MIAMI -- The Rangers had high school pitcher Luke Jackson on the field before Tuesday's game at Sun Life Stadium, part of the recruiting process in trying to get him signed to a professional contract.
Jackson was the 46th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, taken by the Rangers in the supplemental first round out of Calvary Christian Academy in nearby Fort Lauderdale. He also has a scholarship waiting for him at the University of Miami.
"We're trying to do everything we can to recruit him," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We know Miami is doing everything they can to recruit him. We want to show this kid that we want to sign him and how sincere we are in that."
Jackson was 8-1 with an 0.90 ERA in pitching his high school team to the Florida Class 2A Regional Quarterfinals. The club lost to American Heritage, 1-0, in its last game, as Jackson went out and pitched a complete game with a bad case of strep throat.
The Rangers have already signed their first two picks of the Draft -- outfielder Jake Skole and catcher Kellin Deglan -- but Jackson could be a tough sign. He is from South Florida and was Miami's biggest recruiting prize this spring.
"Both are great opportunities," Jackson said. "It's a win-win situation. If everything works out, I'll have the best opportunity to play."