Rangers keep it in family on Day 2 of Draft
Texas adds son of former outfielder to talented list of picks
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are hoping the old adage "like father, like son" is true after drafting Ruben Sierra Jr. in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
His father, Ruben Sierra, signed with the Rangers in 1982 as a free agent out of Puerto Rico. All high schoolers from Puerto Rico have been subject to the Draft since '90.Sierra played parts of 10 seasons with the Rangers, becoming an everyday player at the age of 20. His best season came in 1989, when he hit .306 with 29 home runs and drove in 119 runs. Sierra finished second to Robin Yount in the Most Valuable Player balloting that season. "I don't know what Senior's scouting reports were as a 17-, 18-year-old," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, "but [Sierra Jr.] is athletic. We wanted guys with quality upside who can reach [the big leagues]."
Sierra Jr. shares plenty of similarities with his father. He stands an inch taller than his father, at 6-foot-2. Sierra Jr. has played center field throughout high school, but once he adds weight to his 172-pound frame, he may shift to a corner-outfield spot, which is precisely where his father played.
Rangers -- Top five selections
|14||LHP||Matthew Purke||Klein HS|
|44||RHP||Tanner Scheppers||No School|
|62||3B||Thomas Mendonca||Fresno St U|
|93||LHP||Robert Erlin||Scotts Valley HS|
|124||RHP||Andrew Doyle||U Oklahoma|
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Sierra's best tool may be his blazing speed. Perfect Game USA, an organization that puts together showcases and tournaments across the U.S., reports Sierra Jr. has run a 4.18 40-yard dash and a 6.38 60-yard dash. If reliable, those are incredibly fast times."I haven't seen him run, but [those times] wouldn't surprise me," Daniels said.
Sierra Jr. also has a powerful arm, as he has been clocked in the low 90s while throwing from the outfield. As a lefty, he has hit the upper 80s on the mound."We felt the strength of the Draft was pitching," Daniels said. "I think that talks to how difficult it is to find young position players, whether it be through the Draft or to sign them."
Day 2 Roundup:
Round 4 -- Andrew Doyle, RHP, University of Oklahoma: Doyle is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-handed junior. He led OU in innings over the past two seasons. He was previously drafted in the 39th round by the Washington Nationals out of Alleman High School (Rock Island, Ill), where he set school records for wins in a season and over his career.
Daniel Paulling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.