DOMINGO GONZALEZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: September 27, 1999
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2018, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|The Pirates signed Gonzalez out of the Dominican when he was 18. In 2019, he was throwing 92-93 mph with a hard curve. By early 2021 he was up to 94-95.
Gonzalez pitched in relief in his debut. The numbers weren’t good, especially his walk and K rates.
The Pirates sent Gonzalez back to the DSL to open the 2019 season and he dominated there. In early July they moved him up to the Gulf Coast League and put him in the rotation. He pitched well, with very good walk and K rates, and a .211 opponents’ average. At the end of the season, Gonzalez made a very impressive start with West Virginia. He was very tough on right-handed hitters throughout, holding them to a mere .408 OPS, compared to .708 by left-handed hitters.
Gonzalez made a big leap forward in 2019. It’s uncertain how much projection he has, but hopefully he’ll be able to give full season ball a try in 2020.