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June 08, 2011

More from the Rangers on the drafting of Georgia's Taylor

The Rangers didn't draft Georgia's Johnathan Taylor in the 33rd round to get any publicity, but they're certianly received plenty.

Taylor, who was partially paralyzed in a collision with Rangers draftee Zach Cone, was taken in the 33rd round by the Rangers Wednesday.

Kip Fagg, the team's director of amateur scouting, was surprised by how much attention the pick has received.

"As an organization we did it because Ryan Coe, our area guy there, had a relationship with the kid," Fagg said. "We took a player out of there pretty high in the draft from the same school who was involved in the tragedy. We just felt like it was the right thing to do because Zach's coming into our family now and J.T and him were really tight and we felt like it was the right thing to do from the family aspect of it."

Fagg said he hasn't spoken with Taylor, but from watching game tape he could tell the kind of hard-nosed player he was before he got hurt.

- Anthony Andro

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