ARLINGTON-- This past season, Texas native and Forney High School pitcher Mason Englert broke a 48-year-old state record held by former Rangers pitcher David Clyde when he threw 55 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.Now, Englert is headed to the Rangers after being selected with the team's fourth-round pick (119th overall) on
ARLINGTON-- This past season, Texas native and Forney High School pitcher Mason Englert broke a 48-year-old state record held by former Rangers pitcher David Clyde when he threw 55 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
Now, Englert is headed to the Rangers after being selected with the team's fourth-round pick (119th overall) on Day 2 of the 2018 MLB Draft.
Rangers amateur scouting director Kip Fagg said he had several chances this season to watch Englert pitch in Forney, which is an hour east of Dallas.
"[He's a] very competitive kid who's got pitches and feel, and we're excited about him to come in the system and add another young starter," Fagg said.
The Rangers added both shortstop and right-handed pitching depth with their selections on Tuesday. Of their eight selections on the day, five were right-handed pitchers and three were shortstops.
In the first 10 rounds of the draft, the Rangers have chosen seven right-handed pitchers and three shortstops. Texas has drafted six high school players and made four college selections.
Round 3: SS Jonathan Ornelas, Raymond S. Kellis HS (AZ)
Ornelas has a commitment to the University of Tennessee and his style of play has drawn comparisons to Cubs infielder Javier Baez. He uses a big leg kick to generate power but is also swing-and-miss. He has the hands, arm and athleticism to play on the left side of the infield, and scouts love his high energy. He could end up at third base because of his lack of plus foot speed. He was a 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Second-Team All-American. He hit .464 with 15 doubles, six home runs, 29 RBIs and 19 stolen bases this past season.
Round 4: RHP Mason Englert, Forney HS (TX)
Englert went 11-0 with a 0.57 ERA this season for Forney High School. The right-hander has allowed just 24 hits and 12 walks, while recording 145 strikeouts over 74 1/3 innings. Englert's fastball, which sits in the low 90s, features heavy sink. Englert's 55 1/3-inning scoreless streak broke Clyde's record from 1972-73, when he had a 55-inning scoreless streak for Houston Westchester High School. Englert throws six different pitches, including a slider, a curveball and a changeup that is still a work in progress. Englert struck out 168 batters and posted a 0.84 ERA in 91 innings this past season. He is currently committed to Texas A&M.
Round 5: SS Jayce Easley, Sandra Day O'Connor HS (AZ)
Easley is the son of former infielder Damion Easley, who played with the Tigers, Angels, Mets, Marlins and D-Backs over his 17-year career. Jayce posted a .400 batting average, scored 36 runs, posted eight doubles, four triples, a home run recorded 32 RBIs this past season at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, where his father is currently the school's first base coach.
Round 6: RHP Sean Chandler, Iowa Western CC
After transferring from Nebraska, Chandler went 11-0 with 123 strikeouts and posted a 1.34 ERA in 74 innings for Iowa Western Community College this past season. He was drafted in the 32nd round (961st overall) of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Brewers but chose to play at Nebraska. His fastball sits between 88-92 mph, and he also throws a slider and a changeup.
Round 7: RHP Tim Brennan, St. Joseph's University
In 12 starts for St. Joseph's University this past season, Brennan was 9-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 88 innings. Brennan had an extraordinary strikeout-to-walk ratio; he struck out 84 while only walking five this past year. In his career at St. Joseph's, Brennan struck out 216 batters while walking just 31 in 251 1/3 innings. Last summer, Brennan pitched in the Cape Cod League for Yarmouth-Dennis. He was 1-2 with a 3.59 ERA in seven games. Brenna was All-ECAC First Team this past season.
Round 8: SS Jax Biggers, Arkansas
Biggers, a Missouri City, Texas, native hit .281 with nine doubles, four home runs, seven stolen bases and 22 RBIs in 178 at-bats this season. As a sophomore, he posted a team-best .338 batting average and was named to the All-SEC Second Team. He suffered a fractured finger on his left hand during a series against Texas A&M last month, but since coming back from the injury, he's hit .333 (5-for-15) with one home run. He's a transfer from Cisco Junior College. His father is a former assistant baseball coach at Lamar University.
Round 9: RHP Chandler Sanburn, Wichita State
Sanburn was the Shockers closer. He pitched in 28 games, all in relief, and was 0-3 with a 2.94 ERA and nine saves. Opponents hit .210 off him. He had 53 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings and walked just 12. Sanburn was named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll each season at Wichita State. He is from Avon, Ind.
Round 10: RHP Leury Tejada, Walton HS (N.Y.)
Tejada was a Rawlings Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention in 2018. His fastball sits between 88-91 mph, and he features a strong slider. As a junior in high school, Tejada did not allow an earned run over 44 innings. He is currently committed to New Mexico Junior College, the same school that Phillies starter Nick Pivetta attended.
Wesley Dotson is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.