Cole Ragans’ long journey to the majors cheered throughout Rangers organization
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ARLINGTON — The world was in the palm of Cole Ragans’ hand June 16, 2017, just more than a year after he had been selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers.
That palm might have been a little sweaty, though, as Ragans was the Opening Day starter for the short-season Class A team in Spokane. The 18-year-old appeared to be a tad nervous.
The Spokane manager that season was Matt Hagen, who had joined the organization in 2016 as a coach and was a first-time manager. His palms might have been a little sweaty, too.