ORU junior pitcher Alex Gonzalez was the first Oral Roberts University player taken in the first round of the 2013 Major League League Draft Thursday night. He was taken as the 23rd overall pick by the Texas Rangers.
“We are really excited for Alex,” said first year Head Coach Ryan Folmar. “He has worked so hard for us the past three years and is deserving of this opportunity. The Rangers are a great organization and should he decide to sign, we will certainly wish him the best of luck.”
Gonzalez is the eighth ORU first rounder and the first since Bob Zupcic was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 1987.
In his three years at ORU, Gonzalez has 23 wins and is fourth all-time in career strikeouts with 292. This past season he posted a career-best 1.83 ERA. His 126 strikeouts is third most in a single season in Oral Roberts baseball history.