FELIPE GONZALEZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 15, 1991
Signed: Int’l free agent, 2008 (Yankees)
How Acquired: Rule 5 draft (minor league phase)
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|The Pirates selected Gonzalez in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 draft. He throws in the upper-80s to low-90s, with a good breaking ball. He was a flyball pitcher prior to 2011, but has been mostly a groundball pitcher since then.
Gonzalez debuted briefly in the Dominican as a 16-year-old.
Gonzalez pitched briefly in just two games, presumably due to injury.
The Yankees used Gonzalez as a starter in his third DSL season and he pitched well.
Despite his good 2010 season, the Yankees sent Gonzalez back to the DSL for a fourth year. His ERA was better than his peripheral numbers, all of which slipped from the year before.
Gonzalez missed the entire season with an unknown injury.
Gonzalez finally made it to the GCL at age 21. He pitched well in a swing role. After the season, the Pirates selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.
Gonzalez must have impressed the Pirates in camp, as he skipped over their two short-season affiliates and opened 2014 at West Virginia. He served as a swing man there and pitched well in both roles. He also got a late-season promotion to Bradenton. Overall, he held opposing hitters to a 229/298/353 line. He was significantly more effective against left-handed than right-handed hitters.
Despite being only 23, Gonzalez was eligible for minor league free agency after the 2014 season, but he re-signed with the Pirates for 2015. He spent the season at Bradenton in a swing role, with 14 starts and 24 relief appearances. He pitched decently, but not as well as the previous year. Opponents slugged .373 against him in a league where the average was .337.
Gonzalez will be a free agent again after the season. He’s been very useful, filling whatever role was open, so it’s conceivable the Pirates could try to re-sign him again.
|2015: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2008
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|February 16, 2008: Signed as an international free agent with the New York Yankees.
December 12, 2013: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.
October 15, 2014: Signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.