Daniels hopeful top picks will sign soon

Daniels hopeful top picks will sign soon

NEW YORK -- The Rangers are still confident that their two top picks from this year's First-Year Player Draft will sign quickly, and general manager Jon Daniels said the club has made progress toward getting both pitcher Kevin Matthews and outfielder Zach Cone under contract.

"Hopefully we'll be able to get something done soon, but we're not at that point in the negotiations," Daniels said. "Both players want to get something done, but we have to iron out a few things. But we drafted both players in order to get something done in a relatively short time and get them out playing."

Cone, who was the 37th overall pick out of the University of Georgia, is expected to be with the Rangers this weekend during their three-game series with the Braves in Atlanta. Matthews is also from Georgia. He was the 33rd overall pick out of Richmond Hill (Ga.) High.

The Rangers signed left-handed pitcher Andrew Faulkner, their 14th-round pick out of S. Aiken (S.C.) High. They have signed 19 draft picks to this point.