Whatley among 8 picks signed by Rangers

Catcher was taken in third round out of Oral Roberts University

June 20th, 2017

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have signed eight more of their 2017 Draft Picks, the club announced Tuesday.

Including first-rounders Bubba Thompson and Chris Seise and second-rounder Hans Crouse, who signed last week, the Rangers now have 11 of their picks under contract, all of whom have been assigned to the Arizona Rangers in the Arizona Rookie League.

Third-round selection Matthew Whatley, a catcher from Oral Robert University, headlined the latest signings on Tuesday. He hit .302 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs in 59 games last season, and he drew 50 walks -- the 11th-most in the country. (first-round pick in 2013) and Jose Trevino (sixth-round pick in '14) join Whatley as recent Rangers selections from Oral Roberts.

Rangers' Draft results

Other signees Tuesday included: fourth-round pick Ryan Dease, a right-hander from The Next Level Academy in Altamonte Springs, Fla.; fifth-round pick Jake Latz, a left-hander from Kent State University; Noah Bremer, a right-hander from the University of Washington; Joel Urena, a left-hander from Monroe Community College; Tanner Gardner, an outfielder from Texas Tech University; John King, a left-hander from the University of Houston; and Joseph Jarneski, a right-hander from Hilo High School in Hawaii.

The signing bonuses for players selected in the first 10 rounds:

Whatley: $517,100

Dease: $340,000

Latz: $386,100

Bremer: $150,000

Urena: $150,000

Gardner: $130,000

King: $10,000