Rangers sign both 1st-round picks from draft

The Texas Rangers have signed both of their first-round picks from last week's amateur draft.

Right-handed pitcher Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez and high school shortstop Travis Demeritte completed physicals Monday and have signed their contracts.

Gonzalez was the 23rd overall pick out of Oral Roberts. Demeritte was taken No. 30 out of Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia.

Gonzalez was 9-5 with a 1.83 ERA in his final season at Oral Roberts. He struck out 126 in 113 1-3 innings. He was assigned to Class-A Spokane.

Demeritte hit .404 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs as a senior at Winder-Barrow. He's headed to the rookie-level Arizona League.

Texas also signed its second-round pick, right-hander Akeem Bostick from West Florence High School in South Carolina. The 18-year-old Bostick was assigned to the Arizona League.

The Rangers have agreed to terms with nine of their first 10 draft picks.


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