Monday was a busy night for the Texas Rangers both on and off the field.
First, Texas took care of business down in Houston behind the arm of Yu Darvish. The righty allowed one run in seven innings as the Rangers beat the division-leading Astros 6-1 in the first game of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Then, the Rangers took steps towards the future during the first round of the MLB Draft. Texas drafted Bubba Thompson; an outfielder from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Alabama at No. 26. Thompson hit .429 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI and 18 stolen bases while posting a .857 slugging percentage during his senior year. Thompson, a University of Alabama commit in baseball, was also a 3-star quarterback who drew interest from football recruiters in the SEC but chose the diamond instead of the gridiron.
“When I felt the love for the game, I just knew this was my career,” Thompson told MLB Network.
Thompson said he will sign with the Rangers instead of taking the baseball scholarship from Alabama.
Later in the first round, the Rangers selected West Orange High School (FL) shortstop Chris Seise at No. 29. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Seise hit .413 with 31 runs scored at West Orange High. He has a scholarship to Central Florida.
In the second round, the Rangers went the pitching route, selecting Hans Crouse out of Dana Hills High School in California. The 18-year old was a Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st Team All-American as a senior with a 0.88 ERA in 67 innings to go along with 99 strikeouts. Crouse is committed to the University of Southern California.
One North Texas high school player heard his name called during the first round of the MLB Draft. Arlington Martin outfielder Tristen Lutz was selected at No. 34 by the Milwaukee Brewers. The 6-foot-3 righty has power to all fields to go along with a huge arm and is also a Texas Longhorns commit. He played in centerfield at Arlington Martin but will likely be worked at all the outfield spots in the Brewers organization. MLB.com’s Jim Callis said that Lutz could turn into a 30-home run player.