Texas Rangers Draft History

All tables below are based on the amount of WAR each player produced during their first seven seasons in Major League Baseball. The WAR totals for each draft class include both Pitching and Hitting WAR, but excludes any player that did not sign with their drafting team. The total WAR also reflects the total value the drafted player provided, not just the value to his drafting team.

*Data accurate through 2019 season.

Top Five Draft Classes

2003Texas Rangers46.6
2001Texas Rangers43.3
1999Texas Rangers36.5
1996Texas Rangers32.3
1972Texas Rangers32.1

Bottom Five Draft Classes

1989Texas Rangers-3.1
1968Washington Senators-1.4
2004Texas Rangers-1.3
1997Texas Rangers-0.9
1991Texas Rangers-0.5
This list excludes any season past 2010, since those draft classes have a multitude of active players.

Top Five Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
200115Mark Teixeira31.8
200317496Ian Kinsler26.6
197225572Mike Hargrove23.5
1973349Len Barker18.8
199010279Rusty Greer18.4
List made from top five WAR values alone.

Five Biggest Busts

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
197311David Clyde4.3
198313Jeff Kunkel0.8
196715Johnny JonesNo MLB Experience
198915Donald Harris-1.5
198816Monty Fariss-0.4
List made from first round picks that produced less than 5.0 WAR in their first seven seasons and ordered by lowest overall pick.

Top Five Value Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
200317496Ian Kinsler26.6
197225572Mike Hargrove23.5
198342817Glenn Davis18.0
197915381Pete O’Brien17.8
199631923Travis Hafner17.3
List made from top five WAR values where a player was drafted outside of the first ten rounds.

Top Five Unsigned Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
1998383Barry Zito23.8
19728172Jim Sundberg23.6
196811236Chris Speier18.6
197021501Bruce Sutter17.0
199619563Mark Hendrickson11.1
List made from top five WAR values where a player did not sign with the team.

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