Jacob Gonzalez: From Minor League Rule 5 to Minor League Video Game Numbers

On Sunday, Jacob Gonzalez didn't record a hit.

That's been a rare occurrence this season. Gonzalez crushed Low-A to the tune of a 1.128 OPS, before being promoted earlier this month to High-A Greensboro. Since his arrival, Gonzalez has recorded a hit in all but two of his 11 games.

That first day he got here, he made his presence felt immediately," Greensboro manager Callix Crabbe said, noting that Gonzalez homered. "The next day he hit another homer."

Gonzalez has four homers so far in Greensboro, and three have come away from the bandbox that is Greensboro's home park. That's an encouraging sign, especially since his above average raw power has yet to translate into games.

The Pirates added Gonzalez in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft this past December. He was ad...



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Good pedigree, let’s hope he rises quickly.


Given his age and production to date, he needs to be moved to Altoona by end of June.


I thought the same thing, but the Pirates just moved Matt Gorski to AA after he ripped up the Sally League with 17 HR (HR per every 7.41 AB). Gorski is primarily a CF, but at 6’4″ the Bucs have been trying him at 1B also. Looking forward, Mason Martin is the 1B of the now and future, but a RH hitting 1B could be a nice add as a power hitter who can also play OF, and be a RH option at 1B..

Chavis has been a decent FA pickup and has played 1B, but is just about 30 days short of making 3 years MLB Service which would entitle him to enter his arbitration years going into his age 28 season. We need to be able to do better than that.

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