Rangers' first round draft pick assigned to SpokanePosted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Texas Rangers' first-round draft pick is headed to Avista Stadium to play with the Spokane Indians. Kasey Kiker will report to Spokane on Thursday just hours before the Indians' exhibition game against the Spokane RiverHawks at 6:30 p.m.
Kiker was one of the nation's most electrifying high school pitchers in 2006. The left-handed starter went 31-6 with a .91 ERA and 474 strikeouts to only 85 walks during his career at Russell County High School. He was the 12th overall pick in the draft.
As a sophomore, Kiker was part of USA Baseball's Youth National Team that won a gold medal at the World Youth Championships in 2003. He earned a save in the gold medal game, with a scoreless seventh inning relief appearance.
Also assigned to the Indians is pitcher Michael Wagner, who had 59 strikeouts in 2006 for the Washington State Cougars. He was drafted by the Rangers in the 18th round. Wagner, from Woodinville, Washington, played for Vanderbilt University.