Rangers 2014 Domestic Draft Team

Myworld is taking a look at all the major league teams to see what kind of 25-man roster they could field if they only relied on the players selected from the domestic draft and nothing else to stock their team. Only current major leaguers are considered for the 25 man roster. Realistically, some players would extend their career because without foreign players a job could still be available and others who never were called up could fill the empty positions. The Rangers are one of the better focused teams for international talent so you would think any domestic roster would be light.  That is not necessarily the case, except in the case of shortstop.  They would have a difficult time putting a competitive player here to make their major league roster.  They have a lot of succuss in mid round picks, but much of the most recent talent has been traded away for playoff pieces.

Catcher - A couple backup catchers would share this job in Mike Nickeas (2004 - 5th round) and Taylor Teagarden (2005 - 3rd).

First Base - They would have some big boppers here, with a couple spots to fill the DH spot.  Last year’s homerun leader Chris Davis (2006 - 5th round) would start.  Mark Teixeira (2001 - 1st round) would have trouble finding playing time because of injury and lack of production, but his glove is better here.  Mitch Moreland (2007 - 17th round) could find some time at the DH spot.  Justin Smoak (2008 - 1st round) would be the last guy in the pecking order.

Second Base - Ian Kinsler (2003 - 17th round) was a nice late round pick but would have to play a full season here.

Shortstop - They have zero here, focusing on international talent to fill this position.

Third Base - Edwin Encarnacion (2000 - 9th round) would probably fit best at DH or first base, but the position is slim.  You could go for better defense with Mike Olt (2010 - 1st round) but the offense might suffer.

Outfield - This position is filled with a number of fourth outfielder types, the best among them being John Mayberry (2005 - 1st round).  Craig Gentry (2006 - 10th round) would patrol centerfield while Justin Maxwell (2004 - 10th round) would try to fulfill his potential in right field.  Since Justin did not sign with the Rangers other options would be Laynce Nix (2000 - 4th round) and Jason Bourgeois (2000 - 2nd round).

Starting Pitching - No real aces here but a lot of depth.  R.A. Dickey (1996 - 1st round) with his knuckleball would be an ace, though since his Cy Young season his ace stuff has disappeared.  Colby Lewis (1999 - 1st round) is trying to overcome injuries and Aaron Harang (1999 - 6th round) who is having a surprising season are two more veterans to fill the rotation.  Ryan Dempster (1995 - 3rd round) and Barry Zito (1998 - 3rd round) are two veterans still looking for a team, though Barry didn’t sign with the Rangers when drafted.  Two more veterans are Scott Feldman (2003 - 30th round) and C.J. Wilson (2001 - 5th round).  To sprinkle in some youth the Rangers would look at Derek Holland (2006 - 25th round), John Danks (2003 - first round), Blake Beavan (2007 - first round), Drew Pomeranz (2007 - 12th round, not signed), Tanner Roark (2008 - 25th round) and Nick Tepesch (2010 - 14th round).  Roark was given away for Christian Guzman.

Relief Pitchers - The Rangers would have the luxury of using a number of the starting pitchers who did not make the rotation and convert them to bullpen arms.  Dennis Sarfate (1999 - 15th round) is a closer for his Japan team, but he was not signed by the Rangers.  Kameron Loe (2002 - 20th round), Cory Luebke (2006 - 32nd round, not signed), Robbie Ross (2008 - second round), Joe weiland (2008 - second round) and Robbie Erlin (2009 3rd round) would fill the pen.  Ross, Luebke and Erlin would throw from the left side.  Other possible closers would be Tommy Hunter (2007 - 1st round), who failed in his role as an Oriole and Tanner Scheppers (2009 - 1st round), who was considered for that role in 2014.  Evan Reed (2007 - third round) is another arm with velocity who could close.

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