The Texas Rangers, with the 10th overall selection in the 2002 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, selected shortstop Drew Meyer from the University of South Carolina.
Meyer, 20, is batting .379 with 6 homers, 36 rbi, and 36 stolen bases while starting all 66 games for the Gamecocks this season. The lefthanded batter has been selected as a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and is the first team shortstop on the Southeastern Conference all-star team. Meyer leads the SEC in hits (111), a school record, and steals and ranks second in runs scored (77). The junior has a three-year career average of .335 with 24 homers, 122 rbi, and 69 steals in 200 games and is second on the all-time school list in hits (276).
Meyer is from Charleston, South Carolina, where he starred at Bishop England High School. He played on the U.S. Junior National Team in 1999 and for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2000.
South Carolina is 51-15 this season and will host the University of Miami (FL) in an NCAA Super Regional this weekend with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
"We felt that Drew Meyer was the most complete player available to us in the draft," commented Grady Fuson, Rangers Assistant General Manager for Scouting and Player Development. "He brings a combination of speed and offensive and defensive skills that are a big plus. I was really sold on the passion with which he plays the game and with his instincts on the field. We look forward to him joining the Rangers organization."
This is the fifth time that Texas has selected a shortstop with its first pick, the last being Benji Gil in 1991.
The Rangers do not have a selection in the second, third, fourth, and fifth rounds as the result of free agent compensation. Beginning with the sixth round, Texas will select tenth in each round with its sixth round choice being the 172nd overall pick.