Rangers take RHP, SS in 1st round of MLB draft

The Texas Rangers chose a college pitcher with their top pick in the Major Leauge Baseball draft.

The Rangers took right-hander Alex Gonzalez from Oral Roberts with the 23rd overall pick. They had last used their top choice on a college player in 2008.

Texas got high school shortstop Travis Demerritte with the 30th overall pick, their compensation for slugger Josh Hamilton signing with the Los Angeles Angels during free agency last winter. Demeritte hit .404 with 12 home runs for Barrow High School in Winder, Ga.

Gonzalez was 9-5 with a 1.83 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 113 1-3 innings. The Southland Conference pitcher of the year went to Oral Roberts after being an 11th-round pick by Baltimore three years ago out of Boca Raton High in Florida.

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