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Rangers Sign Second-Rounder Cody Buckel

Richard Durrett reports that the Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with their second round pick (72nd overall) Cody Buckel. He receives $590,000. Buckel is a right-handed high school pitcher from California whom Baseball America ranked as the 157th best talent in the 2010 draft.

Buckel is undersized for a righthander at 6 feet, 170 pounds. He does flash a big man's fastball at 92-94 mph. Buckel mixes in an excellent array of secondary pitches, with a curveball, changeup and cutter. His pitching idol is Tim Lincecum, and while his stuff is not as electric as the Giants ace's, he still displays the potential for four average to plus deliveries.

The Rangers still have supplemental first rounder Luke Jackson, another high school pitcher, yet to sign.

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