The Rangers drafted a potential big bat in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft when they took infielder Jose Trevino from Oral Roberts University on Friday. He was a former teammate of pitcher Alex Gonzalez, who was the Rangers' No. 1 pick in 2013.
Trevino has played in 56 games for Oral Roberts and hit .304 with 37 runs, 10 home runs and 43 RBIs. He had a .359 on-base percentage and a .491 slugging percentage. He had 20 walks and just 25 strikeouts while playing primarily in the infield. Trevino can play shortstop and third base, but he was primarily a catcher as a sophomore.
The Rangers will look at him at multiple positions before making a call about his future.
"We like his bat," scouting director Kip Fagg said. "We have scouted him since high school and there is power in the bat."
Trevino was moved out from behind the plate because of his offense. He had 13 home runs as a freshman in 2012 and just eight as a sophomore as his batting average went from .317 to .241. Trevino played high school baseball at John Paul II in Corpus Christi and hit 25 home runs in his senior season. He chose Oral Roberts over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Missouri and TCU.
The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less