Miguel Alfredo González

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For the Mexican baseball pitcher, see Miguel González (pitcher).
Miguel Alfredo González
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 75
Pitcher
Born: (1986-09-23) September 23, 1986 (age 27)
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2014 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
(through September 16, 2014)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 4.50
Strikeouts 4
Teams

Miguel Alfredo González Puebla (born September 23, 1986) is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in June 2013 and was signed by the Phillies on August 30, 2013.

Career[edit]

Cuban baseball career[edit]

He pitched for La Habana in the Cuban National Series from 2007-2009 and played for the Cuba national baseball team in the 2009 World Port Tournament and 2009 and 2011 Baseball World Cups.[1] He was playing for the Artemisa team when he was caught trying to defect in January 2012 and he was suspended from playing in the league at that point.[2] He succeeded in defecting from Cuba to El Salvador in 2013 and then moved to Mexico.

American baseball career[edit]

He pitched in some games for the Toros de Tijuana of the Liga Norte de Mexico as a showcase for American scouts,[3] including those from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.[4][5] On July 26, 2013, stories in the press reported that González agreed to a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, worth $60 million.[6] However, the Phillies never confirmed the report and subsequent reports mentioned that the deal might not happen.[7] On August 30, 2013, the Phillies announced they had signed Gonzalez to a 3-year, $12 million contract with a vesting option for 2017.[8]

Entering spring training, it was still unknown whether he would be a member of the big league starting rotation, bullpen, or whether he would start the season with the Phillies Class AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.[9] Ultimately, he opened the season on the 60-day disabled list (DL) "after not exactly impressing in a poor spring";[10] the official reason for his placement on the DL was "right shoulder tendinitis".[11] Upon returning from injury, Gonzalez ascended through the Phillies' minor league system on a rehab assignment, compiling 54 strikeouts in 46 13 innings pitched. Used primarily out of the bullpen in his rehab stint, Gonzalez completed his minor league assignment with a 3.11 ERA and .231 opponent batting average. Deemed healthy and ready to begin his MLB career, Gonzalez was activated and assigned to the Phillies on September 2 as part of the roster expansion call-ups.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seven teams watching Cuban prospect throw in Mexico". Mlb.mlb.com. June 6, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cuba Loses Pitcher Miguel A. González". Havanatimes.org. February 2, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Atlanta Braves Interested in Signing Cuban Defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez". Sportsmedia101.com. July 18, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (June 6, 2013). "Dodgers eyeing Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez". Latimes.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ Danny Knobler. "Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, others watch Cuban pitcher Gonzalez". Cbssports.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Phillies reach deal with Cuban prospect Gonzalez". Mlb.mlb.com. July 26, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Schreiber, Andy (August 6, 2013). "Deal for Cuban Might Not Happen At All « The Zo Zone". Zozone.mlblogs.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ Adams, Steve. "Phillies Sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez: MLB Rumors". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ Zolecki, Todd (February 13, 2014). "Miguel Gonzalez: Man of Mystery". The Zo Zone - MLBlogs Network. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Wilson, Brad (March 31, 2014). "Philadelphia Phillies have too many 'ifs' to be much more than a .500 team - if that". The Express-Times (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania). Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ Gross, Stephen (March 28, 2014). "Philadelphia Phillies roster anything but set". The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania). Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  12. ^ Phils' callups could include Franco, Gonzalez

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