Pirates Trade Benji Gonzalez to San Diego Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded infielder Benji Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres organization. Gonzalez had been in the Pirates organization since being taken in the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He had not played this season after spending the last three years at Bradenton. He was in Extended Spring Training at the time of the deal.

Gonzalez played Winter Ball in Puerto Rico this off-season, hitting .317 over 20 games. The 24-year-old is a switch-hitter with an excellent glove, can play multiple positions including shortstop and he has good speed. He never hit enough to move past High-A ball though.

The deal is for cash or a player to be named later. Chances are, with Gonzalez not being used by the Pirates and the fact he’s a minor league free agent at the end of the year, we won’t hear about the return.

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Red_Skully

    After a glimmer of offense in winter ball, I was surprised that Benji did not make AA roster. With Ngoepe, Hanson, and Maggi, there isn’t enough playing time for all those guys at short. I was a little surprise with choosing Crumlich over Benji for an active roster spot in the organization.

  • LetsGoMarauders

    He was on his way to Altoona in 2013 when he did a 180 back to Bradenton. He was the player introduction banquet and was tell us this, last year. He had even tweeted a picture of himself on the plane as he was heading to PA. We’ll miss him but wish him luck. http://LetsGoMarauders.com