Baseball America posted the latest transactions today, announcing that the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed pitcher Felipe Gonzalez. After being picked up from the New York Yankees in the minor league portion of the Rule V draft, Gonzalez spent most of the 2014 season in the West Virginia Power bullpen, making 33 total appearances, eight as a starter. He had a 2.81 ERA in 93 innings before being promoted to Bradenton, where he made two starts and one relief appearance. Gonzalez had a .229 BAA and 31:94 BB/SO ratio in 102.1 innings this season.
Despite reaching minor league free agency already, he will play the 2015 season as a 23-year-old. Gonzalez signed as a 16-year-old back in 2008. He is currently playing winter ball in Mexico for Mazatlan.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.