RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 15, 1991
Drafted: 4th Round, 112th Overall, 2009 (Nationals)
How Acquired: Rule 5 draft (minor league phase)
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|The Pirates selected Gonzalez in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 draft. He throws in the upper-80s to low-90s, with a good breaking ball. He was a flyball pitcher prior to 2011, but has been mostly a groundball pitcher since then.
Gonzalez debuted briefly in the Dominican as a 16-year-old.
Gonzalez pitched briefly in just two games, presumably due to injury.
The Yankees used Gonzalez as a starter in his third DSL season and he pitched well.
Despite his good 2010 season, the Yankees sent Gonzalez back to the DSL for a fourth year. His ERA was better than his peripheral numbers, all of which slipped from the year before.
Gonzalez missed the entire season with an unknown injury.
Gonzalez finally made it to the GCL at age 21. He pitched well in a swing role.
Gonzalez must have impressed the Pirates in camp, as he skipped over their two short-season affiliates and opened 2014 at West Virginia. He served as a swing man there and pitched well in both roles. He also got a late-season promotion to Bradenton. Overall, he held opposing hitters to a 229/298/353 line. He was significantly more effective against left-handed than right-handed hitters.
Gonzalez has made a lot of progress with the Pirates, but he’s now eligible for minor league free agency. He’s 23 and doesn’t appear to be enough of a prospect to be a candidate for addition to the 40-man roster. If they’re able to re-sign him to a minor league deal, they’ll probably send him to Bradenton.
|2014: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2008
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|February 16, 2008: Signed as an international free agent with the New York Yankees.
December 12, 2013: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.