L-R: Akeem Bostick second round draft pick and first round draft picks Alex Gonzalez and Travis Demeritte at the Texas Ranger press conference at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 10, 2013
Following the lead of his former Class-A Myrtle Beach and current new Double-A Frisco teammate Joey Gallo, Rangers pitching prospect Chi Chi Gonzalez had himself a pretty spectacular debut on Tuesday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
A night after Gallo, who leads all of pro baseball with 22 home runs, sent a ball into the night for a walk-off, three-run homer, Gonzalez made his starting debut in Double-A after leading the Rangers' High-A affiliate in the Carolina League in both wins and ERA.
You could say things went pretty well for last year's first-round pick.
Gonzalez worked five innings against Midland (A's), gave up one hit and fanned six on just 60 pitches — beautifully efficient and effective.
Like Gallo, Rangers fans shouldn't expect to see Gonzalez in Arlington this year, no matter how bad things get. But you could expect to see him at some point next season if he progresses well. If Tuesday night's debut was any sign, that's not an impossible thing to believe.