The MLB Draft ended this weekend and the Texas Rangers added to an already-loaded minor league system. With the 23rd pick in the first round the Rangers drafted Alex Gonzalez RHP from Oral Roberts. He was valued by most experts between 15-20 so the Rangers certainly scored in value.
Gonzalez isn’t particularly polished nor does he possess a deep arsenal of pitches. He primarily relies on his fastball (low 90’s) and a ridiculous slider (high 80’s) to get outs. He has a mediocre change-up and curve but will need to work on them for them to translate to the big leagues.
The good news with Alex Gonzalez is he could realistically be ready for the majors within the next two years. Most likely working out of the bullpen he could eventually crack the rotation if he gets consistency from his change-up and curve. Alex Gonzalez is seen as a safe and smart pick
Their second first round pick at #30 was SS/3B Travis Demeritte from Georgia HS. Demeritte offers more boom and bust potential than Alex Gonzalez. He is young and raw but possesses amazing athleticism and fantastic bat speed. Given the current depth in the middle infield (Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar, Ian Kinsler), Demeritte will most likely focus on 3rd base. He’s years away from contributing in the majors but he’s someone to keep an eye on anyway.
The rest of the draft picks fall in line with the Rangers model of targeting potential and athleticism. This philosophy takes patience but with a farm system as deep as the Rangers, it seems fitting.
Draft Grade: B
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