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Rangers Sign Gonzalez, Demeritte, Bostick

7:43pm: Gonzalez gets a signing bonus of $2.215MM, Demeritte will earn $1.9MM, and Bostick's deal is worth $520K, Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com tweets.

6:18pm: The Rangers announced that they have signed both of their first-round picks, Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez and Travis Demeritte.  Gonzalez was the No. 23 overall pick in the 2013 draft while Demeritte was tapped with the No. 30 selection.

Gonzalez, a right-handed pitcher, has been assigned to Spokane of the Northwest League while Demeritte, a shortstop, will go to the Arizona League.  Gonzalez, 21, had a 1.83 ERA with 126 strikeouts and 27 walks across 113 and 1/3 innings of work at Oral Roberts in his junior year.  His gaudy strikeout total was good for second in the nation in the college regular season.  Gonzalez was previously selected by the O's in the 11th round of the 2010 draft but did not sign.

Demeritte, 18, was plucked out of Winder-Barrow High School in Winder, Georgia where he was named the 11th-best high school position player in the draft by Baseball America.  Demeritte had committed to the University of South Carolina, but he liked his deal enough to turn pro.

Texas also inked their second-round pick, high school right-hander Akeem Bostick, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America (via Twitter).  Bostick, who comes from West Florence High School in South Carolina, was ranked No. 147 in the nation by Baseball America.  The youngster was a three sport star and was set to attend Georgia Southern both as pitcher and a wide receiver on the gridiron.








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