The Oakland A's have a crowded major league spring training camp, with 63 players on-hand, the most…
A's Ink Gonzalez To Minor Deal
Gonzalez will be coming off of an injury this spring. The right-hander was sidelined with an elbow sprain on June 28th of last season and missed the remainder of the year. Before landing on the DL, Gonzalez was 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA in 48 innings for Arizona. He had started six games for the D-Backs.
The Mexico native was originally signed by Arizona as an amateur free agent in 2000 when he was 17 years old. He rose quickly through the D-Backs system, reaching the big leagues by 2003 at the age of 20. Over the past six seasons, he has gone back-and-forth between the major leagues and Triple-A. He saw the most big league time in 2007, when he went 8-4 with a 5.03 ERA in 102 innings.
In 839 career minor league innings, Gonzalez has posted a 3.86 ERA and has struck-out 585 against 194 walks. Most of his appearances in the minor leagues have been as a starter. In the big leagues, he has a career ERA of 5.97 and 168 strike-outs against 85 walks in 257.2 innings. He has split his big league time between the rotation and the bullpen.
Gonzalez has a stout build, but he isn't a hard-thrower. He throws a four-seam fastball that rarely touches 90 MPH, a two-seam fastball and a change-up. Gonzalez tends to live on the outer-half of the strike-zone.
The elbow injury in 2008 was Gonzalez's first significant injury, although he did miss significant time one season with a torn fingernail on his pitching hand. The soon-to-be-26-year-old threw in eight games this winter for Hermosillo of the Mexican Winter League and Mexico's entry into the Caribbean Series. All eight appearances were starts. For Hermosillo, Gonzalez went 4-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 36.1 innings. He had 24 strike-outs and 12 walks. He was outstanding in the Caribbean Series, however, going seven shut-out innings in his only start (which came against eventual champion Venezuela). He allowed only two hits and struck-out nine while walking none in that contest.
Gonzalez, who shouldn't be confused with the San Diego Padres' second baseman of the same name, joins Jerome Williams and Kevin Cameron as pitchers with major league experience coming to the A's spring training camp as non-roster invitees. Pitchers and catchers report to the A's complex at Papago Park this weekend.
Scout.com site FutureBacks.com has covered Gonzalez for many years. To view his profile and all of the stories written about him over the years, please click here.
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