Q&A with Rangers 40th Rd Pick Travis Meiners

The Texas Rangers selected Dallas Baptist product and versatile utility player Travis Meiners with their 40th round pick in last week's MLB Draft. Lone Star Dugout sat down with the 22-year-old, who has already signed and reported to Arizona.

Travis Meiners wasn't exactly drafted by his hometown team, but he did get picked by a club he was more than familiar with.

The Minnesota native played two seasons at Des Moines Area Community College before moving on to Dallas Baptist University, which sits just a matter of minutes away from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

For the final two years of his collegiate career, the versatile 6-foot-0, 205-pound athlete was among the Patriots' leading hitters, and he batted .342 with 11 doubles, three triples, and seven home runs. He also showed a decent eye for the strike zone, getting 27 walks versus 35 strikeouts in 196 at-bats.

Meiners impressed on perhaps his biggest stage of the year, hitting two home runs against Texas A&M ace and sixth overall selection Barret Loux during a late-season series in College Station.

As a college senior, the 22-year-old has already signed with the Rangers and reported to the club's minor league complex in Arizona. He will likely begin the season in the rookie-level Arizona League.

Jason Cole: What were your thoughts on getting drafted for the second time in your career?

Travis Meiners: I was just hoping to get another opportunity to play pro ball. As a senior, I was just hoping to get picked up and get that chance. It happened, so I'm pretty excited about it.

Cole: Had you talked to the Rangers much during the season?

Meiners: Not really. I was talking to the Blue Jays more than anybody, and then the Rangers drafted me. I'd never talked to them before the other night.

Cole: Dallas Baptist is pretty much in the Rangers' backyard. Did you ever attend Rangers games in the two years you were out there?

Meiners: Yeah, I kind of became a Rangers fan because of the baseball that I could watch down there. I went to the stadium a few times and really liked it. It was cool that I got picked up by the Rangers––I liked that.

Cole: You're from Minnesota and played your JUCO ball in Iowa. How'd you end up in Texas after all that?

Meiners: My freshman year, our head coach at Des Moines left and went to Dallas Baptist. He brought me down on a visit my sophomore year, and then I signed to come for my junior year.

Cole: On a personal level, what were your thoughts on your season this year at DBU?

Meiners: Overall, I'd say I'm happy with it. I wish I had better power numbers, but that really just didn't happen this year. I thought I hit pretty good and played good defense, so I was happy with it.

Cole: What areas of your game do you feel you've really improved upon the most during your four years of college ball?

Meiners: Hitting. I feel like I've always been pretty solid defensively. And just adjusting to the different level of competition. You have to be a lot better hitter than when you started your freshman year at JUCO through your last year at DBU.

Cole: I know the Dallas Baptist roster lists you as an infielder, and the Rangers took you as an outfielder. What positions have you played through your collegiate career?

Meiners: I played shortstop for two years at my junior college. And then I played third base all of my junior year. This last year, I played third, short, and center.

Cole: You're listed as a centerfielder with the Rangers. Have you talked to the club about where you'll be playing in pro ball?

Meiners: Yeah, they said one of the main reasons they drafted me was because of my versatility. It sounds like I'll just be hopping around wherever I need to go.

Cole: Do you have much of a preference at this point?

Meiners: I really do like outfield. I'd say it's chill out there, I guess. It's not so intense. In the infield, you've always got to be on your toes. But either way, it's not a big deal to me.

Cole: As you get into pro ball and begin your professional career, what would you like to work on the most?

Meiners: Just hitting––driving the ball more consistently, I would say. If you don't hit, you're not going to move up, no matter how good you are defensively.

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