Preston Beck thought he would be selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of last weekend’s MLB First Year Player Draft, but instead, the Texas Rangers swooped in and grabbed him with the pick before New York. And no offense to the Yanks, but Beck--a UT Arlington product who once played summer ball under Rangers’ great Rusty Greer--is pretty happy about it.
"It's definitely good to go to the Rangers instead of the Yankees," Beck said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I'm excited to take the next step in my baseball career."
As a junior with the Mavericks, Beck hit .335 with a Southland Conference-high 14 home runs and 77 RBIs. UTA won the Southland, but Beck and co. watched their season come to an end as they were eliminated from the Waco regional over the weekend.
"I felt like it was a really good season," Beck said. "In the future, I see myself getting bigger and stronger and continuing to grow as a baseball player."