Jim Callis has posted his final 2011 MLB mock draft Monday, projecting Wyoming outfielder Brandon Nimmo to the Rangers at No. 33.
33. RANGERS: Texas has new ownership with money to spend and covets athletes. Swihart or Nimmo would fit the bill. The Rangers also have followed slugging California prep third baseman Travis Harrison.
Nimmo has been one of the names, along with Travis Harrison, Blake Swihart and Josh Osich, consistently connected with the Rangers. Callis mentions three of them here and projects Swihart to be picked one spot before Texas by the Rays.
Jon Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine have said that the Rangers intend to be opportunistic with their top picks and that they will review the relative values of players who could slide due to contract demands. That list could potentially include Swihart, Tyler Beede and Josh Bell, who Baseball America ranks as a top 15 prospect, but Callis does not project to be taken in the first round due to his correspondence with major league clubs.
See Callis' entire free first round projection here.