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21 Chi Chi Gonzalez SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 1/15/1992 | Birthplace: Boynton Beach, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Texas | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 37/11 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rangers option SP Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Rangers starter Chi Chi Gonzalez has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, the team announced on Saturday. Gonzalez was lit up for six runs over 1 1/3 innings on Friday, though he had been quite impressive in his six previous starts. But his 15:19 K:BB ratio is certainly an area of concern.

Overall, the young right-hander posted a 3.74 ERA in the first seven starts of his career. 

To take his spot on the roster, the Rangers have right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from Round Rock.


Rangers' Chi Chi Gonzalez unable to escape second inning Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Rangers right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez endured the worst start of his young career in Friday's outing against the Angels. Gonzalez lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on five hits, as Texas lost 8-2.

Gonzalez was able to work around a two-out single in the first inning, but he got lit up for all six runs in the second inning, as the Angels were simply relentless against the young hurler.

The nightmare outing lifted his season ERA to a still-respectable 3.74 mark.

"I'm trying to stay positive," Gonzalez said, per MLB.com. "It's baseball. It's a game, it's fun. You win some, you lose some. I'm upset, sad I didn't give my team that full chance, but it's just another day. It's a game of failure. You want to remember it so you don't do it again."


Rangers SP Chi Chi Gonzalez drops third straight decision


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) After a hot start, Rangers starter Chi Chi Gonzalez has fallen back to Earth a bit, losing his third straight decision Sunday in Texas' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays. 

Gonzalez was a hard-luck loser, giving up three runs in six innings of work, but struggled a bit with his control, walking four while only striking out three. 

Gonzalez started his career with two victories in which he did not allow a run. Over his last four starts, he's given up 12 earned runs to drop to 2-3 on the season. His ERA rose to 2.59. 


Rangers' Chi Chi Gonzalez rouged up in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez gave up six earned runs in Tuesday inght's 8-6 defeat against the Athletics. 

Gonzalez had already allowed two runs before getting roughed up in the sixth inning for four runs, which included a home run from Rougned Odor. Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings, allowed eight hits, one walk and struck out one batter. 

Gonzalez fell to 2-2 and now has a 2.27 ERA for the season. 

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Blue Jays. 


Rangers calling up Anthony Ranaudo, pushing back rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) The Rangers will recall Anthony Ranaudo to pitch Thursday against the Dodgers, the team announced Wednesday. Ranaudo is expected to return to Triple-A Round Rock after Thursday's start, per The Dallas Morning News.

Ranuado's promotion means the rest of the rotation is getting pushed back. Colby Lewis will now start Friday's series opener the White Sox and be followed by Nick Martinez and Yovani Gallardo in the three-game series.

Chi Chi Gonzalez, who was slated to start Sunday, will be pushed back to Tuesday against the Athletics.


Rangers SP Chi Chi Gonzalez receives no-decision in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Despite pitching into the ninth inning Tuesday, Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez received a no-decision during the 3-2 win over the Dodgers.

Gonzalez allowed two runs on five hits over 8 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out two and walked two during the outing. His biggest mistake was giving up a two-run home run to Justin Turner in the ninth inning.

Over his first four starts this season, Gonzalez has allowed a total of three runs in 24 1/3 innings. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday at the Chicago White Sox.


Rangers SP Chi Chi Gonzalez takes loss in solid performance


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez was not the reason the Rangers lost 7-0 to the Athletics on Thursday.

Gonzalez threw seven innings, allowed eight hits and just one earned run. He struck out four batters, but his command was shaky as he walked three as well.

Gonzalez (2-1) picked up his first loss of the season, though it was his bullpen that got roughed up for six runs in the eighth inning. He has a 0.42 ERA with eight strikeouts and 10 walks in 21 2/3 innings this season.


Chi Chi Gonzalez throws complete game shutout for Rangers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) In his second career start, Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez pitched a complete game shutout to beat Kansas City. 

Gonzalez is 2-0 and hasn't allowed a run in 14 2/3 innings. 

