Nick Gonzales

NICK GONZALES, SHORTSTOP
Born: May 27, 1999
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st Round, 7th Overall, 2020
How Acquired: Draft
College: New Mexico State University
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

After going undrafted out of high school, Gonzales became one of the best hitters in college ball at New Mexico State.  He put up playstation numbers, with an OPS of 1.021 as a freshman and a line of 432/532/773 in a sophomore year in which he led the nation in batting.  He hit 448/610/1155 in a truncated junior year.  The numbers, especially the power, were certainly influenced by a high-offense environment.  Gonzales did, however, hit 351/451/630 with seven home runs in the Cape Cod League in 2019, earning himself MVP honors and being named the league’s top prospect by Baseball America.  BA also rated him the fifth best prospect in the draft, which is about where most other prospect authorities ranked him.

As a pro, Gonzales probably profiles as a line-drive hitter with excellent plate discipline — he had 66 walks and 40 strikeouts in his last season-and-a-fraction in college — and hopefully moderate power.  One source of doubt on the latter point is that his exit velocity hasn’t been exceptional.  Gonzales’ speed is above-average.  He probably has the arm strength for short, but many scouts question whether he has the quickness for the position, although the Pirates will probably start off with him there.  Gonzales signed for exactly the slot amount.  Since he appears to be very advanced as a hitter, he should have a good chance of reaching the majors quickly.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2020: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $5,432,400
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2026
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 10, 2020: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round, 7th overall pick; signed on June 24.