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Second Chances

Evan Grant -Premium Content

One of the reasons the Rangers thought righthander Tommy Hunter might be the first member of their bountiful 2007 draft class to reach the majors is his maturity, poise and his working knowledge of pitching. That's also why he appears to be the first member of that 2007 draft class to have success in the majors, too.

Majors | #2009#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Brash No More

Evan Grant -Premium Content

Blake Beavan, homegrown kid and the Rangers' top draft pick in 2007, entered the organization with a memorably brash pronouncement on the state of the big league pitching staff. Now, though, Beavan is known more for asking questions than making pronouncements.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Change Of Scenery

Evan Grant -Premium Content

As the deadline drew near for setting 40-man rosters, the Rangers and Phillies decided to swap disappointing first-round picks. Texas sent outfielder John Mayberry Jr., the 19th overall pick in 2005 who has underwhelmed as a power hitter, to the Phillies. In return, the Rangers got speedy but strikeout-prone center fielder Greg Golson. Golson, 23, was the 21st pick in the 2004 draft.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers