Gabriel Gonzalez showing out in Modesto

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Gabriel Gonzalez was one of the more high profile International Free Agent signings in recent years when they signed him for $1.3 million before the 2021 season. He is Jason Churchill’s 9th ranked prospect and has had a promising start to his minor league career.

Gonzalez made his debut in pro ball in 2021 in the Dominican Summer League where he had a strong 57 game campaign where he slashed .287/.371/.521 with 7 home runs and 9 stolen bases. He then followed it up with a season that was split between complex rookie ball and the Low-A Modesto Nuts. Now this spring he is back in Modesto and has been producing offensively.

MLB Pipeline is high on the corner outfielder, “Gonzalez has as natural of a feel-to-hit as any prospect in the organization, which is good in the sense that he’ll need it as a corner outfielder, where he projects long term.” He has had a good start to 2023 where he has slashed .319/.379/.451 with one home run in 23 games and just over 100 plate appearances. He is a player to keep an eye on as the season goes along, and if he continues to perform at a high level then he might get promoted to Everett later on in the season.

Modesto Nuts (A) – California League

5 Cole Young SS .282/.436/.427, 17.1% BB, 16.4% K
9 Gabriel Gonzalez OF .319/.379/.451, HR 7.8% BB, 11.7% K
18 Michael Morales RHP 5 GS, 24.1 IP, 2.22 ERA, 27.5% K, 11.8% BB
28 Tyler Gough RHP 5 G, 4 GS, 9 IP, 9.00 ERA, 21.4% K, 16.7% BB
35 Milkar Perez 3B .321/.434/.432, 16.2% BB, 21.2% K
36 Josh Hood SS/3B .276/.328/.447, 3 HR, 7.5% BB, 23.9% K
48 Tatem Levins C .229/.316/.438, 2 HR 12.8% BB, 17.5% K

Everett AquaSox (A+) — Northwest League

1 Harry Ford C .287/.447/.446, 3 HR, 21.2% BB, 19.7% K
8 Axel Sanchez SS .143/.268/.171, 11% BB, 35.4% K
13 Tyler Locklear 3B .303/.403/.551, 6 HR, 11.6% BB, 21.7% K
25 Hogan Windish 2B .218/.340/.513, 6 HR, 14.9% BB, 28.7% K
29 Alberto Rodriguez OF .303/.415/.483, HR, 14% BB, 22.4% K
38 Walking Cabrera OF .243/.321/.471, 4 HR, 10.3% BB, 28.2% K

Arkansas Travelers (AA) – Texas League

6 Bryan Woo RHP 6 GS, 28 IP, 1.93 ERA, 37.1% K, 5.7% BB
7 Emerson Hancock RHP 6 GS, 22.2 IP, 5.16 ERA, 31% K, 13% BB
12 Prelander Berroa RHP 6 G, 5 GS, 23.2 IP, 4.94 ERA, 32.7% K, 18.7% BB
14 Jonatan Clase OF .304/.402/.600, 7 HR, 13.9% BB, 27.7% K
19 Juan Then RHP 7 G, 7 IP, 5.00 ERA, 27.5% K, 7.5% BB
21 Robert Perez Jr. 1B .277/.328/.482, 6 HR, 6.6% BB, 32% K
22 Isaiah Campbell RHP 5 G, 5 IP, 3.60 ERA, 15% K, 5% BB
26 Juan Mercedes RHP 6 G, 5 GS, 31 IP, 3.48 ERA, 21.7% K, 6.2% BB
33 Travis Kuhn RHP 10 G, 9.2 IP, 2.79 ERA, 14.6% K, 14.6% BB
45 Spencer Packard OF .351/.425/.514, 3 HR, 11.5% BB, 17.2% K

Tacoma Rainiers (AAA) – Pacific Coast League

15 Taylor Dollard RHP 3 GS, 8.1 IP, 7.56 ERA, 22.2 K%, 8.3% BB
20 Cade Marlowe OF .273/.343/.511, 3 HR, 9.1% BB, 27.3% K
24 Zach DeLoach OF .256/.378/.388, 3 HR, 14.9% BB, 31%K
40 Stephen Kolek RHP 9 G, 14.2 IP, 3.68 ERA, 27.4% K, 6.5% BB

Mariners Draft Spotlight

We are getting close to the end of the college baseball regular season, and some prospects are rising up draft boards based on their performances, and one of those players with a rising stock is outfielder Chase Davis. Davis is an outfielder from the University of Arizona and he is having a fantastic season. He is slashing .367/.500/.710 in 214 plate appearances with 14 home runs and 14 doubles. Davis also has 34 walks compared to 29 strikeouts.

Joe Doyle of Future Stars Series is very high on the lefty, saying, “Outside of Dylan Crews and Wyatt Langford, it’s difficult to find another hitter in the entire country who posted a more well-rounded offensive profile than did Davis. Scouts now see a player who can not only hit for average, but should draw plenty of walks and hit for power too.” That is high praise for the 21-year-old, and he has been hitting well lately.

Mariners Prospects in the News’s Sam Dykstra wrote about one positive surprise in each organization, including a young pitcher in Seattle’s system.

Daniel Kramer highlighted a successful MLB debut for young reliever Juan Then.

Daniel Kramer wrote about six Mariners prospects in the upper minors that could debut in the Major Leagues this season.

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Curtis Christianson

Curtis Christianson is the Athletic Director at Concordia Christian Academy. He also works in the Tacoma Rainiers clubhouse during the baseball season.

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