Rangers will look for an athletic Draft

Rangers will look for an athletic Draft

CHICAGO -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Kip Fagg, who is in his first year as director of amateur scouting, briefed the media Thursday on the upcoming First-Year Player Draft. The Rangers have the 15th, 22nd, 45th and 49th overall picks in the Draft, which begins Monday.

Among items discussed:

• Daniels said the ownership situation won't affect who the Rangers pick: "We believe our budget will allow the flexibility we need to get the type of players we want with no restrictions."

• Fagg said the Rangers are looking for "high impact players. Players with high ceilings, athletic, toolsy players. Guys who have tools, athleticism and are good baseball players.

• Signability could be an issue for the 15th pick. That's the compensation pick for not signing first-round pick Matt Purke last year. The Rangers don't get compensation next year if they can't sign that player from this Draft. Said Fagg, "There are a lot of players we expect to be there and we really like who are signable. I don't think that's a deterrent."

Daniels said signability is not the only issue with that pick.

"You can't afford any surprises," Daniels said. "If a guy fails his physical, there is no recourse. More than financial considerations, you can't afford any surprises."