Rangers take 27 arms among 40 draft picks

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers wrapped up the final 30 rounds of the 2014 Major League Baseball first-year player draft Saturday and stayed true to their plan of going after pitching.

Of the 40 players chosen by Texas, 27 were pitchers. All but six are right-handers.

“We said all along the strength of the draft this year was pitching,’’ said Rangers director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg.

In breakdown by position, the Rangers chose five outfielders, six infielders and two catchers.

The Rangers selected five Texans: third baseman Jose Trevino (sixth round) from Corpus Christi; center fielder Doug Votolato (ninth) from Flower Mound; catcher Seth Spivey (10th) from Brenham; left-handed pitcher Sterling Winn (21st) from China Spring; and outfielder Travis Jones (39th) from Humble.

Of their 30 picks on the final day of the draft, the Rangers chose 19 college players.

"It was just the way it fell," said Fagg.

"We got a lot of the guys we targeted. I’m excited about the guys we selected."