The 2007 MLB Draft has produced plenty of talent for the Texas Rangers' organization. Less than two years after the draft, centerfielder Julio Borbon and right-hander Tommy Hunter proved to be solid big league contributors, at the very least.
The Rangers had 54 picks [including five first-round selections] that year, and they were able to sign 30 players. Twenty-one players still remain in the organization––plus outfielder Tim Smith, who was traded late last season––and 12 have played at the Double-A level or higher. Four ranked in our top 50 prospects this past year, but the draft produced a handful of other promising players.
However, as strong as the 2007 draft was for the Rangers, a closer look reveals even more. The Rangers selected a handful of players that passed on the professional opportunity and have used their raw talent to build themselves into top collegiate prospects for the 2010 draft.
Lone Star Dugout takes a look at the Rangers' unsigned picks from the '07 MLB Draft.
4th – Garrett Nash, CF
Regarded as a super-athletic shortstop out of high school in Utah, Nash was drafted by the Rangers as a centerfielder. Some questions surrounded the switch-hitter's bat, but there was no denying his elite athleticism and speed. After he didn't sign with the Rangers, Nash honored his commitment to Oregon State University, where he played a super-utility role of sorts. Nash played in 34 games, batting .277 with 36 strikeouts in 94 at-bats.
After the season, as chronicled in this Portland Tribune article, Nash left the team to begin a two-year mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints. As of last check, Nash was planning on returning to the Beavers baseball team for the 2011 campaign.
|2008||Oregon St. (FR)||.277||94||8||1||15||23||5/6||21||36||.420||.415|
5th – John Gast, LHP
Things haven't exactly gone according to plan for Gast. Once regarded as a potential first-round talent in high school, the southpaw fell after he underwent Tommy John surgery following his senior season. Instead of signing with the Rangers, he elected to rehab at Florida State in hopes of being picked higher after three seasons.
Perhaps Gast's best moment of his collegiate career game shortly after he returned from injury in his freshman season, when he played a key relief role for the Seminoles through the NCAA Regionals and College World Series.
Now a junior and draft-eligible, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound hurler is pitching in the Seminoles' weekend rotation, but he hasn't exactly helped his stock. Gast's overall numbers haven't been sparkling, but he has been particularly rough in league play, posting a 9.59 earned-run average while yielding 42 hits in 25.1 innings against the advanced ACC competition.
|2008||Florida St. (FR)||0-1||13.1||15||11||14||2.70|
|2009||Florida St. (SO)||5-3||38.2||43||21||24||5.12|
|2010||Florida St. (JR)||5-2||43.1||55||15||31||6.23|
11th – Anthony Ranaudo, RHP
At this point, everybody knows the story on Ranaudo. Scouts liked the New Jersey native out of high school because of his projectable body and strong arm. He seems to have made the correct decision in choosing to attend Louisiana State University because, not only has he won a national championship, but he also figures to be one of the top selections in this summer's MLB Draft.
The 6-foot-8 hurler consistently worked between 88-92 mph in high school, but he now sits in the low-90s as a collegian at LSU. Over the last two years, Ranaudo's velocity has spiked to the 90-93 mph range, and he can touch the mid-90s when necessary. Once regarded as a guy without much feel for his secondary stuff, the righty has also developed a big curveball that flashes definite plus potential.
Tigers coach Paul Mainieri has been careful with his prized ace this year, as Ranaudo sat out much of the season's first half with an elbow bruise. The pitcher is back in action now though, working as LSU's Friday night staff ace. In fact, he is slated to face the next pitcher on this list on Friday, April 23.
12th – Drew Pomeranz, LHP
The 6-foot-5, 231-pound southpaw has been among the leaders of the Ole Miss pitching staff from the day he arrived on campus. Like Ranaudo, Pomeranz is one of the top collegiate arms in this year's draft. The Tennessee native has a power repertoire that includes a low-90s fastball [touching the mid-90s at times] and a plus curveball that could help him reach the majors in a hurry.
