Texas Rangers Smart to Pick Alex Gonzalez in First Round of 2013 MLB Draft

By Michael Terrill
Texas Rangers Smart to Pick Alex Gonzalez in First Round of 2013 MLB Draft
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The Texas Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Alex Gonzalez with the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. The Rangers got a potential steal with Gonzalez considering where in the draft he was chosen.

Gonzalez spent three years at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma where he dominated the competition. There is no telling what the 21-year-old will be able to accomplish at the next level. Some say he will be able to handle a spot in the starting rotation, while others believe he is destined to be a lights out closer. Regardless, there is little doubt that he will be able to perform at a high level in the minors and big leagues.

Gonzalez may not have the strongest arm among the pitchers in the 2013 draft class, but he does have solid command that allows him to consistently throw pitches in the strike zone. He also has the endurance and the right stuff to get him deep into ball games, which is a huge plus at the next level.

He showcases three above-average pitches that will take him far on his journey in professional baseball. His fastball will sit in the low-90s, but the fact that he is able to pin-point it is why it is considered a top-notch pitch. He is not afraid to go after batters when bringing the heat, which is something that has done him good but could hurt him if he is not careful.

Gonzalez also offers a great slider and changeup. The slider is considered his best pitch. It is something that he throws with a lot of confidence, and the best part is he plans on improving it in the minors. He will throw it in the high-80s with a lot of break, which tends to keep hitters off guard on a consistent basis. Meanwhile, his changeup still needs work only because he does not have a lot of confidence in it. The fact is he will not need to throw it consistently to be a successful pitcher in the big leagues considering how well his other two pitches work for him.

Texas certainly made the right call drafting Gonzalez, a move they will not regret. Rangers fans should expect to see the pitcher sooner rather than later, depending on how well he can rise through the Minor League system.

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