Alexander Gonzalez… he and his wife, the former Maria Alejandra Bejarano-Alva (4/13/17), had their first child, Natalia (10/18/17), over the offseason…named the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, finishing 2nd in the nation with 126 strikeouts…went 9-5 with a 1.83 ERA (23 ER/113.1 IP) and 126 strikeouts against 27 walks in 15 starts as a junior at Oral Roberts University…won the Summit League Pitcher of the Year award as a freshman and was named a 2011 NCBWA Freshman All-American… was previously an 11th-round pick by the Orioles in 2010 out of Boca Raton High School in Boca Raton, Fla. before opting to attend Oral Roberts…given the nickname "Chi Chi" by his great uncle…parents were born in Cuba…favorite player growing up was pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez…enjoys fishing and being by the water.
Missed the entire season with an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow and underwent season-ending 'Tommy John' ligament replacement surgery on 7/24…made 3 starts in spring training, going 0-1, 9.39 ERA, with last outing on 3/14 at ARI (2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R-7 ER)…was originally shut down after that outing for 6 weeks when a partial tear was diagnosed, taking a rest and rehab approach, along with a platelet-rich plasma injection…spent the entire season on the 60-day disabled list before he was reinstated on 11/6…was not tendered a 2018 contract offer on 12/1, making him a free agent…re-signed with Texas to a minors deal on 12/4.
Made 3 starts with the Rangers during his lone stint with the club from 6/27-7/7, going 0-2 while allowing 13 runs (10 ER) in 10.1 IP…took ND on 6/27 at NYY (5.0 IP, 5 R-ER, career-high 10 hits), a Rangers comeback win that featured a rain delay of 3:35 in the 9th inning…recorded 2 outs on 7/2 at MIN, a 17-5 defeat and was optioned to Round Rock following club's 10-1 loss on 7/7 vs. MIN (4.2 IP, 4 R-ER)… went 2-3, 2.59 (12 ER/41.2 IP) in 1st 6 career ML starts in 2015, averaging nearly 7.0 IP per start…last 7 ML starts: 1-4, 7.76 (25 ER/29.0 IP), just over 4.0 IP per start.
Went 4-6 with 3.90 ERA (29 ER/67.0 IP) in 14 games/10 starts over three stints with the Rangers: May 30-July 3, Aug. 13-17, and Sept. 11- end of season…his .202 opponents average (49-242) was 10th lowest in A.L. among pitchers with at least 65.0 innings, sixth-lowest ever by a Texas rookie with as many innings pitched…posted five quality starts, tied for sixth on staff, and his three losses in quality starts tied for most on team (also Nick Martinez)…made seven starts as a member of the rotation during the initial stint, and each of first 10 outings were starts before finishing the year with four relief outings.
Compiled the lowest ERA among Texas farmhands and tied for the organizational lead in wins…combined to go 12-6 with a 2.66 ERA (41 ER/138.2 IP) and 113 strikeouts over 26 games/25 starts with Frisco (Class AA) and Myrtle Beach (Class A+)…opened season with Pelicans and was a mid-season Carolina League All-Star… when promoted to Frisco on June 9, ranked among CL leaders in ERA (5th), WHIP (3rd), and opp. average (4th)…named organization's May Minor League Pitcher of the Month (4-0, 1.59, 6 ER/34.0 IP, 26 SO, 10 BB in 5 GS)…had a no-hitter broken up in the seventh inning of his start on May 20 at Frederick…posted the fourth-lowest ERA (2.70) in the Texas League from June 9 through the remainder of the season…compiled a 4.50 ERA (8 ER/16.0) over his first four Class AA starts and a 2.20 ERA (14 ER/57.1 IP) over his final 11 games/10 starts…started Frisco's playoff opener and earned the victory on Sept. 3 vs. Midland (6.0 IP, 2 R-ER, 7 SO)
Reached Class High-A Myrtle Beach in professional debut…combined to go 0-4 with a 3.80 ERA (18 ER/42.2 IP) in 14 games/starts between Spokane (short-A) and Myrtle Beach…debuted with Spokane on June 14…compiled a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP) with 9 SO against 2 BB over his final three starts…promoted to Myrtle Beach on Aug.8 and posted a 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP) over final three starts… started Game 2 of the Carolina League semifinals.