The Draft is set to begin.

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If you were the
Diamondbacks and had the first pick in each round of the 2005 draft, you could
have taken these players, limited in hindsight solely to the players who eventually
went in each of the first 20 rounds:


1.      Ryan Braun

2.      Yunel Escobar

3.      Brett Gardner

4.      Brian Matusz

5.      Michael Kirkman

6.      Doug Fister

7.      Michael Brantley

8.      Austin Jackson

9.      Mark Wagner

10.  Josh Outman

11.  John Lannan

12.  Matt Joyce

13.  Josh Thole

14.  Pedro Alvarez

15.  Alex Hinshaw

16.  Andrew Bailey

17.  James Russell

18.  Desmond Jennings

19.  Ike Davis

20.  Andrew Cashner


For good measure, you could have taken Tommy Hanson in the
22nd round, Tyler Flowers in the 33rd, Chris Davis in the
35th, a skinny college sophomore-eligible pitcher named Tim Lincecum
in the 42nd, and a high school righthander (whom you might have
envisioned as a catcher) named Buster Posey in the 50th and final


We’re half an hour from go time, and among the experts there’s
almost as little certainty as to what Texas will do at 15 and 22 as there is in
Round 42, when five years ago Cleveland chose Lincecum but didn’t sign him, or Round
50, when the Angels used the draft’s 1,496th pick on Posey but didn’t
lure him from his commitment to Florida State.


OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration.  But even in the latest mock drafts posted by
seven different respectable outlets, some of which have been published in the last
hour or two, I count 12 different players who have been pegged as going to
Texas at 15 or 22.  I can’t remember a
crazier, more unpredictable first round, at least outside the war rooms.


Stay tuned for instant news flashes from Scott Lucas tonight,
once the Rangers announce their selections at picks 15, 22, 45, and 49.





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