Paralyzed draft pick speaks to minor leaguers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Johnathan Taylor spoke to the Rangers' minor leaguers after Texas' 8-6 loss the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Taylor suffered a neck injury while playing for the University of Georgia's baseball team in March that left him partially paralyzed.

Despite the injury, the Rangers drafted him in the 33rd round to his surprise. They also drafted Taylor's teammate and good friend Zach Cone in the first round. You can read more about Taylor's recovery efforts here.

"It's a great message about perseverance and the power of a positive mindset," general manager Jon Daniels said.

Taylor told the players to make the most of their opportunities. He will be one of four athletes to receive a Courage Award from the Tempe Sports Authority Foundation on Monday.