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June 04, 2012

Collin Wiles surprised by Rangers pick, but ready to join organization

Collin Wiles had a few friends over to his house on Monday night, but wasn't expecting to hear his name called on Day 1 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

But the Texas Rangers used the 53rd overall pick to take the right-hander from Blue Valley West High School in Kansas.

"I just wasn't expecting to go there, and then I hear my name called and the next thing I know, I'm under a dogpile with all of my friends," Wiles said. "It was insane, to be honest with you."

Wiles is a 6-foot-4, 187-pounder who saw his fastball go from 85-86 mph his junior season to 92-93 mph this season. He went 8-0 with a 0.10 ERA and 76 strikeouts over 49 1/3 innings. Wiles credited his jump in velocity from growing from a "scrawny" 6-foot, 135-pound freshman into what he is today.

Wiles was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year for Kansas. He has committed to Vanderbilt, but said he's signing with the Rangers.

"They matched what we were looking for, so it's basically a done deal," Wiles said. "Just pretty much waiting on a signature."

Wiles comes from an athletic family. His dad, Mitch, is the head baseball coach at Shawnee Mission South High School in Kansas, and played in college at the University of Kansas. His mom, Michelle, played college basketball at Kansas.

-- Drew Davison

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