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Switch-hitting Votoloto has Texas roots


With their ninth-round pick, the Rangers took switch-hitting outfielder Doug Votoloto from the University of Central Arkansas. He played in high school locally at Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus.

The 6-foot-2 Votoloto hit .379 in 52 games as a senior, scored 50 runs and stole 26 bases in 31 attempts. He had a .456 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage. He was a reserve in his first three seasons at the Central Arkansas before winning a full-time job in the outfield.

"He is an energy type of player," scouting director Kip Fagg said. "He is a very good defender, a catalyst type of player. We're very excited to get him."

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.

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