This season, as the Rebels' staff ace, Pomeranz is simply posting video game-like numbers. He has a 1.38 earned-run average, and he has struck out a whopping 90 batters in just 58.2 innings of work.
|2008||Ole Miss (FR)||4-3||71.1||76||30||81||4.16|
|2009||Ole Miss (SO)||8-4||95.1||85||37||124||3.40|
|2010||Ole Miss (JR)||6-0||58.2||34||24||90||1.38|
|Davis is now in the Padres system. b>|
A 2004 Aflac All-American participant and National High School Player of the Year, Davis didn't live up to expectations during his four-year career at Stanford. He posted a strong season in the Cardinal's weekend rotation after returning to school for his senior season and improved his stock, getting selected by San Diego in the 13th round of the '08 MLB Draft.
Davis isn't regarded as one of the Padres top prospects, but he posted an excellent debut with Low-A Fort Wayne, winning 16 games and showing an outstanding feel for pitching. Earlier in the spring, MadFriars.com's Denis Savage wrote, "Davis gets by on pitch location rather than plus stuff. He is a backwards pitcher that works off the success of his changeup and curveball before pounding in a fastball he spots well."
|2009||Fort Wayne (A)||16-6||123.2||111||44||106||3.64|
|2010||Lake Elsinore (A+)||1-1||13.2||14||7||7||4.61|
25th – Andy Wilkins, 3B
The Oklahoma native signed with the University of Arkansas, and he has been a steady power producer in the middle of the Razorbacks' lineup from day one. In less than three seasons, Wilkins has belted 38 home runs with a career average well above .300.
Originally drafted as a third baseman, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound has spent practically his entire collegiate career at first. He has an excellent left-handed power bat to go with an advanced eye for the strike zone, and that combination should get him selected in the top few rounds of this summer's draft.
26th – Kevin Keyes, OF
The Rangers made a push to sign the Austin native, but he instead opted to attend the University of Texas, where he starred in the middle of the Longhorns' lineup during last year's College World Series.
In three years on the 40 Acres, Keyes has been a consistent power producer, but scouts worry about his overall approach at the plate and his defensive skills. Keyes isn't exactly known for his range in the outfield, and he is prone to the strikeout. Still, the corner outfielder has staggering raw power, and that'll get the former Aflac All-American a solid look in professional baseball.
27th – Drew Gray, C
The 6-foot-5 backstop was drafted after a dominant season at Missouri's Metropolitan Community College-Longview. Gray was a JUCO All-American as a sophomore, batting .386 with 16 doubles, 14 home runs and 69 runs batted in.
After passing on the Rangers, Gray joined the University of Nebraska baseball team, but he never appeared in a game and eventually left the team after suffering an injury. He hasn't played collegiate baseball since.
32nd – Gaspar Santiago, LHP
Regarded as one of Puerto Rico's top prep pitchers in the 2007 class, Santiago didn't sign and elected to attend Old Dominion University in Virginia. He logged just one-third of an inning there in two appearances and transferred to Ranger Junior College in Texas.
The left-hander struggled, posting a 1-8 record and an earned-run average north of 6.00 at the JUCO level in 2009, but he was still selected by San Diego in the 37th round. Santiago still didn't sign, and he doesn't appear to be playing collegiately or professionally in the U.S. this season.
|2008||Old Dominion (FR)||0-0||0.1||1||1||0||0.00|
|2009||Ranger JC (SO)||1-8||45.1||60||43||46||6.49|
34th – Chase Huchingson, LHP
The tall lefty elected to go the junior college route after passing on professional baseball, spending two seasons at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Following his freshman season, Huchingson was selected by the Astros in the 23rd round of the '08 MLB Draft, but he still didn't sign.
The Arkansas native is a two-way player, but he has been drafted as a pitcher both times. He spent time in the outfield as a sophomore, hitting .355 with six triples and four homers. Huchingson is currently at the University of Central Arkansas, but he has struggled in his first year of Division I ball, posting a 6.66 ERA in 24.1 innings.
|2010||Central Ark. (JR)||1-2||24.1||31||12||17||6.66|
35th – Jeff Schaus, CF
|Schaus has been a three-year starter at Clemson. b>|
The outfielder has gone on to have a big-time career in the Atlantic Coast Conference, hitting at least .315 in each of his three seasons with the Tigers. Now a junior, Schaus is currently batting .312 with 10 doubles, eight homers and a team-leading 51 runs batted in. Perhaps most impressively, he has struck out just 12 times in 159 at-bats this year.
