No. 5 prospect Gonzalez assigned to Triple-A

Rangers pleased with righty's progress, but note he has 'things to work on'

No. 5 prospect Gonzalez assigned to Triple-A

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Alex Gonzalez, the Rangers' No. 1 Draft pick in 2013, had an impressive stay in big league camp.

But that stay came to an end on Tuesday when Gonzalez was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. Rated as the Rangers' No. 5 prospect by MLB.com, Gonzalez pitched in four Cactus League games with a 3.95 ERA and an opponents' batting average of .214.

"He has made real progress," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "He is a guy with a unique ability to maintain his composure. He is not fazed by a lot. He has made quick progress and is in a good place, but still has some things to work on."

Gonzalez is only in his third professional season, splitting 2014 between Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco. Gonzalez pitched in 15 games at Frisco and was 7-4 with a 2.70 ERA. He could end up being the Rangers' No. 1 option at Round Rock if he gets off to a strong start.

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"It's time for him to go down, get in his routine and continue to pitch," manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm sure he would love to be on the Major League team, but there are some things he still needs to work on and polish up. He'll get that chance in Minor League camp."

Texas also returned pitcher Ross Wolf and infielder Hanser Alberto to Minor League camp.

Wolf, who pitched in Korea last year, had a 5.19 spring ERA, with opponents hitting .351 off him. He will likely be used as a middle reliever and spot starter at Round Rock.

Alberto, rated as the club's No. 30 prospect by MLB.com, will also be at Round Rock as the starting shortstop and could be Texas' first line of defense in case Elvis Andrus misses significant time at the Major League level.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.