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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Rangers Could Target LHP Hunter Virant In 1st Round

The 2012 MLB Draft is fast approaching. The Texas Rangers may target LHP Hunter Virant in the first round.

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07:  MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The 2012 MLB Draft will be here in just a couple of months, but already major league teams are preparing by scouting and targeting players to potentially select. The Texas Rangers hold the No. 29 overall pick in the first round in the June 4 draft.

According to Chris Crawford of MLB Draft Insider, the Rangers may be selecting a pitching prospect in the first round. Crawford sees left-handed pitcher Hunter Virant as a good fit for the team. Virant is a 6'3 pitcher from Camarillo High School in California. ESPN pegs Virant as a pitcher to watch in the upcoming draft.

Virant is a five-star prospect who has signed a letter of commitment to pitch for the UCLA Bruins, but perhaps the Rangers could convince him to go pro out of high school. He's rated at a 92 by ESPNU and is the 6th-best pitching prospect in the class of 2012.

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