36th – Brian Dupra, RHP
Scouts have been on Dupra since the Rangers selected him in the 36th round out of Rochester's Greece Athena High School in '07, but the hurler hasn't lived up to expectations. Dupra has struggled to produce much in the way of results during his three-year career at Notre Dame.
Still, Dupra has an ideal frame at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, he can touch the mid-90s with his fastball, and he can flash a promising slider. Though the results haven't been there for the righty, his raw package makes him an intriguing draft prospect for this summer.
|2008||Notre Dame (FR)||3-3||46.1||60||10||30||5.44|
|2009||Notre Dame (SO)||6-5||82.0||116||16||48||7.13|
|2010||Notre Dame (JR)||2-2||52.1||62||13||37||4.82|
37th – B.J. Salsbury, RHP
A 6-foot-2 righty that works around 90 mph with strong command and a good curveball, Salsbury headed to UC Riverside after he passed up on the Rangers' offer. The pitcher never pitched an inning of D1 ball, however, and he moved on to Mt. San Jacinto College. In one year of JUCO ball, Salsbury posted dominant numbers, racking up 10 complete games in 15 starts.
The performance was good enough to earn him a 14th round pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, where he was selected by San Francisco. After a solid debut with the rookie-level AZL Giants last summer, Salsbury is off to a good start at Low-A Augusta. In his first start of the season, the 20-year-old tossed six hitless innings against Greensboro.
|2009||AZL Giants (RK)||5-2||53.1||38||10||41||3.04|
38th – Hunter Hill, RHP
The Plano native moved on to Howard Junior College after logging just one inning during his freshman season at the University of Texas. Despite only pitching 16 innings in 12 games at Howard the following year, he was part of a national championship team and got selected by Tampa Bay in the 13th round of the '09 draft.
That Hill was drafted in the 13th round with just 17 total innings of collegiate experience in two years is a testament to his raw ability. He works in the low-90s with a solid breaking ball. After working at the short-season level last summer, the 5-foot-11 righty appears to be in Extended Spring Training right now.
|2009||Howard JC (SO)||1-0||16.0||13||10||24||3.94|
|Hudson Valley (SSA)||0-1||18.2||20||12||12||6.27|
39th – Tyler Fleming, RHP
A two-time Rangers draft pick, Fleming was also selected in the 20th round of the 2006 draft as a freshman. Texas selected Fleming after each of his two seasons at Cowley College in Kansas, but he didn't sign either time.
Fleming instead elected to attend Wichita State University. He performed well out of the bullpen as a junior in 2008 but missed the entire '09 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. The Oklahoma native turns 24-years-old in May, and he has logged just four innings this season while attempting to return from the injury. He has not been drafted since 2007.
|2006||Cowley CC (FR)||3-0||14.0||---||---||15||0.00|
|2007||Cowley CC (SO)||10-3||75.0||87||20||67||4.68|
|2008||Wichita St. (JR)||3-1||45.0||46||12||32||4.00|
|2010||Wichita St. (SR)||0-0||4.0||6||2||1||6.75|
40th – Sean Meehan, RHP
Texas selected the Centralia, Wash., native as a pitcher in the 40th round of the '07 draft. Meehan went on to attend the University of Washington––where he has yet to pitch an inning. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete has played in the Huskies' outfield for the duration of his college career.
Meehan was an impressive hitter in limited action as a freshman, batting .323 with four home runs in just 65 at-bats. However, he was forced to take a redshirt in 2009 when he missed the entire season with an injury. Meehan is currently hitting .286 while starting in 15 of his club's 35 games this season.
41st – Tom Edwards, 1B
The Rangers selected Edwards as a draft-eligible sophomore after he batted .340 with seven home runs at Rutgers University. Although his production dropped as a junior, Baltimore took him in the 28th round of the '08 draft.
