ANAHEIM -- The deadline for signing Draft picks has come and gone, and the Rangers were unable to work out deals with their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks. All are high school picks who have decided to go to college.
Pitcher Brandon Woodruff (fifth round) is going to Mississippi State, outfielder Derek Fisher (sixth) is going to Virginia and catcher Max Pentecost (seventh) is headed to Kansas State.
"Fisher we knew early on we probably were not going to get something done," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We were hoping to sign Woodruff and Pentecost -- we were hoping to sign all three -- but with Woodruff, it was not about money. The young man and his family decided school was what was best for him. Pentecost made a similar decision."
Despite that, Daniels was pleased with what he called the "amateur signing period" because of what the Rangers were able to do in the Draft and especially in the international market. Fisher, who was the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year, could have been another impact bat in the Rangers' farm system, but Daniels felt they added to that by signing outfielders Nomar Mazara and Ronaldo Guzman from the Dominican Republic.
Both are currently playing for the Rangers in the Dominican Republic. Guzman could end up being switched to first base. The Rangers also scored big in the amateur signing process by landing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin in May and Venezuelan left-handed pitcher Yohander Mendez.
"I'm very pleased with what we've accomplished in the Draft and in the international signing," Daniels said. "We added some interesting talent on the high end and some others down lower. There were a couple of guys we would have liked to have signed, but that's the nature of the business.
"We had a chance to add talent through different avenues and that's our philosophy. It's all one in the same. We don't care where players come from as long as we can add talent and good makeup into the system."