Notes: Beavan yet to sign deal with club

Notes: Beavan yet to sign deal

ARLINGTON -- Texas' first round selection Blake Beavan, the 17th overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is prepared to go to junior college if the Rangers do not match the dollar figure he is looking for.

"They're just going to have to pay what I want," Beavan said. "It's not too much. What I want is what I think I'm worth."

Beavan did not specify his "dollar figure."

Beavan is a 6-foot-7, 212-pound right-hander from nearby Irving, Texas.

If the Rangers and Beavan don't reach a contract, Beavan said he would most likely play at Navarro College, a junior college in Corsicana, Texas, next year and re-enter the draft in 2008. Navarro is one of the top junior college baseball programs in the area.

Beavan said his advisors have been handling all of the negotiations, but the two sides are "not really close" in terms of reaching an agreement.

"I'm in no rush," Beavan said. "It's a process. It's not going to be any time soon until they give us what we want."

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, "We'd like to get all of our picks signed sooner than later. The Beavan situation is no different -- both parties have the same goal, which is get him out playing."

Beavan is coming off a dominating senior season for Irving High School. He threw 66 innings, with an eye-catching 124 strikeouts and 0.23 ERA. Beavan has been a longtime Rangers fan, but that passion hasn't led to being a quick sign.

"It's just a process," Beavan said. "There is nothing to say, except I'm playing it by ear."

Padilla's problems: Vicente Padilla left Thursday's game in the fifth inning, after allowing five consecutive hits. Padilla, who has battled arm irritation in his right elbow, has not made it through six innings since May 11.

"If it keeps going like it's going, we've got to do something," manager Ron Washington said. "I'm trusting the medical staff. This is something he's always had and he's pitched well. If he goes back out there and the same thing happens, we have to consider doing something.

"I don't want to get into panic mode and start making something out of something that's not there. So, after his next start, we'll check it out."

Padilla, who will start Tuesday at Detroit, has allowed 42 hits in 16 2/3 innings over his last four starts.

Kinsler working: Second baseman Ian Kinsler has been working consistently with Washington to improve his defense.

"I'm not performing defensively as I wanted to this year," Kinsler said. "Last year, I had a good year, so I'm just spending extra time out there getting more repetitions."

Kinsler has 14 errors this season through 68 games. He committed 18 last season in 119 games.

He said it: "I see a different look in Cat right now. I see a look that says, 'I'm feeling pretty good about myself.' We know he can hit, but we're finally seeing that look." -- Washington on Frank Catalanotto

Thursday's Minor League top performers:
Gold: Jason Brigam went five innings, allowing one run on two hits with four strikeouts as Class A Spokane won its first game of the season against Eugene, 3-0.

Silver: Class A Clinton defeated Kane County, 3-0, in a rain shortened game. Michael Ballard threw all five innings, allowing four hits with five strikeouts.

Bronze: Outfielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs as Triple-A Oklahoma lost to Albuquerque, 7-2.

Briefly: Kinsler celebrated his 25th birthday Friday. He said he did "absolutely nothing" for it. ... Kenny Lofton has the highest average, .363, ever against the Astros (minimum of 150 plate appearances). ... Brandon McCarthy is on a 65-pitch count Sunday at Triple-A Oklahoma. Washington said he'll throw a bullpen session the following Tuesday and make a second rehab start June 29 at Double-A Frisco.

Up next: Texas hosts in-state rival Houston in Game 2 of the three-game series Saturday at 2:55 p.m. CT at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Right-hander Jamey Wright takes the hill for the Rangers against right-hander Roy Oswalt of the Astros.

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