2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Rangers Finish First Round With Kevin Matthews

33. Texas Rangers: Kevin Matthews (LHP, Richmond Hill HS, Georgia)

Your prototypical short (but not too short) left-hander, Matthews stands 5-11 (at best) but throws in the low 90s and has committed to the University of Virginia; in fact, his Twitter handle is reportedly "UVAbound11," but of course that might just be a clever negotiating tool.

Though not big, Matthews is plenty athletic and can supposedly dunk a basketball. His curveball is excellent for a high-schooler, and like most 18-year-old pitchers has plenty of work to do on his changeup. Then again, if he winds up in the bullpen - as some of the pundits expect -- he won't have much use for a changeup. His makeup is considered excellent, and he has the mound presence to thrive in relief if they do go in that direction.

The Rangers have selected live-armed-athletic-but-short southpaws(Robbie Erlin, Robbie Ross) in recent drafts, and Matthews fits well into that lineage.  

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