In a Spring Training relief outing against the Yankees, Gonzalez was supposed to go two innings, but only ended up going only 1.2 IP. In that 1.2 IP, he only allowed one earned run on one hit while striking out two. That part of his line sounds impressive, but the rest does not. He walked four, faced eleven batters, allowed a passed ball, had terrible control, low velocity, and threw 51 pitches.
The Philly Inquirer’s Matt Gelb caught up with Gonzalez, and the 27-year old Cuban defector was about as pleased as Phillies fans probably were.
Gonzalez was not pleased with his outing. Said he was not sharp. Promised more velocity.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) March 1, 2014
Last week, manager Ryne Sandberg also voiced his lack of enthusiasm surrounding the pitcher that the Phillies gave a 3-year, $12 million contract to.
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