The Western Iowa Community College Reivers just won their third National Junior College title in the last five years, and right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson, who was taken by the Rangers in the eighth round, was a big reason behind it.

Swanson pitched in 14 games for Western Iowa and was 10-1 with a 2.39 ERA. He averaged 11.05 strikeouts. In the Junior College World Series, he threw a five-hit shutout against Midland to earn Outstanding Pitcher honors. He was also the winning pitcher in the regional final to put his team in the JUCO World Series.

"He has a big projectable body, an average to plus fastball in the mid 90s," scouting director Kip Fagg said.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Morgan continues trend of taking middle infielders

Draft Report: Josh Morgan, HS Shortstop

The middle infielders keep coming as the Rangers selected high school shortstop Joshua Morgan from Orange (Ca.) Lutheran in the third round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

Morgan was the third straight high school player taken by the Rangers to start the Draft. But after taking him to start the second day of the Draft, the Rangers focused mainly on college pitching. Their picks included three junior college pitchers plus a Big 8 left-hander who just had Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

Morgan, at 5-foot-11, is described as another good athlete with hitting potential who could play shortstop or move to the outfield. He has speed, a plus arm and good offensive potential, which ranked him among the top shortstop prospects in the Draft. He has a scholarship waiting for him at UCLA and fits the Rangers' desire to load up an athletic players in the middle of the diamond.

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"He is a very good player," scouting director Kip Fagg said. "Plus-hitter, played at a very high level of amateur baseball on Team USA. He is a very exciting player. We're glad to get him in the fold."

Morgan played in 85 games in a four-year career at Orange Lutheran and hit .307 with a .401 on-base percentage but with just 18 doubles and two home runs in 231 at-bats.

Morgan did an interview with Baseball America earlier this year and was asked what his best attributes were.

"My strengths are never taking a play off," Morgan said. "I think I play really aggressively. I feel as though I am a good team leader. If you make a mistake, I am not going to get on you for it, but I am going to let you know what you might want to do the next time you get that opportunity again. I feel as though I am a very easy person to get along with. I feel like a have a fun personality to play the game with because I don't take the game too seriously and am always having fun out there."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Needing lefties in Minors, Rangers take Martin

The Rangers could use more left-handed pitching in their farm system, and they selected one in the fourth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday. With the 126th overall pick, the Rangers took 6-foot-4 left-hander Brett Martin from Walters State (Tenn.) College.

Martin pitched in 16 games, including six starts, and was 9-2 with a 3.83 ERA for Walters State. He struck out 63 batters and walked 31 in 4 21/3 innings. Opponents hit .211 off him. Martin was originally planning to go to the University of Tennessee, but he transferred to Walters State after the fall semester.

He has only thrown 134 2/3 innings over his last three years, including his final two seasons in high school so the Rangers could be getting a fresh arm with a high ceiling.

"A good frame, good angle on his fastball and spin on his breaking ball," scouting director Kip Fagg said.

The Rangers have seven pitchers in their Top 20 prospects as ranked by MLB.com, but only one is a left-hander.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Fifth pick coming back from Tommy John surgery

Wes Benjamin was 4-0 before undergoing surgery.

The Rangers took another left-handed pitcher in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, but they will have to wait to see if it's a good pick.

The Rangers drafted left-hander Wes Benjamin out of the University of Kansas, but he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-April. He had pitched in six games for the Jayhawks before having surgery on April 10. He was 4-0 with a 4.22 ERA as a junior before the injury.

"The biggest thing was Wes looked like he was getting better and better before the surgery," assistant general manager A.J. Preller said. "He had a very good game early on against Stanford. We feel in a year the odds are going to be on our side and he should be back to normal or even better. Also, we're betting on the person and all indications are he is a guy you want to bet on."

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

"He had a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which was reconstructed with the Tommy John procedure," Andrews said in statement to the school's website. "The procedure went great and we expect a full recovery in nine to 12 months. He will be allowed to start some interval throwing probably around four months post-op. His prognosis is good for a full recovery and he should be an excellent candidate in the next professional baseball Draft."

Benjamin is from St. Charles (Ill.) and was drafted by the Yankees in the 48th round in 2011. He made 15 starts for the Jayhawks as a sophomore and was 4-6 with a 4.40 ERA. He had 66 strikeouts and 33 walks in 88 innings. As a freshman, he was 5-7 with a 3.54 ERA in 15 starts.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Trevino has offensive potential

Jose Trevino belted 10 home runs and notched 43 RBIs.

The Rangers drafted a potential big bat in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft when they took infielder Jose Trevino from Oral Roberts University on Friday. He was a former teammate of pitcher Alex Gonzalez, who was the Rangers' No. 1 pick in 2013.

Trevino has played in 56 games for Oral Roberts and hit .304 with 37 runs, 10 home runs and 43 RBIs. He had a .359 on-base percentage and a .491 slugging percentage. He had 20 walks and just 25 strikeouts while playing primarily in the infield. Trevino can play shortstop and third base, but he was primarily a catcher as a sophomore.

The Rangers will look at him at multiple positions before making a call about his future.

"We like his bat," scouting director Kip Fagg said. "We have scouted him since high school and there is power in the bat."

Trevino was moved out from behind the plate because of his offense. He had 13 home runs as a freshman in 2012 and just eight as a sophomore as his batting average went from .317 to .241. Trevino played high school baseball at John Paul II in Corpus Christi and hit 25 home runs in his senior season. He chose Oral Roberts over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Missouri and TCU.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Seventh pick Green carries big arm

The Rangers took a potential power arm with their seventh-round pick by selecting right-hander Nick Green from Indian Hills (Co.) Community College.

Green has a big arm that can throw 94-95 mph with a plus curve. He was 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA for Indian Hills with 8.42 strikeouts and 3.46 walks per nine innings. He had a no-hitter in his team's conference tournament.

"He has a good breaking pitch, he can really spin the baseball," scouting director Kip Fagg said.

Green was drafted in the 35th round out of Fountain (Co.) Fort Carson High School last year. He had to overcome Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in high school after getting hit by a pitch.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Switch-hitting Votoloto has Texas roots

With their ninth-round pick, the Rangers took switch-hitting outfielder Doug Votoloto from the University of Central Arkansas. He played in high school locally at Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus.

The 6-foot-2 Votoloto hit .379 in 52 games as a senior, scored 50 runs and stole 26 bases in 31 attempts. He had a .456 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage. He was a reserve in his first three seasons at the Central Arkansas before winning a full-time job in the outfield.

"He is an energy type of player," scouting director Kip Fagg said. "He is a very good defender, a catalyst type of player. We're very excited to get him."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

To close out Day 2, Rangers take versatile Spivey

The Rangers drafted a catcher with their 10th round pick, selecting Seth Spivey from Abilene Christian. Spivey has also played in the infield, so versatility could be one of his assets.

"There is versatility in his game," assistant general manager A.J. Preller said. "Once we get [him] signed, we'll let them compete and then make a decision."

Spivey hit .341 in 52 games for the Wildcats with 13 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 33 RBIs. He had a .484 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging percentage as a senior and second-team All-Southland Conference selection.

He played high school in Brenham (Texas) and hit .407 on a 2010 team that won the Class 4A state championship. He played at Angelina Junior College before transferring to ACU.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.