On Friday, Gonzalez went nine, allowing three hits and two walks, while striking out two.

"It's incredible," Gonzalez said. "From first pitch to the last pitch, it was a lot of fun. It has been a good time."

"He was the poster boy for what we have been talking about with our pitchers," manager Jeff Banister said. "Three pitches or less, early contact and ground-ball outs."

His next start is Thursday, at Oakland. 


Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez dazzles in major-league debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his major-league debut on Saturday in Texas' 8-0 win over the Red Sox. Gonzalez worked through a jam in the second when he put runners on first and second after a walk to Sandy Leon by striking out Rusney Castillo.

Gonzalez settled down after that and did not allow a baserunner to reach past first until the sixth when David Ortiz ripped a leadoff double to center. He settled down and kept Ortiz from scoring when Pablo Sandoval hit a strong comebacker right to Gonzalez who caught Ortiz triyng to score.

"He settled in and did exactly what we saw in spring training - threw strikes," manager Jeff Banister said per the Associated Press. "When he missed, they were down. All in all, it was a really nice night for Chi Chi."

He was pulled with two outs in the sixth after allowing a double to Mike Napoli. Tanner Scheppers preserved the shutout with a strikeout of Brock Holt.

Gonzalez, who issued five walks with two strikeouts, is 1-0 and will look to keep things rolling Friday against the Royals.


Rangers DFA Tommy Field to call up Alex Gonzalez


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) As expected, the Rangers called up Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez to start Saturday's game.

To make room for Chi Chi on the roster, the Rangers designated infielder Tommy Field for assignment. 

Gonzalez was 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. Field was hitting .195 in 14 games for the Rangers. 


It's official: Rangers set to start Alex Gonzalez on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) What has been rumored is finally official - the Rangers have named Alex Gonzalez their Saturday starter against Boston, per MLB.com.

The righthander nicknamed "Chi Chi" has not overwhelmed batters at Triple-A Round Rock this season after an impressive run in the lower minors. He has just three quality starts in eight outings this season and owns a mediocre 4.15 ERA with just 26 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.


Rangers pitching prospect Alex Gonzalez could start Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/28/2015) With the Rangers having optioned pitcher Phil Klein to Triple-A on Thursday, the team has not named a starter for Saturday's contest against the Red Sox. One option could be left-hander Ross Detwiler, who is currently on the disabled list and is not certain to be ready in time for Saturday.

Anthony Bass is another possibility, but he threw 4 1/3 innings of relief on Wednesday, so he would not likely be able to give the Rangers very many innings in a start on Saturday.

The most likely scenario right now would be for the team to call up prospect Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez to make the start. Gonzalez was scratched from his start with Triple-A on Thursday, according to The Dallas Morning News. And the team did say he was not scratched due to a health issue, so it's possible a promotion could be in store for the young right-hander. 

Gonzalez, who was the team's first-round pick in the 2013 draft, has been pitching with Triple-A Round Rock this season and holds a 4.15 ERA over 43 1/3 innings. 


Rangers option Alberto; re-assign Alex Gonzalez, Ross Wolf


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Rangers optioned shortstop Hanser Alberto and re-assigned pitchers Alex Gonzalez and Ross Wolf to minor-league camp Tuesday.

Alberto went 7 for 30 with two steals in 13 games this spring. Gonzalez, who was thought to be in the mix for a rotation spot, posted a 3.95 ERA and 15:6 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. Wolf allowed five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings.


Rangers pitcher Alex Gonzalez throws five innings in outing Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Rangers pitcher Alex Gonzalez went five innings Monday against the Reds, adding six strikeouts while allowing two runs on four hits. Gonzalez, who threw 82 pitches, got into trouble in the third after issuing a consecutive walks. 

"[Pitching coach Mike] Maddux was telling me, 'You're a ground-ball pitcher. Get the ground ball in the first two pitches. Not with a full-count pitch,'" Gonzalez said.

He then fell behind 3-0 against Joey Votto, but struck him out on a slider.

