ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers selected outfielder Bubba Thompson with the 26th overall pick and shortstop Chris Seise with the 29th overall pick Monday night in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Thompson, a senior out of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Alabama, hit .429 with 11 home runs, 35 RBI, and had an .857 slugging percentage while also stealing 18 bases. The Alabama Sports Writers Association named the right-handed batter and thrower their Player of the Year and also a First Team All-State selection.
Baseball America had Thompson as the top prospect from Alabama, the eighth-best outfielder, and the 25th-best prospect overall. The two-sport star in both baseball and football is committed to the University of Alabama to play baseball.
Seise, a 6-2, 175-pounder out of West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida, batted .413 with 31 runs scored, 24 RBI, and 16 extra-base hits in 2017. The Colorado Rockies selected Seise’s brother, Anthony, in the 20th round of the 2012 June Draft.
The Rangers pick again at slot 66th overall in the second round, which takes place later Monday evening.