Jon Daniels didn’t spare the praise when talking about Rangers draft pick Luis Ortiz.

The Rangers general manager gushed about the right-handed pitcher from Sanger, California who Texas scooped up with the 30th overall pick in the draft Thursday.

“We took him 30th in the country obviously, but we liked him as a top half (of the first round) elite kind of talent,” Daniels said. “He has as good pure stuff as there is in the draft, and a strike-thrower to boot. Big velocity fastball with life. Out pitch power slider, repeatable delivery, and a big-time competitor. We didn’t expect him to be there for us, but we’re really happy he was.”

Ortiz, 18, is a big body, hard-thrower, and Daniels said he already has great stuff. Ortiz went 5-3 in his senior season with a 1.04 ERA. He posted 72 strikeouts and seven walks in 43.2 innings. He also was named MVP of the 18-and-under World Cup while playing for gold-medal winning Team USA. He had a win and three saves while pitching in relief for that squad.

Ortiz said he has never had a pitching coach and said he has modeled his game after Felix Hernandez. He said he would teach himself through repetition with either long toss practices or even watching himself in the mirror.

“I’ve never had a pitching coach, just learned from TV,” Ortiz said. “I can’t wait to have a pitching coach behind me.”

Ortiz was up to 245 pounds his junior season, but then went on a diet and dropped 40 pounds according to Baseball America. He has settled in at 220 pounds.