Beavan seals, Volquez deals.

According to local reports, Rangers first-round pick Blake Beavan got approximately $1.5 million to sign, which is about $100,000 over slot. The 6'7" righthander will head to Surprise for a strength and conditioning program, and he'll suit up for fall instructs next month. His first official game action won't come until 2008.

The club is optimistic that deals will get done with supplemental first-rounders Julio Borbon and Neil Ramirez before tonight's 10:59 p.m. signing deadline. Talks have broken off with fourth-rounder Garrett Nash, a Utah high school outfielder headed for Oregon State, but continue with Florida high school lefthander John Gast, who fell to the fifth round because he's coming off Tommy John surgery. Gast has committed to Florida State.

Stay tuned for news flashes as developments warrant today.

For now, a little music while you wait:

Volquez 7.0 4 1 1 1 11 0 1.89

He threw 113 pitches, an extremely efficient 77 for strikes.

Volquez's AAA numbers after last night's effort: 5-1, 1.89 in six starts, opponents' line of .148/.247/.203, no home runs, 50 strikeouts and 16 walks in 38 innings.

That's some player *development.*


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