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Rangers Sign Both 1st Round Draft Picks



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    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

    The Texas Rangers have signed both of their first-round picks from last week's amateur draft.

    Right-handed pitcher Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez and high school shortstop Travis Demeritte completed physicals Monday and have signed their contracts.

    Gonzalez, the 23rd overall pick out of Oral Roberts, gets a $2,215,000 signing bonus, slightly above the slot value of $1,920,600.

    Demeritte, selected 30th out of Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia, receives $1.9 million, just above the slot value of $1,731,200. The Rangers received the pick as compensation when Josh Hamilton left to sign with the Los Angeles Angels.

    Gonzalez was 9-5 with a 1.83 ERA in his final season at Oral Roberts. He struck out 126 in 113 1-3 innings. He was assigned to Class A Spokane.

    Demeritte hit .404 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs as a senior at Winder-Barrow. He's headed to the rookie-level Arizona League.

    Texas also signed its second-round pick, right-hander Akeem Bostick from West Florence High School in South Carolina. The 18-year-old Bostick, the 62nd pick overall, gets $520,600, below the slot value of $899,400. He was assigned to the Arizona League.

    The Rangers have agreed to terms with nine of their first 10 draft picks.