A college first baseman, Edwards spent two summers with short-season Aberdeen as a utility player, splitting his time evenly at all four infield positions. The New Jersey native compiled just a .571 OPS over 284 career professional at-bats, and he was released last December.
43rd – Joey Rosas, LHP
The 6-foot-0, 177-pound lefty was taken by Washington in the ninth round of the '06 draft on the heels of an outstanding freshman campaign [8-0, 1.89 ERA] at Arizona's Yavapai College. Rosas' ERA climbed to 4.26 in his sophomore season, but Texas took a flyer on him in the 43rd.
The Cottonwood, Ariz., native instead chose to attend the University of Tennessee, and he wasn't drafted in his final two years as a Volunteer. As a senior in 2009, Rosas pitched in just 2.2 innings, walking six and allowing nine earned runs.
44th – Kris Jiggits, RHP
The 6-foot-0, 225-pound former catcher pitched at NAIA Tennessee Wesleyan the year after he got drafted by the Rangers. While Jiggits had some success, he wasn't selected in the '08 draft and elected to play independent ball.
The 24-year-old pitched for Schaumburg of the Northern League last summer, logging a 5.87 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 53.2 innings. He was selected by Lake County in the league's expansion draft this past October.
46th – Yoandy Barroso, LF
The Rangers selected the outfielder out of high school in Miami, but he spent two years playing at Miami-Dade College––the same school fellow '07 Rangers draft pick Michael Ortiz signed with.
Barroso went undrafted after both his JUCO seasons, and he transferred to Florida International University, where he is now batting .339 in 62 at-bats. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Barroso has appeared in 31 of his team's 36 games this season, starting 16 of them.
|Petralli never signed with the Rangers. b>|
The son of former Rangers catcher Geno Petralli, Ben was drafted an incredible five times between high school, three junior college seasons [one redshirt] and one year at Oral Roberts University. He never signed a professional contract.
When the Rangers took the switch-hitting catcher in '07, he was coming off a season at Sacramento City College in which he batted .333 with 16 doubles and a .483 on-base percentage. The club selected him in the 33rd round the following summer, after an outstanding campaign at ORU. Although he was a senior in 2008, Petralli did not sign.
|2008||Oral Roberts (SR)||.354||229||21||9||70||60||0/1||51||39||.472||.563|
48th – Dillon Baird, 3B
Another player selected from Yavapai College, Baird has gone on to have far more success than his teammate Rosas. Baird passed on the Rangers' offer and attended the University of Arizona, where he quickly became one of the nation's best hitters. He batted .433 during his junior campaign and was taken by the Angels in the 11th round last summer.
Now a first baseman, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound left-handed hitter is an intriguing prospect at 22-years-old. Baird is beginning his first full professional season at High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and he already has five doubles and three homers in his first 14 contests.
|2010||Rancho Cucamonga (A+)||.259||54||5||3||12||6||1/3||6||14||.349||.519|
49th – Brandon Hayes, LF
Hayes was a well-regarded talent out of high school, but he has had trouble getting off the bench in his three years at Oregon State. During his first two seasons, the lefty logged just eight total at-bats, and he has seen action in just 16 games [4 starts] as a junior this year.
|2008||Oregon St. (FR)||.250||4||0||0||2||1||0/0||1||2||.400||.250|
|2009||Oregon St. (SO)||.250||4||0||0||0||1||0/0||0||1||.250||.750|
|2010||Oregon St. (JR)||.185||27||1||0||1||6||0/1||4||8||.353||.222|
50th – Paul Zarlengo, 1B
The Rangers selected the first baseman out of the Chicago area's Marian Catholic High School. Zarlengo opted to attend Triton College, where he batted .356 and .359, respectively, in two seasons. Though he initially signed a letter of intent to play at Lincoln Memorial University for the 2010 season, he has wound up at NAIA Judson University.
|2008||Triton CC (FR)||.356||104||10||4||41||---||7/8||---||---||---||---|
|2009||Triton CC (SO)||.359||103||8||7||41||---||9/9||20||---||.466||---|
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