Miguel González (pitcher)
|Baltimore Orioles – No. 50|
Born: May 27, 1984|
Pegueros, Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 29, 2012 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Career statistics |
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.58|
González was originally signed by the Los Angeles Angels as a rookie free agent in 2005. The following two years, he earned a number of honors with the Arkansas Travelers (Texas League/Double-A). He was selected by Boston in the 2008 Rule 5 draft. Out during the regular season while recovering from a knee injury, he made a comeback with the Venados de Mazatlán of the Mexican Pacific League.
In 2009, González underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season. He was outrighted to Pawtucket in November 2009.
After two seasons in the Red Sox minor league system, González signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in March 2012. He would start at Triple-A. He said that he signed to play with fellow Mexican players Dennys Reyes, Luis Ayala and Óscar Villarreal, as well as the fact that the Orioles gave him the opportunity to improve his skills.
Gonzalez made his first major league start on July 6, 2012 against the Los Angeles Angels and earned the win, limiting the Angels to one run and three hits over seven innings. The Orioles won the game 3–2. In the game, Gonzalez honored his former teammate, Nick Adenhart who died in 2009, by wearing a glove given to him by Adenhart when they were teammates in 2007 with the Arkansas Travelers. For the 2012 regular season he went 9–4 with a 3.25 ERA in 14 starts. Gonzalez also started Game 3 of the 2012 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, departing the game with a 2-1 lead but no-decisioned when the Yankees tied the game in the ninth inning and won it in the twelfth.
On May 9, 2013 Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an unhealed blister on his throwing thumb; at the time he had a record of 2-2 in six starts with an ERA of 4.58.
Gonzalez throws five pitches: a four seam fastball at 92-93 MPH, a sinker at 91-93, a curveball at 77-80, a slider at 84-86 and a splitter at 82-85 for his out pitch.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)