Rangers introduce top three draft picks, announce six more signed deals

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The Texas Rangers’ top draft pick could use a nap. It’s been a whirlwind four days for right-handed pitcher Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez, who was introduced at Rangers Ballpark on Monday along with top picks Travis Demeritte and Akeem Bostick.

The Rangers announced they signed six more draft picks, including the trio introduced before Monday’s game. Gonzalez, who pitched three years at Oral Roberts, received a $2,215,000 signing bonus after being selected No. 23 overall Thursday. Demeritte, a first-round shortstop taken as the 30th overall pick, received $1.9 million. Bostick, a right-handed pitcher, received $520,000 after being selected 62nd overall in the second round.

All three players were cheered on by family and friends. Gonzalez had 10 friends and family members on hand.

“It’s unreal,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t think you could dream something like this. It’s awesome to be in this situation and have the family that I have and all the friends that are here and wanted to come see me sign this.”

Gonzalez, 21, flew to Texas from his home in Boca Raton, Fla., Sunday. He went through a complete medical examination with team doctors on Monday before finalizing his contract. He leaves for Spokane, Wash., Tuesday to play in the Northwest League, a short-season A league, which begins June 19.

“It’s been tiring,” he said. “Staying up late and waking up early. It’s been really fun. Days to really remember. You never forget these days.”

Demeritte and Bostick have been assigned to the Arizona League. Both grew up Yankees fans, but are psyched to be Rangers.

“I’ve never been to Texas,” said Bostick, whose cousin Brandon Bostick plays football for the Green Bay Packers. “Everybody I’ve talked to about Texas since I was little always talked about cattle and rodeo and stuff like that. I haven’t seen any of that yet.”

Rangers director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg said Gonzalez has a “unique blend of power and command.”

“We’re very excited and looking forward to getting Chi-Chi in a Texas Rangers uniform and get him out there pitching right now,” Fagg said.

Bostick is a 6-foot-5 right-hander who has a “plus fastball and [is] very much a downhill pitcher,” Fagg said.

Demeritte said he’s excited to play for an organization rich with top shortstops.

“I couldn’t have written the script any better,” he said. “I’m very thankful the Texas Rangers drafted me and I’m ready to play some baseball. Looking at these guys who have come up through the system is obviously a testimony to how good the farm system is.”

The Rangers also signed 11th-round pick Ryan Cordell (CF), 18th-round pick David Gates (RHP) and 29th-rounder Justin Sprenger (RHP). The club has signed or agreed to terms with nine of its top 10 picks and 11 of its first 13 selections. The Rangers have agreements with 18 of 41 draftees so far.

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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