Alexi Ogando Riding Shotgun (Video)

Alexi Ogando is a relief pitcher for the Rangers, who was originally signed by the Athletics in 2002 as an outfielder. After a few years in the Athletics organization, the Rangers acquired him in the 2005 Rule 5 Draft and then turned him into a pitcher.

During his rookie year of 2010, Ogando served as an effective reliever, posting a 4-1 record.

In 2011, Ogando was turned into a starting pitcher after an injury to Tommy Hunter,. His 7-0 start earned him a spot on the All-Star team. He finished the season with a 13-8 record and a 3.51 ERA. The Rangers turned Ogando back into a relief pitcher for the 2011 postseason.

With Texas making two consecutive World Series appearances, Ogando and the Rangers have become quite prominent around baseball. Here is original video of Ogando signing autographs last Friday afternoon while sitting in the passenger seat of a car, before being driven to Target Field.

This scene took place outside of the W Hotel Minneapolis, a few hours before the Rangers 4-1 victory over the Twins.