Rangers take Vandy RHP Leiter No. 2 overall
Jack Leiter grew up around the game of baseball, whether it was on fields around the country or in the MLB Network studios alongside his dad, two-time All-Star Al Leiter.
Now, the younger Leiter looks to follow in his father’s footsteps as the Rangers selected the pitching sensation with the No. 2 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft on Sunday. Leiter said on MLB Network that he attributes a lot of his success to growing up in and around the game.
Rangers general manager Chris Young said that Leiter was at the top of their board for months, and the organization zeroed in on him early in the college baseball season. Young was thrilled that Texas even had the opportunity to draft Leiter once the Pirates took Louisville catcher Henry Davis at No. 1 overall.
Leiter was ranked the top pitcher — and No. 2 overall prospect — in this year’s Draft, according to MLB Pipeline. The 21-year-old righty starred for Vanderbilt as a sophomore this season, racking up 179 strikeouts over 110 innings (tied with teammate Kumar Rocker, who was drafted at No. 10 overall by the Mets, for the most in Division I).
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The two right-handers led the Commodores to an appearance in the College World Series championship in 2021. Two of the last five pairs of college teammates selected in the first round have come out of Vanderbilt — David Price and Casey Weathers in 2007 and Dansby Swanson and Carson Fulmer in ‘15.