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MLB Draft 2017: Rangers select Chris Seise with 29th overall pick

The Rangers made a surprising selection at pick 29.

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With the 29th pick in the draft, the Rangers have selected shortstop Chris Seise from West Orange High School in Florida. Seise wasn’t projected to go within the top 30 picks in any major mock drafts.

Seise, who has been listed between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-4 by various outlets, has impressive power potential and solid speed. It’s possible that he could end up outgrowing the shortstop position, but with guys like Brandon Crawford, Corey Seager, and D.J. LeMahieu now having success up the middle at the major-league level, his chances of sticking there are certainly better than they might have been 10 years ago.

As a high schooler who still needs to add some muscle, Seise is likely at least four or five years away from making an impact in the majors. The Rangers are in position to be patient with him, though, as starting middle infielders Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor are both under contract through 2022 with options for 2023.