Rangers Release Former First Round Draft Pick

Rangers Release Former First Round Draft Pick

The Rangers have released pitcher Kasey Kiker, their No. 1 pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have released pitcher Kasey Kiker, their No. 1 pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Kiker, the 12th overall pick in 2006 out of Russell County (Ala.) High School, spent last season at Class A Myrtle Beach and went 3-4 with a 7.05 ERA in 30 appearances. He walked 52 batters in 44 2/3 innings pitched. He walked 46 in 40 innings in 2010.

The Rangers went into that Draft hoping to take pitcher Tim Lincecum out of the University of Washington, but the Giants took him with the 10th overall pick. The Rangers passed on pitchers Kyle Drabek and Ian Kennedy to take Kiker.

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