Cole Winn '18 was drafted by the Rangers as the fifteenth overall pick in the first round of the MLB draft on June 4.
It’s been a busy week for Cole Winn ‘18. Last week, he was named Gatorade’s California Player of the Year. On Sunday, he crossed the stage at graduation. Less than 24 hours later, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers.
The right-handed starting pitcher, who transferred to Orange Lutheran in 2017, had 120 strikeouts and only 11 walks this season, with an earned run average of .20, according to OC Varsity.
“He has shown the ability to do things that I’ve never seen a kid do,” says varsity baseball head coach Eric Borba.
Cole helped Orange Lutheran defend their title as national champions at the National High School Invitational tournament, which was held in Cary, NC in March.
“That was probably the most fun week of baseball that I’ve had,” Cole says. “All the guys [came] together as a family and [had] fun.”
According to Coach Borba, Cole brings both talent and integrity to his new team.
“He’s a high-character kid who will treat people the right way. He’ll be the first person to the field, and the last one to leave.”
Cole was drafted by the Rangers as the fifteenth overall pick in the first round of the MLB draft. He is Orange Lutheran’s second first-round draft pick, joining Gerrit Cole ‘08, who is currently a starting pitcher for the Houston Astros.
Founded in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School, is a comprehensive private Christian co-educational college preparatory high school, grades 9-12, that exists to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. The culture and climate of Orange Lutheran is based on caring relationships that strengthen our community as a Lancer Family. High standards of excellence coupled with a warm, energetic atmosphere create a safe, nurturing environment where students can thrive, as they discover and develop their unique gifts, talents, and passions.