Height: 5' 9" Weight: 165 lbs
College Experience: None
Player Age: 26
Player Hometown: Valencia, VZ
Gonzalez joins the Railroaders having spent seven professional seasons in the Detroit Tigers organization, climbing from the Venezuelan Summer League to High-A Lakeland. The 26-year old brings a sterling defensive reputation to Cleburne, with second base and shortstop serving as the primary positions throughout his professional tenure. He owns a career .982 fielding percentage at second base and .954 at shortstop, committing fewer than 100 errors in nearly 3,500 innings at the latter position.
A native of Valencia, Venezuela, Gonzalez is the owner of a career .325 on-base percentage, having drawn 246 walks while striking out only 301 times in 2,450 plate appearances (12.2% K-rate). The switch-hitter put together his best offensive season in 2014, slashing .295/.363/.387 between three levels in the Tigers system and earning the first of three different stints at High-A in the process.
Gonzalez slugged a career-best 21 doubles and swiped 16 bases while with Class-A West Michigan in 2016, parlaying that into a strong winter campaign with Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League. After a slow start to the 2017 season, the Tigers released Gonzalez; shortly thereafter he latched on with the Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League, suiting up in 37 games for the independent club. For his career, Gonzalez is a .243 hitter in 629 games, having connected for 78 doubles, 17 triples and seven home runs.