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After an impressive 2018, this versatile outfielder has had a slow start in Birmingham
2018 SSS Top Prospect ranking: 17
SSS rank among all center fielders in the system: 3
González, a three-year starting outfielder and starting pitcher with New Mexico, enjoyed a terrific junior season with the Lobos. He not only had a 4-3 record in 11 starts, he slashed .361/.500/.589, with 22 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 42 RBIs, 14-of-14 stolen bases, 58 walks (20%) and 32 strikeouts (11.03%). It’s easy to see why the White Sox would draft González in the third round in 2017, ultimately signing him to a $517,000 bonus. After being drafted, and after a slow start, González combined with Great Falls and Kannapolis to slash .236/.351/.348 in 250 at-bats, with 14 doubles, two triples, two homers, 15 RBIs, 42 walks (14.05%) and 53 strikeouts (17.73%).
Although González’s plate discipline numbers slipped a bit in 2018, his other numbers showed significant improvement. Spending nearly equal time with Kannapolis and Winston-Salem, he combined to slash .307/.368/.498 in 482 at-bats with 14 homers, 71 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, 48 walks (8.86%) and 103 strikeouts (19.00%).
González is a fundamentally sound player who does everything well, if not exceptionally. As evidenced in his collegiate pitching, he has an excellent arm and could well be suited for right or left field, if center is occupied by someone else. He strikes me as a medium-ceiling, high-floor player.
González did enough in 2018 to warrant a promotion to Birmingham for 2019, and so far this season with the Barons he’s had a rough go of it. As part of the tres Luises outfield in Birmingham, González has played about half of his 49 games in center, a quarter in right, and the rest split between left field and DH. In the first two months of the season, González is slashing .234/.286/.332.
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You can’t ever accuse this team of giving in.
Trailing in the ninth against Frederick, Luis Gonzalez (@Luis5Gonzalez) snuck a three-run homer down the right-field line to tie it up.
— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) July 25, 2018
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