Miguel Gonzalez

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Position: C
Born: 12/3/90
Ht: 6'0" Wt: 200 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Signed as a free agent from Venezuela in 2007
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #8 -  2010 Preseason
  • #11 - 2010 Midseason
  • #14 - 2010 Postseason

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Accolades

  • 2010 White Sox Best Defensive Catcher (Baseball America)
  • 2011 White Sox Best Defensive Catcher (Baseball America)
  • 2012 White Sox Best Defensive Catcher (Baseball America)
  • 2013 White Sox Best Defensive Catcher (Baseball America)
  • 2014 White Sox Best Defensive Catcher (Baseball America)

Scouting report
Gonzalez is a good defensive catcher, but his bat has been disappointing since he hit .311 with Bristol in his US debut in 2009. He has a very good arm and likes to show it off; he threw out 50% of basestealers in 2010 and isn't shy to try to get a pickoff. Gonzalez has the physical ability to be a great defensive catcher and already is a good one. Offensively, he hit over .300 against both lefties and righties at Bristol, while drawing a decent walk rate and showing gap power. However, he has struggled in full season ball, hitting just .218 with Kannapolis in 2010 and .255 with Kanny in 2011. In 2012 Gonzalez became a part-time player with catching prospects Kevan Smith and Mike Blanke beating him out for regular playing time. After a solid backup stint with AA Birmingham in 2013 he was promoted to AAA and briefly MLB at 22 years old. 2014 saw him split between AA and AAA in a backup role again, and at this point's he's an emergency call-up at best.

Major League Outlook:
Defense-first backup catcher
ETA: 2014-15

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