Rangers tab Gonzalez for Saturday start

ARLINGTON, Texas — Chi Chi Gonzalez, the top pitching prospect in the Texas Rangers organization, is set to make his major-league debut Saturday against Boston.

The Rangers will purchase his contract before the game.

Gonzalez, 23, is 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts for Triple A Round Rock. He was the Rangers’ first-round pick in the 2013 draft and was in major-league camp for the first time this spring.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said this is more of an opportunity for Gonzalez than it is a one-time deal to start for Texas. 

"He’s the best equipped and most deserving of the candidates right now," Daniels said. "Part of me would like to give him a little more time but at the same time we have a lot of confidence in both his pitch mix and maybe more so his maturity."

Left-hander Ross Detwiler, who is on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation, is also slated to pitch Saturday. Detwiler will pitch two innings for Double-A Frisco in his first rehab start.