The Rangers selected outfielder Ryan Cordell in the 11th round with the 340th overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Coming out of high school in 2010, Cordell was prepared to go to junior college for a year, with the intention to transfer to Liberty until a scholarship opened up late in the spring. He has improved dramatically since then, emerging as a true prospect.
Cordell's 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame -- combined with his plus speed -- presents scouts with an attractive package of raw tools with plenty of upside.
His swing can get long and he is more of a line-drive hitter now, but he has the potential to develop average pop. Cordell covers ground well in the outfield and he has an average arm.
Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.