Rangers closing in on signing first-round pick Wyatt Langford
(AP photo/Gary McCullough)
ARLINGTON — Wyatt Langford is expected to be at Globe Life Field on Monday, two sources said, and he and the Texas Rangers could finalize his first professional contract this week after he takes a physical exam.
The Rangers selected Langford with the fourth overall pick July 9 in the MLB Draft. The outfielder from Florida was expected to go in the first three picks, and some with the Rangers believe they landed the best overall prospect.
Baseball America has ranked Langford as the No. 11 prospect in the game, on spot ahead of Double A Frisco outfielder Evan Carter.
The slot value for the fourth pick is $7,698,000.
Langford will soon head to the Rangers’ complex in Arizona for onboarding with other draftees and non-drafted free agents, one of who is former TCU pitcher Luke Savage.
Also agreeing as free agents are right-hander Karl Hartman from College of Central Florida, right-hander Logan Bursick-Harrington from Davenport University, right-hander Ryan Lowe from Mercer, infielder Devin Hurdle from Nebraska-Omaha and first baseman Anthony Claraco from Mississippi.
The Rangers have not announced the signings of any draft picks, but amateur scouting director Kip Fagg said last week that the Rangers expect to sign their first eight picks. After selecting Langford, the Rangers didn’t pick again until the fourth round.
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