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06/09/07 12:30 AM ET

Rangers don't veer from plan on Day 2

Club takes chances on players who may be tough to sign

ARLINGTON -- Texas maintained the same approach to the First-Year Player Draft on Day 2 as it did on Day 1. General manager Jon Daniels continued to emphasize selecting players with good character, heart and makeup.

"It was a continuation of the feeling we had [Thursday]," Daniels said. "We stayed true to our philosophy."

The Rangers did not shy away from signability issues on the second day, as they drafted four players they know will likely be difficult to sign.

"Rather than having somebody in the system that won't go far, these guys have some upside," scouting director Ron Hopkins said. "I'm not making any promises, but we took guys that can be something."

Hopkins said the team has all summer to watch the players develop and decide whether they'll fit in the system.

The players with signability issues include: RHP Anthony Ranaudo (11th round), LHP Thomas Pomeranz (12th round), RHP Kyle Ocampo (13th round) and LHP Chase Huchingson (34th round). All of them high school players.

"I would much rather get a No. 2 starter that takes five years to develop, than a No. 5 starter that takes two years to develop," Daniels said.

Overall, Texas drafted 24 college players, 24 high school players and six junior college players. The club used 29 picks for pitchers, 16 for infielders and nine for outfielders.

It was an even mix of college and high school players the Rangers wanted.

"Some teams like to select just college or just high school," Hopkins said. "But why limit yourself? We've always thought going one way or the other took half of the field out."

Hopkins particularly liked the first pick of the second day, sixth-round selection Robert Wilkins. The 17-year-old is a right-handed high school pitcher from California.

Hopkins said Wilkins can already spin the ball effectively and has potential to be a pretty good pitcher.

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The Rangers used six of their nine picks for pitchers on the first day, and 23 of their 43 picks on Day 2.

Daniels said he would like the nucleus of this Draft to be brought up through the Minor League system together. He mentioned this year's Class A Clinton as an example of the benefit from having players stay and play together.

Daniels implemented a Draft plan to tab players who "play the game the right way," on top of natural athleticism and talent.

"We didn't want to limit our scouts," Daniels said. "We didn't take many calculated picks."

The Rangers took Benjamin Petralli in the 47th round. He is the son of former Ranger catcher Geno Petralli. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Benjamin is a switch-hitting catcher from Sacramento City College.

"He's got catching and throwing skills," Hopkins said. "He's also from one of the top junior college programs."

Petralli was the sixth Texan-born player the Rangers drafted. On Day 1, they used their first pick, 17th overall, on right-hander Blake Beavan from nearby Irving, Texas.

Daniels said the Rangers "accomplished their goals" the past two days in the Draft.

Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.