Nick Gonzales Working Through Contact Issues

Nick Gonzales has been one of the bigger concerns if you're looking for positive signs from the Pirates' player development system.

Gonzales was drafted seventh overall in 2020, the first draft pick under Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington. He was drafted out of New Mexico State as one of the best pure hitters in the 2020 draft. His stats this year haven't matched his elite contact grades, with a 32.8% strikeout rate and a .247 average in Double-A.

"Nick went through some mechanical challenges early in the season," said Pirates farm director John Baker, noting that Gonzales saw his swing get "really uphill."

"His swing decisions actually improved, and I think that’s evident in the walk rate," said Baker. "He’s getting on base a lot, despite some swinging and missing and not ge...



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Pure hitter, 7th pick. Another wasted pick. Wonder why the Bucs are always on the bottom of the standings it’s because of wasted opportunities like this when they could have drafted a good player who would be on his way to the majors instead, they have somebody
they now have to teach hitting 101.


This is a kid with fewer than 600 professional plate appearances. He really needs reps.


AFL round 2? I know he dominated last year but if not there maybe winter league somewhere


I’m a big fan of Nick, so reading about his swing getting uphill gives me some hope.


Still think he’s got a bright future. Everybody runs into some adversity at some point, better to make adjustments now. The biggest thing that worries me is that it’s the Pirates coaches making the adjustments.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Well I’m glad they see the specific issue everyone has pointed out, and seem to be working towards correcting it.


It seems like under BC they are finally embracing technology and working through pitch design, launch angles, etc. Whether they do that well or not is one thing, but it feels like a much better direction to me

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

And even something as simple as reading in the BA Top 100 update article that they are in fact urging Davis to move back a bit. Still think back to Polanco (I forget the specific year) where he was getting diced up on inside pitches and it took 3/4ths the season for them to finally tell him to step back. And poof. He could hit the inside pitch now. By that point everyone and their mother was yelling, “TELL HIM TO STEP BACK!”

Rob Baran

Talked with one of Nick’s 2021 coaches recently. His vision was corrected last year, that could potentially still be a problem. They also thought he was able to identify Curveball spin, but not the tighter Slider spin at times.

Also believe’s Gonzales is an elite worker that will at minimum be good enough to make the show.

Rob Baran

“Elite make-up” is something I’ve heard from more than just this coach.

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