ARLINGTON The eight months leading up to the MLB draft were trying ones for the Rangers’ third round pick, third baseman Kole Enright.
The Winter Gardens, Fla., native originally committed to play his college ball at Coastal Carolina. But the assistant who recruited him, Joe Hastings, left the program and in October Enright found out his scholarship was pulled.
He eventually signed with Stetson for college but there’s a reason Rangers scouting director Kip Fagg introduced Enright as a player with a chip on his shoulder at a press conference announcing Texas’ top three picks.
“It was a humbling experience. Very eye opening,” Enright explained.”It really made me grow up as a person and individual. I don’t think I could be any more ready for this experience now.”
Enright and his family did not plan anything special for the first night of the draft. And why would they? The switch hitting third baseman, who batted .417 with four home runs and 34 runs scored as a senior, was not projected to be drafted in the first two rounds.
But during the second round he got a call from the Rangers. The club wanted him to know that they were going to target him in the third round, which guaranteed he would not slip into the fourth.
Enright found himself in a state of shock upon realizing his life long dream.
“It had been a crazy few months. A lot of ups and downs in the months before that and just the Lord gave me the opportunity to let me be the person that was picked by them,” Enright said. “It was a great moment.”
After the setback Enright suffered in the fall, all his father could do after that call was pull his son in for a long hug.
“Some tears were definitely shed,” Enright recalled. “Hours of hitting balls and him throwing to me and just that whole experience.”
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not think twice before he decided to sign with the Rangers instead of enroll in Stetson. His contract included a $675,000 signing bonus, a major league source confirmed to The Dallas Morning News.
Next Enright will report to the Arizona Rangers along with Texas’ first two picks, pitchers Cole Ragans and Alex Speas.
The fact that Enright and Ragans, the Rangers’ first round pick, played travel ball together with the Orlando Scorpions will only make their transition to professional ball easier.
“I hope to room with Cole and hope to move up through the ranks and hopefully be here with him one day,” Enright said as he stood in Globe Life Park.
That’s the vision in Fagg’s mind with this group. He even went so far as to compare the combination of Ragans, Speas and Enright to the 2012 draft class that netted the Rangers Joey Gallo and Lewis Brinson.
“I think it’s going to be neat to see these kids kind of grow together in our organization,” Fagg said.