Rangers first pick is son of former major leaguer

Updated: June 7, 2005, 11:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Stanford junior outfielder John Mayberry Jr. was the first-round pick Tuesday by the Texas Rangers, who then used 10 of their other 17 selections on the first day of the amateur draft on pitchers.

The Rangers, who used first-round picks the past two years on pitchers, didn't take a pitcher this year until getting a pair of Florida high school hurlers in the fourth and fifth rounds. Shane Funk, a 6-foot-6 right-hander from Panama City was the fourth-round pick, followed by left-hander Michael Kirkman from Lake City, Fla.

Texas used its first three picks on Mayberry as the 19th overall pick, third baseman John Whittleman from Kingwood High in Humble, and University of Texas junior Taylor Teagarden.

Mayberry, the son of a former major leaguer, hit .312 with 28 home runs and 148 RBIss the past three seasons at Stanford.

"We're very excited about adding a power-hitting right-handed bat like John Mayberry Jr.," said Dom Chiti, the Rangers' director of player personnel. "He is a premium athlete and we think he has great potential."

Mayberry was the 28th overall pick by Seattle in the 2002 draft, but he decided to attend Stanford instead. Teagarden was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round in that same draft.

The last time the Rangers took an outfielder with their first pick was 1989, when Donald Harris was the fifth overall selection. Mayberry was the fifth outfielder taken in this year's draft.

John Mayberry Sr. played in the major leagues for 15 years (1968-82) with Houston, Kansas City, Toronto and the New York Yankees. He was a .253 career hitter and a two-time All-Star first baseman.

The Rangers selected eight right-handed pitchers and Kirkman was among two lefties. There were three outfielders, four infielders and Teagarden, the 99th overall pick, was the only catcher taken on the first day by Texas.

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