Back on July 30th, the Texas Rangers traded veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later. Yesterday (August 24th) that player was named: outfielder Pedro Gonzalez. Let’s take a quick look.
Pedro Gonzalez, OF: Pedro Gonzalez was one of the hottest players available on the international market during the 2014-2015 signing window. The outfielder from the Dominican Republic signed for $1,300,000. He made his debut in the Dominican Summer League in ‘15, hitting .251/.318/.418, then moved up to the Pioneer League in 2016, hitting a mediocre .230/.390/.394 for Grand Junction.
Gonzalez returned to Grand Junction for 2017 and was more effective, hitting .321/.388/.519 in 187 at-bats. The Rangers have assigned him to Spokane in the Northwest League.
Listed at 6-5, 190, Gonzalez is a right-handed hitter and thrower born October 27th, 1997. He has strong across-the-board physical tools, earning 60 grades in raw power, running speed, and arm strength. He’s still learning the skills to make those tools work, as his long arms complicate his hitting mechanics, but there’s been substantial improvement in 2017 compared to 2016.
The Rangers have a good track record helping players like Gonzalez develop. He’s a project, but the ceiling is quite high.