The Rangers selected Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor in the 33rd round of the draft Wednesday. Taylor was partially paralyzed in a collision with Zach Cone, who the Rangers drafted in the supplemental first round Monday night.
Here is what the Rangers director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg had to say about the move.
“We thought selecting Johnathan was the right thing to do. We would have drafted him either way, regardless of any other circumstances involving his injury or Zach’s draft status. Our area scout in Georgia, Ryan Coe, has had a relationship with Johnathan since he was a high school player. The club has always liked his passion and ability as a player.
“A few weeks ago, myself and a couple other members of our department visited Zach Cone in Georgia in the course of normal pre-draft activity. We presented Zach with a Rangers jersey for Johnathan that had been signed by the entire club, and asked if Zach could deliver it to his teammate.
“As an organization, I think all of us are always trying to do the right thing in any situation. Taking Johnathan in the draft today, it was something we felt was right.”
Taylor is paralyzed from the waist down after breaking his neck in a collision during a March game against Florida State. He is in a rehab facility.
- Anthony Andro