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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Rangers Select LHP Matt Smoral

The Texas Rangers hold the No. 29 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, which is drawing closer as the summer approaches. Most mock drafts and prospect analysts seem to agree that the Rangers will be targeting a pitcher in the first round. The latest mock draft suggests a new name.

Jim Callis at Baseball America has posted the latest version of their mock draft. Their version of the event has the Rangers using their first-round pick to select left-handed pitcher Matt Smoral out of Solon High School in Ohio.

Smoral stands at 6'8 and 225 pounds and was a Rawlings first team All-American in 2012. He has committed to North Carolina, but perhaps the right offer from the Rangers could sway him to enter the system right away.

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