Chi Chi González
Chi Chi Gonzalez in 2019 spring training (Cropped) (photo by Jeff Warrington).jpg
Gonzalez pitching for the Colorado Rockies 2019 spring training
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 21
Pitcher
Born: (1992-01-15) January 15, 1992 (age 30)
Delray Beach, Florida
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 30, 2015, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through June 22, 2022)
Win–loss record9–24
Earned run average5.71
Strikeouts161
Teams

Alexander "Chi Chi" González (born January 15, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in the MLB for the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, and the Minnesota Twins. González goes by Chi Chi, a nickname given to him by his grandfather.[1]

Career

Amateur

Gonzalez was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Boca Raton Community High School.[2] Rather than sign with the Orioles, Gonzalez attended Oral Roberts University, where he was an accounting major.[3] In 2012, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.[4]

Texas Rangers

He was drafted by the Rangers in the 1st round (23rd overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft.[5][6][7] He made his professional debut with the Spokane Indians and also played for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Prior to the 2014 season, Baseball Prospectus rated Gonzalez as the 70th best prospect in baseball.[8] He started the season with Myrtle Beach before being promoted to the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.[9] He started 2015 with the Triple-A Round Rock Express.[10][11]

Gonzalez was called up to the majors for the first time on May 30, 2015, and made his MLB debut that day. He faced the veteran lineup of the Boston Red Sox and began the game pitching 5+23+2⁄3 innings without surrendering a hit. It was the longest no-hit stretch to begin a career for a Rangers pitcher since 1992.[12] On June 5, 2015, Gonzalez threw a complete game shutout against the Kansas City Royals. It was his first career complete game.[13] Gonzalez was optioned down to Triple-A Round Rock July 4, 2015. Gonzalez was diagnosed with a partial tear to the UCL in spring training of 2017. He was declared to need Tommy John surgery, ending his 2017 season plus the whole 2018 season. On November 2, 2018, Gonzalez elected free agency.[14]

Colorado Rockies

On December 4, 2018, Gonzalez signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.[15] On June 25, 2019, his contract was selected by the Rockies.[16] In 2019, Gonzalez pitched to a 5.29 ERA over 14 games for the Rockies, with 46 strikeouts. In 2020 for the Rockies, Gonzalez pitched to a 6.86 ER He A with 16 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched. On December 2, Gonzalez was nontendered by the Rockies. On December 11, 2020, Gonzalez re-signed with the Rockies on a minor league contract.[17] On March 27, 2021, Gonzalez was selected to the 40-man roster.[18] Gonzalez made 24 appearances for the Rockies, going 3-7 with a 6.46 ERA and 56 strikeouts. On October 3, the Rockies designated Gonzalez for assignment.[19] On October 8, Gonzalez elected free agency.[20]

Minnesota Twins

On March 18, 2022, Gonzalez signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins.

Milwaukee Brewers

On June 14, 2022, Gonzalez was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers after having been designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins.[21] He made his first start for Milwaukee on June 21, 2022.[22]

References

  1. ^ "'Chi Chi' González ready to be a Ranger". June 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Baltimore Orioles select Boca Raton pitcher Alex Gonzalez in 11th round of baseball draft". June 8, 2010. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "ORUAthletics.com - Official Athletic Website of Oral Roberts University". orugoldeneagles.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "#22 Alex Gonzalez". pointstreak.com. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  5. ^ Rangers draft Delray Beach's Alex Gonzalez in first round
  6. ^ Rangers select RHP Alex Gonzalez in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft
  7. ^ 'Chi Chi' Gonzalez ready to be a Ranger
  8. ^ "Baseball Prospectus - Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Top 101 Prospects". Baseball Prospectus. January 27, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Texas Rangers No. 3 prospect Chi-Chi Gonzalez might just Cha-Cha his way into 2015 rotation Archived May 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Former Oral Roberts star Alex 'Chi Chi' Gonzalez to make first Triple-A start against OKC Dodgers on Sunday
  11. ^ Texas Rangers send Chi Chi Gonzalez to minors; will work on quicker at-bats
  12. ^ Prospect Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation
  13. ^ "Rangers rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez shuts out Royals on 3 hits, 4-0". USA Today.
  14. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  15. ^ @gfraley (December 5, 2018). "Chi Chi Gonzalez, taken by Rangers with 23rd overall pick in 2013, goes to Colorado on minor-league deal" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Kyle Newman (June 24, 2019). "Right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to make Rockies debut Tuesday in San Francisco". The Denver Post. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  17. ^ "Rockies Sign Chi Chi Gonzalez to Minor League Deal".
  18. ^ "Rockies Select Chi Chi Gonzalez to 40-Man Roster".
  19. ^ "Rockies Designate Chi Chi Gonzalez for Assignment".
  20. ^ "Players Recently Electing Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  21. ^ "Brewers Claim Chi Chi Gonzalez Off Waivers From Twins". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  22. ^ "Brewers' Chi Chi Gonzalez: Making spot start". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 26, 2022.