When Lone Star Dugout spoke to the 18-year-old on the day of the draft, we asked O'Campo about his chances of signing with the Rangers.

"They're good, they're really good," said O'Campo of his chances of signing on June 8. "I want to be a big league ballplayer and I'm ready to start."

Nearly one-and-a-half months later, O'Campo responded to the same question.

"It's the same," he said. "There is a really good chance. I'm pretty sure I'm going to sign. I'm ready to be a big league ballplayer."


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