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Johnathan Taylor Drafted By Texas Rangers, Your New Favorite American League Team

Day three of the MLB Draft is, for the most part, a free day. General managers save up their would't-it-be-cool-if flyers for day three, with many picking high school and community college studs who are likely already set on going to play college ball, as the Braves did with Craig Kimbrel in 2007's 33rd round before picking him again in 2008's third. 

The Texas Rangers made a move during Wednesday's round No. 33 that's not going to pay off on the diamond, but is definitely going to give them an Athens fanbase: selecting partially paralyzed Georgia Bulldogs OF Johnathan Taylor.

Taylor was severely hurt in a March 6 game against FSU while colliding with teammate Zach Cone, who was also picked by the Rangers. The team has made an effort to ensure Taylor he's still an important part of the program, including bringing him out to the team's win at Turner Field over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.