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All in the family for Rangers' 18th-round pick

All in the family for Rangers' 18th-round pick

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers drafted third baseman Garrett Buechele, the son of former Ranger Steve Buechele, in the 18th round of the First-Year Player Draft Wednesday.

It is believed to be the first time the Rangers have ever drafted both a father and son.

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The Rangers drafted Steve Buechele in the fifth round of the 1982 draft. He played seven seasons for the Rangers, hitting .240 with 94 home runs and 338 RBIs.

He became the manager of the Rangers' Double-A affiliate, the Frisco Roughriders, this year.

"He's obviously the son of Steve, our Double-A manager there," said director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg. "We're excited to get him. He's had big years at Oklahoma for a couple of years. He's a hitter. We like the player."

Garrett Buechele is the leading hitter for the University of Oklahoma Sooners this season, batting .387 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs in 59 games. As a freshman, he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year after hitting .353 with four home runs and 40 RBIs.

The younger Buechele, an Arlington native, declined an interview in order to concentrate on Oklahoma's NCAA Tournament run. The Sooners travel to Charlottesville, Va., to play Virginia in the Super Regionals.

Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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