The Texas Rangers announced on Friday that former RoughRiders pitcher Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock and added to the Major League 25-man roster, marking his first big league promotion. Gonzalez is expected to make his Major League debut tonight as the Rangers’ starting pitcher when they host the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
When he takes to the mound for Texas, Gonzalez will become the 131st former RoughRider to make the big leagues and the fifth in 2015. He joins Odubel Herrera (Phillies), Keone Kela(Rangers), Wilfredo Boscan (Pirates) and Hanser Alberto (Rangers), who received his first Major League promotion on Thursday.
Gonzalez, 23, was selected by the Rangers in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2013 draft out of Oral Roberts University. In 43.1 innings with Round Rock this season, the right-hander went 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA and a 26/19 SO/BB ratio. Over his last three starts, he allowed four earned runs in 16.1 innings.
Entering the season, he was rated among baseball’s 100 best prospects, including a #29 overall rating from Baseball Prospectus. Gonzalez was ranked the Rangers’ #5/6 prospect before the season by MLB.com/Baseball America.
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