FELIPE GONZALEZ
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: August 15, 1991
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 165
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th Round, 112th Overall, 2009 (Nationals)
How Acquired: Rule 5 draft (minor league phase)
Country: Mexico
Agent: N/A

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.

2008
DSL:  2-1-0, 8.79 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 14.1 IP, 1.3 BB/9, 6.3 K/9

Gonzalez debuted briefly in the Dominican as a 16-year-old.

2009
DSL:  0-1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.00 WHIP, 1.0 IP, 9.0 BB/9, 0.0 K/9

Gonzalez pitched briefly in just two games, presumably due to injury.

2010
DSL:  4-2-0, 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 56.0 IP, 1.9 BB, 7.9 K/9

The Yankees used Gonzalez as a starter in his third DSL season and he pitched well.

2011
DSL:  3-4-0, 2.35 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 57.1 IP, 3.0 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

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.

2012
INJURED

Gonzalez missed the entire season with an unknown injury.

2013
R:  4-1-1, 2.23 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 48.1 IP, 3.2 BB/9, 8.4 K/9

Gonzalez finally made it to the GCL at age 21.  He pitched well in a swing role.  After the season, the Pirates selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.

2014
A:  2-4-2, 2.81 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 93.0 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 8.3 K/9
A+:  1-0-0, 1.93 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 9.1 IP, 5.8 BB/9, 7.7 K/9

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.  Despite being only 23, he was eligible for minor league free agency, but he re-signed with the Pirates for 2015.  He should open the season at Bradenton.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2008
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
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.
October 15, 2014: Signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.