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Continuing to look at the third basemen in the Pirates' minor league organization:
Elevys Gonzalez -- Bats Both / Throws R, 5' 11", 175 lb
Gonzalez is a Venezuelan native who made some big improvements in 2010. He appeared to be headed for a return trip to State College to begin the season (he'd played 13 games there in 2009), but due to injuries further up the ladder, Gonzalez was instead assigned to A level West Virginia in May. He embraced the challenge, hitting .303 in 9 games there, with a homer and 2 RBI. He dropped down to .195 in June, but by the end of the month, he was getting more playing time, and in July he had the average back up to .300, with 7 RBI. At first Gonzalez was splitting his playing time between second base, third base, and shortstop, functioning as the Power's utility infielder. But by August, he was playing regularly at third base, as Jesus Brito struggled defensively there. More time on the field translated to more plate appearances and better hitting for Gonzalez -- .289 with 2 homers and 16 RBI in August. He finished the season with a flourish at the plate, with 3 homers in the last 5 games, and 3 hits in the last game. Overall for the season, Gonzalez hit a solid .275, with 9 doubles, 4 triples, 6 homers, and 31 RBI. The 21-year-old should be ready for A+ Bradenton for 2011, where he will likely play more third base, but also spend some time at second and short.
Saturday's games for the Pirates' lower minor league affiliates
Williamsburg Crosscutters �5, �State College Spikes �3 (box)
A full house sell-out in State College went home disappointed tonight, as the Spikes lost their home opener. �The Crosscutters scored 2 runs off starter Zack Dodson in the 2nd inning, on a walk, a single, a double, and a sacrifice fly. �Dodson gave up only one other hit in 3 more innings of work, and erased that runner with a double play.
The Spikes tied the score with a run in the bottom of the 2nd and another run in the 3rd. �A walk to 1B Gerlis Rodriguez open the inning. �A single by DH Kelson Brown, and a fielding error on CF Justin Bencsko's ball to first base loaded the bases for the Spikes. �C Miguel Mendez drove in Rodriguez with an RBI ground out. �Another fielding error put SS Walker Gourley on second base to begin the 3rd. �He scored on 3B Chase Lyles' line drive single into left field.
Mitch Fienemann took over from Dodson to begin the 4th. �After getting two outs, He gave up a single, a stolen base, and an RBI single to take a 3-2 lead. �The Spikes tied it up again in the bottom of the inning, on a double by Mendez, a passed ball, and a single by LF Melvin De La Cruz.
But the Crosscutters kept hammering at Fienemann, scoring a run in the 7th on two singles and a double, and another run in the 8th on four singles. �Sandobal Septimo finished the 8th for Fienemann, then pitched a scoreless 9th, despite giving up a double and a single.
Chase Lyles had two singles for the Spikes, and Justin Bencsko also had a single. �The Spikes collected 6 hits, while the Crosscutters posted 14 hits.