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’ll open the season at Bradenton.  With Luis Heredia, Tyler Eppler and Clay Holmes all sidelined at the start of the season, Gonzalez will be in the rotation initially.

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.