ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers announced Friday they will purchase the contract of right-hander Alex ”Chi Chi” Gonzalez on Saturday, and he is scheduled to make his Major League debut that night, starting against the Boston Red Sox.
Gonzalez, 23, was 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts this season for Triple-A Round Rock. In 43 1-3 innings, he allowed 46 hits and walked 19 while striking out 26.
He was the Rangers’ minor league pitcher of the year last season, splitting time between Double-A Frisco and High-A Myrtle Beach. He combined to go 12-6 with a 2.66 ERA, striking out 113 in 138 2-3 innings.
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Gonzalez was the Rangers’ first-round draft pick, 23rd overall, in 2013. He was the Southland Conference’s Pitcher of the Year that season for Oral Roberts.