"[Catcher Robinson] Chirinos just said, 'Throw the ball right at me,'" Gonzalez said to MLB.com. "So I did and I got strike one, strike two. Then he said, 'Throw a slider over the plate,' and we got him."


Alex Gonzalez gets another shot for Rangers' rotation


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Rangers starting pitcher Alex Gonzalez has another shot to earn his way into the rotation Monday, per MLB.com, when the highly touted prospect will face the Reds.

Gonzalez, the Rangers' fifth-ranked prospect, has an outside shot for one of two spots up in the air, but thus far, has a 4.15 ERA this spring. He went 12-6 at Class A and Double-A last season.

"I've learned to make quick adjustments as the game goes," Gonzalez said. "I have had a couple of outings where I have done OK. I'm trying to take the positives out of it and prepare me for wherever I am."


Alex Gonzalez still in the running for spot in Rangers' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Rangers starting pitcher prospect Alex Gonzalez survived another round of cuts Tuesday, leaving him in the running for a spot in the team's rotation, per MLB.com.

"We are in a situation where are looking at two slots," manager Jeff Banister said. "We are not taking anybody out of the mix who is in the mix."

Gonzalez, however, is left to compete against a long list of candidates. They include Ross Detwiler, Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, Ross Ohlendorf, Anthony Ranaudo, Lisalverto Bonilla and Anthony Bass.

Gonzalez, who hasn't pitched above Double-A, is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA through three spring outings (one start). He has allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out nine in 8 2/3 innings.

"He has pitched effectively," Banister said. "He is calm and composed and has been able to get all his pitches in play. This is going to be a nice effective pitcher at the major-league level."


Rangers pitcher Alex Gonzalez battles through first spring start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rangers pitcher Alex Gonzalez may be getting the chance to join the starting rotation with the pending news of Yu Darvish, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Gonzalez made his first start of spring training Monday and battled through three innings with 58 pitches. Manager Jeff Bannister liked how Gonzalez battled through his three scoreless innings.

"He showed poise and presence on the mound," Banister said. "I'd heard about that and that's what I saw. That third inning, it started out as a little bit of a challenge, but, all in all, it turned out to be a good day."

Gonzalez had a 50-pitch limit, but was trying to get through the start in 30.

"Coming out of the bullpen, I told [catcher Chris] Gimenez, 'Let's get this day done in 30 pitches'," Gonzalez said. "I jinxed myself. I wish I wouldn’t have thrown so many pitches early on, but I’m happy they gave me those extra six pitches to get out of my own inning."

He recorded three strikeouts and three walks, allowing two hits on the day.


Report: Rangers not interested in dealing prospect Gonzalez for Gattis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) While the Rangers are interested in Braves catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, Atlanta asked for starting pitcher prospect Alex Gonzalez as part of the trade. However, that turned into a deal-breaker for Texas, according to MLB.com.

The 2013 first-round pick Gonzalez went 12-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP last season between high Class A and Double-A.


Rangers could turn to in-house candidate to fill out rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) If the Rangers don't bring in a high-profile free agent starting pitcher, then they will have many in-house choices to replace Derek Holland, who is expected to miss half the season due to a knee injury. Among the candidates are Colby Lewis, Nick TepeschMichael Kirkman, Jose Contreras, Luke Jackson and Alex Gonzalez, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

However, the paper notes it "would seem slim" that Gonzalez, the team's 2013 first-round pick, and Jackson, the team's minor-league pitcher of the year, would make the opening day rotation.

"If you look at our guys that finished the year with us, it’s Yu Darvish and Martin Perez and that’s really about it," pitching coach Mike Maddux said Tuesday. "We’d like to have some of these guys step up. Some of these guys that were healthy need to continue to be healthy, and some of these guys who were not, we’d love for them to regain their health.

"But we’re really looking for these diamonds in the rough to step up and fill the voids that we have. There’s going to be some intra-staff competition for those spots, and it’s going to be the 12 best fits that we can set up."