By RYAN CZACHORSKI
---- — The Texas Rangers came to Effingham County to bolster the ranks of their minor league pitching corps over the weekend. Both Nick Gardewine (Effingham, Kaskaskia College) and Derek Thompson (Teutopolis, John A. Logan) were drafted by and signed with the Texas Rangers this weekend. Gardewine was drafted in the seventh round Friday and signed Saturday, while Thompson was drafted and signed by Sunday.For Gardewine, the Rangers met with him Saturday and did all the convincing necessary. "Probably just the fact that it was a top 10 round pick," Gardewine said. "The money I was looking for was there, and more, and just the fact that I've always wanted to further my career and professionally."Thompson did not return phone calls over the weekend after the Logan sophomore was drafted Saturday. The third time was the charm for the former Teutopolis ace, after being drafted in the 29th round by Minnesota in 2011 and the 13th round by the Chicago White Sox last year. ESPN Dallas reported that Thompson, and Gardewine, were among the Rangers' prospects to sign over the weekend. It'll be on to rookie ball for Gardewine and most likely Thompson for the Rangers to see how the pair fare in their first short-season minor league action."I'll be going to rookie ball in Arizona, in Surprise, Arizona," Gardewine said. "You start out there, see how you progress. In October, you come back home."From there, they'll enter Spring Training next year and hopefully be placed on a full season minor-league roster.Before that happens, Gardewine has been spending time with friends and family before he leaves for Arizona either Wednesday or Thursday. He also has had one other priority too, among all the excitement. "Trying to sleep a lot, actually, I haven't been getting too much of it," he said. "It's definitely pretty exciting, all of it's happening pretty fast."