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June 09, 2009

Rangers draft pitcher Matthew Purke

The Texas Rangers selected Klein High School left-hander Matthew Purke with the 14th pick in this year’s MLB Draft.

Purke, who has signed with TCU, said he is seeking a $7 million to $7.5 million contract, similar to the major league contract that Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello signed in 2007.

“We’re going to work hard to get something worked out,” said Purke, who went 4-2 with a 1.18 ERA this past season. “I told them that I would negotiate and do what I can to be in a Rangers uniform. I think we’ll get a deal done. I want to be wearing the red, blue and white. If not, though, I’ll be in Fort Worth playing for TCU.”

Rangers president Nolan Ryan called Purke and his advisor, Peter Vescovo of Houston’s Select Sports Group a couple hours before the draft to see what it would take to get Purke signed.

Ryan, along with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, watched Purke throw on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

“Our scouts like Matt’s makeup and ability,” Daniels said. “He’s a left-hander that profiles well into what we’re trying to do in this organization. We look forward to him becoming a Texas Ranger.”

- Drew Davison

Here's the MLB scouting report on Purke.



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