TULSA, Okla. – With the 23rd pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Texas Rangers selected junior right hander Alex Gonzalez, making him the highest draft pick at ORU since Mike Moore went first overall in 1981. Gonzalez and starting shortstop Nate Goro, who was drafted in the 27th round by the Los Angeles Angels, have both signed professional contracts to continue their playing careers.
The pair of draftees continues ORU’s success in the Major League Baseball Draft, making it nine of the last 10 years in which ORU has had at least two players drafted. The lone exception was 2011, when ORU still had one player (Nick Baligod) drafted, with another (Chris Elder) signing a free agent contract with Kansas City.
Gonzalez has been assigned to the Spokane Indians, a Class A affiliate of the Rangers, where he will join former Golden Eagle Cam Schiller, who was a seventh-round pick by the Rangers in 2012. Gonzalez is scheduled to make his first appearance for the Indians on Friday night against the Everett Aquasox.
Watch the Rangers’ Press Conference: http://orueagl.es/17KfDRY
Watch Fox Sports’ Coverage of Gonzalez Being Drafted: http://orueagl.es/10g1fhF
Goro is currently on his way to Phoenix, Ariz., to join the Arizona League Angels, where he will begin his career with the rookie league team.