Gast meeting with Rangers on Monday

John Gast, the Rangers' fifth round pick in June's MLB Draft, figures to be tough to pry away from Florida State University. Lone Star Dugout updates the status of the talented left-handed pitcher.

Left-handed pitcher John Gast, who underwent Tommy John surgery in early May, will eventually choose between signing with the Texas Rangers or attending Florida State University.

A fifth round pick in June's MLB Draft, Gast was projected to be selected much higher before he got injured late in his high school season and was forced to have Tommy John surgery.

Although the deadline to sign players is less than one month away, the Rangers haven't gotten deep into the negotiation process with Gast.

"[The negotiations] have been moving kind of slow," said Gast. "I guess they are trying to deal with their earlier picks first. But it looks like things should start moving pretty quick now."

Gast is referencing his upcoming trip to Arlington, where he plans to meet with much of the Rangers front office.

"I've been talking to them recently and it looks like I'm going to the Monday night game," he said. "I'm going to get to talk to all of the guys upstairs."

Nearly three months removed from his elbow surgery, Gast is pleased with his rehab.

"I am on schedule, maybe a little bit ahead," said Gast, who predicts he will be ready to pitch in extended spring training next year. "Right now I'm getting into the rotator cuff strengthening and just the general arm strength. I just got past the flexibility stage. Now it's strengthening it, getting ready to start tossing soon."

While the Rangers already signed one Florida State signee in first round pick Michael Main, Gast figures to be much tougher to pry away from coach Mike Martin and his staff.

"I have no clue," said Gast when asked about his chances of signing with the Rangers. "It all depends on the Rangers' offer, which is hopefully coming up soon. My commitment is to Florida State and I don't feel I've made a commitment to the Rangers yet."

However, the talented lefty hopes he is able to sign with the Rangers.

"That's what I want to do," continued Gast. "I want to play for them and rehab in their minor league system."

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