Matt McLain; photo by Eddie Kelly/ProLook Photos

Preview of the Texas Rangers draft 2021: who will they select with 2nd overall pick?

Who will the Texas Rangers draft with the 2nd overall pick in 2021? While it is still way to early to know the exact prospect the Texas Rangers will select with their 2nd overall pick, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at some of the players.

I don’t think the Rangers know who they are going to pick at this moment because so much can and will change. It’s still fun to consider who they might pick if the draft were coming up.

While I was on the #RockerWatch bandwagon, I’m not 100 percent sure the Rangers will select a pitcher with their 1st Round pick.

I would venture to say that many Texas Rangers fans expect them to draft a pitcher. I wouldn’t bet money on it. There are quite a few shortstops are on this short list and we know the Rangers aren’t afraid to reach for a pick if they are high on them.

Here’s the list of prospects the Rangers may select.

Kumar Rocker

Age: 21 | Height: 6’5 | Weight: 250 Position: Right-handed pitcher | School: Vanderbilt | Originally drafted: 2018 by the Colorado Rockies in the 38th round

Rocker pitches for Vanderbilt and seems to be the favorite number one pick as we speak. Alot can change between now and the draft but Rocker can throw a baseball. He threw a no-hitter against Duke in 2019. His fastball reaches between 95-97 mph and he throws a killer slider that reaches between 85-88 mph.

Some stats from 2020

AppearancesGames StartedInnings PitchedEarned Run Average Walks Strikeouts WHIPBAA
33151.808280.933.118

Most of the Mock drafts have Rocker being selected with the number one pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Jack Leiter

Age: 20 | Height: 6’0 | Weight: 195 Position: Right-handed pitcher | Age: 20 | School: Vanderbilt | Originally drafted: 2019 by the New York Yankees in the 20th round

Leiter is the son of former Major-League pitcher, Al Leiter.

Here are some stats from 2020:

Appearances Games startedInnings pitched Earned Run Average WalksStrikeouts WHIPBAA
4315.21.728220.83.098

As you can see, he was off to a fantastic start. He’s got a fastball (92-95 mph), slider (78-82 MPH) and curveball (74-75 MPH).

MLB.com has him ranked as the number 6 ranked draft prospect for 2021.


Jordan Lawlar

Age: 18 | Height: 6’1 | Weight: 170 | Position: SS | Bats: R | Throws: R | School: Dallas Jesuit Prep

Jordan Lawlar, photo by: Eddie Kelly/ProLook

Lawlar is a shortstop from Dallas Jesuit Prep, that bats from the right side of the plate. Lawlar lives in Irving Texas, so he’s a local kid which would make for an interesting draft for the Rangers. He’s got great athleticism, speed, plays great defense and some scouting reports show him being advanced at the plate for his age. He doesn’t have alot of power but that is something that is expected to further develop. These are all things the Rangers could use looking into the future at such a premium position. Again, it’s way early but alot of mocks have the Rangers drafting Lawlar.


Matt McLain, SS | Age: 21

Matt McLain, photo by Eddie Kelly/ProLook Photos

McLain is a shortstop that plays for the UCLA Bruins. He was selected in the 1st round of the 2018 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks but chose college instead. I saw him in person during the Frisco Classic in 2020 and was one of the members of the media that voted McLain as the MVP. In three games at the plate, he batted .471 and had 7 RBIs.

Some stats from 2020

GamesPlate Appearances Batting Average Home RunsRBIStolen basesWalksStrikeouts On-base percentage Slugging Percentage On-base plus slugging
UCLA1364.3973191413.397.6211.043
Stats from baseball-reference.com

After the College season was canceled, McLain played 30 games with the Santa Barbara Foresters, an Independent team. He slashed a .436 average with 7 dingers and 28 RBIs. The power is progressing.

Most of the mock drafts I have seen have McLain going within the top 10 but none have the Rangers drafting him.


Mock drafts have been pretty consistent with the same top players but a couple actually have Rocker falling to the Rangers. Time will tell. Keep checking back here because once baseball starts again, stocks will rise and fall and we will add more prospects to the list.

My choice as of December 25, 2020

If I am the Rangers GM I am selecting Jordan Lawlar with the 2nd pick.

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