Miguel González (pitcher)

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Miguel González
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González with the Baltimore Orioles
Chicago White Sox – No. 58
Pitcher
Born: (1984-05-27) May 27, 1984 (age 35)
Pegueros, Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 29, 2012, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 39–33
Earned run average 3.82
Strikeouts 417
Teams

Miguel Ángel González Martín (born May 27, 1984) is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Baltimore Orioles from 2012 to 2015.

Career

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

González was originally signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as an amateur free agent in 2005. The following two years, he earned a number of honors[which?] with the Arkansas Travelers (Texas League/Double-A).[citation needed]

Boston Red Sox

He was selected by Boston in the 2008 Rule 5 draft. Out during the regular season while recovering from a knee injury, he made a comeback with the Venados de Mazatlán of the Mexican Pacific League.

In 2009, González underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season. He was outrighted to Pawtucket in November 2009.

Baltimore Orioles

After two seasons in the Red Sox minor league system, González signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in March 2012. He would start at Triple-A. He said that he signed to play with fellow Mexican players Dennys Reyes, Luis Ayala and Óscar Villarreal, as well as the fact that the Orioles gave him the opportunity to improve his skills.[1]

Gonzalez made his first major league start on July 6, 2012 against the Los Angeles Angels and earned the win, limiting the Angels to one run and three hits over seven innings. The Orioles won the game 3–2. In the game, Gonzalez honored his former teammate, Nick Adenhart who died in 2009, by wearing a glove given to him by Adenhart when they were teammates in 2007 with the Arkansas Travelers.[2] For the 2012 regular season he went 9–4 with a 3.25 ERA in 14 starts.[3] Gonzalez also started Game 3 of the 2012 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, departing the game with a 2-1 lead but no-decisioned when the Yankees tied the game in the ninth inning and won it in the twelfth.

2013

On May 9, 2013 Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an unhealed blister on his throwing thumb; at the time he had a record of 2-2 in six starts with an ERA of 4.58.[4]

2014

On September 3, 2014, Gonzalez pitched the first complete game and shutout of his career against the Cincinnati Reds.[5]

2015

González struck out a career-high 10 batters on April 14, 2015.[6] Gonzalez struggled with injuries throughout 2015, and finished with the worst year of his career. He went 9-12 in 26 starts and finished with a 4.91 ERA.

2016

On March 30, 2016, González received his unconditional release by the Orioles, who opted to cut him rather than send him to the minor leagues at the beginning of the 2016 season.[7]

Chicago White Sox

In April 2016, González signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.[8]

Pitching style

Gonzalez throws five pitches: a four seam fastball at 92-93 MPH, a sinker at 91-93, a curveball at 77-80, a slider at 84-86 and a splitter at 82-85 for his out pitch.[9]

See also

References

  1. Ballesteros, Fernando (March 2, 2012). "CONFIRMA GONZÁLEZ". Puro Béisbol.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Plunkett, Bill (July 6, 2012). "Gonzalez supplies Adenhart memory". Orange County Register. Retrieved July 9, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Official MLB.com profile MLB.com
  4. "O's send Gonzalez to DL, call up right-hander Burnett". May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "O's belt three homers in Gonzalez's first shutout". September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Malewski, Steve. "Miguel Gonzalez pitches a gem, Adam Jones drives in two in win over Yankees". MASNSports.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  7. "Miguel Gonzalez: Granted unconditional release Wednesday". CBSSports.com. March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Ex-Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez signs minor league deal with White Sox, source says
  9. http://www.brooksbaseball.net/velo.php?player=456068&time=month&startDate=03/30/2007&endDate=08/20/2013&s_type=2

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