Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cuban Gonzalez thriving as reliever in Phillies system

No, his nickname is not “Cuban” Gonzalez. (Presumably, it’s something creative like “Gonzo.”)

When the Phillies signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez for $12 million last summer, they included performance bonuses for games started and games relieved. Ruben Amaro Jr. proclaimed his Cuban import a starter - the team negotiated a $48 million agreement before a medical examination forced amendments - although the international scouting community was divided on Gonzalez’s future role… Then Gonzalez reported to spring training and doubt permeated all projections.

“It was hard to find a lot that you liked,” said Joe Jordan, the team’s director of player development.

But Gonzalez, who turns 28 next month, has thrived for two months as a minor-league reliever… Gonzalez has a 1.93 ERA in 10 games for triple-A Lehigh Valley with 12 strikeouts and eight walks. He has a 2.36 ERA in 34 innings as a reliever across three levels… Gonzalez featured a fastball at 95-98 m.p.h. in a recent outing and threw it for strikes on both sides of the plate.

“He looked like a totally different guy than in spring training,” an American League scout said…

There will be an internal debate this fall on how to proceed with Gonzalez, his relief success notwithstanding. The situation dictates that Gonzalez be stretched into a starting role because of the organization’s lack of major-league-ready options and many rotation holes. But Gonzalez’s body could not handle such an assignment earlier this season.

A decision could hinge on whether Jonathan Papelbon remains with the Phillies next season. If Papelbon is traded, [Ken] Giles becomes closer with [Jake] Diekman and Gonzalez as the primary setup men and decent relief options like Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands behind them… In the meantime, Gonzalez will be one of the more interesting Phillies to watch in the season’s final month.

The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: miguel alfredo gonzalez, phillies

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 29, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4781903)
The Phils' farm system is so bad that we are supposed to get excited about a 28 yo reliever with a sub-2.00 ERA in 10 relief appearances and a 12/8 K/W ratio. I'm thinking 2020 before there is a chance of rejuvenation.

It's sad that I find it hopeful that today's announcement that team President David Montgomery is taking a medical leave. Pat Gillick is stepping in. I wonder if Pat has anything left in the tank.
   2. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: August 29, 2014 at 03:03 PM (#4781914)
The Montgomery news is indeed very sad. He's just generally considered a great person by everyone in the organization and city. He is also one of the main reasons why a ML team in a multi-billion dollar sport still feels like a mom & pop store in so many ways (kind of like the Steelers in football).

I wish Gillick the best, hopefully begining with clearing out the GM. Rube was his assistant, but he still has to be interested in bringing in someone new if he's taking over as team president.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
robneyer
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 22 August 2017: The myth of baseball’s depoliticalization
(214 - 8:42pm, Aug 22)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogMets' Steven Matz goes on disabled list | MLB.com
(34 - 8:35pm, Aug 22)
Last: Captain Supporter

NewsblogOT-NBA off season thread
(1850 - 8:34pm, Aug 22)
Last: jmurph

NewsblogNever get involved in a land war in OMNICHATTER!, for August 22, 2017
(22 - 8:25pm, Aug 22)
Last: AT-AT at bat@AT&T

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-22-2017
(15 - 8:25pm, Aug 22)
Last: eric

NewsblogThe Segregated Cornfield
(66 - 8:16pm, Aug 22)
Last: You're a clown, RMc! I'm tired of it!

NewsblogThe totality of Rafael Devers, who is eclipsing everything thought possible
(23 - 8:16pm, Aug 22)
Last: Wahoo Sam

NewsblogJustin Verlander's domination of Dodgers looked like an Astros audition | ESPN
(53 - 7:24pm, Aug 22)
Last: Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)

NewsblogHow much is Tanaka worth? MLB execs weigh in on $67M mystery | New York Post
(2 - 6:28pm, Aug 22)
Last: Captain Supporter

NewsblogTaking Back the Ballparks - San Diego Padres
(75 - 6:18pm, Aug 22)
Last: Manny Coon

NewsblogColon becomes third active pitcher to beat all 30 teams
(70 - 6:11pm, Aug 22)
Last: villageidiom

Gonfalon CubsThat counted as Now
(14 - 6:02pm, Aug 22)
Last: Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist

NewsblogCan Scouts and Statcast Coexist? | FanGraphs Baseball
(6 - 5:48pm, Aug 22)
Last: Walt Davis

Sox TherapyThe Gauntlet
(84 - 5:17pm, Aug 22)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogOT: New Season August 2017 Soccer Thread
(167 - 4:49pm, Aug 22)
Last: He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB)

Page rendered in 0.2809 seconds
47 querie(s) executed