Miguel Gonzalez Begins Rehab with Threshers

Miguel Gonzalez was activated today and began his Major League Rehab Assignment.  He started for the Threshers and was less than impressive.  I went down to the bullpen to watch his pre-game warmups.  It wasn’t pretty.  He was consistently high with most of his pitches.  At one point, the pitching coach (Bob Milacki, I think) stopped him to pantomine a delivery and release.  A few pitches later, Gonzalez launched a wild pitch that Logan Moore could barely get leather on.  The ball rattled around in the walkway and eventually rolled through the open door into left field.

When the game started, Gonzalez’ control problems continued.  He struck out the first batter he faced, but fell behind all three 1st inning batters 1-0, in an 11-pitch inning where he threw only 6 strikes.

In the 2nd inning, he continued to deliver pitches that were high out of the strike zone.  And he continued to pitch behind in the count to most batters.  Gonzalez loaded the bases with nobody out on two singles and a walk.  The Hammerheads only managed one run on a sacrifice fly.  Gonzalez threw 20 pitches, only 10 were strikes.

Gonzalez’ 3rd inning was a little easier thanks to his defense.  With a runner on first and one out, a ball was hit deep into the right-center field gap.  Pete Lavin chased down the ball and made a run-saving, running, leaping catch.  After crashing off the wall, he threw the ball back into the infield to easily double the runner off first for his 8th outfield assist of the season.  This was a 10-pitch inning, 6 strikes.  By now the Jupiter squad was hitting him hard.

Gonzalez pitched himself into trouble again in the 4th inning.  Two singles and his second walk sandwiched another diving catch by Lavin.  He looked like he was going to escape the inning unscathed when a ball was hit sharply to Art Charles at first base.  He stabbed at the bag with his foot and threw home to Logan Moore who applied the inning ending tag.  The base umpire ruled no force at first.   A subsequent single plated 2 runs.  Gonzalez threw 20 pitches and 13 strikes.

The Threshers’ rallied to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, so Gonzalez took the mound in the 5th in a 3-3 tie.  He breezed through it with an 8-pitch, 5 strike inning.  His evening was over after that.  His line on his 69 pitch, 40 strike night was –

  • 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Gonzalez did not look sharp tonight.  His last outing was against XST batters.  Against Advanced A players, he was consistently high with his pitches.  He showed a nice off speed pitch that froze a few hitters early in the count, but wasn’t in a position to put a hitter away very often.  Frankly, it appeared that they didn’t respect his fast ball.  The batters were swinging early and often at his pitches.  If it hadn’t been for 2 great catches by Lavin, Gonzalez’ line would have been uglier.

The game ended as so many Threshers’ games have ended this season, with a loss.  However, tonight they battled back twice to tie the game and actually taking the lead in the 8th inning.  But the bullpen coudn’t preserve the game.

Nick Ferdinand drove in two runs with a single.

Malquin Canelo drove in 1 run with a single but commited a costly error that allowed an unearned run.

Harold Martinez put the Threshers ahead with a  2-run single.

Andrew Knapp lined a single to center in his first at bat, he finished 2-4.

Brian Pointer, Art Charles, Harold Martinez, and Logan Moore also had 2-hit nights.

Threshers are on the road for the next 10 days.

 

11 thoughts on “Miguel Gonzalez Begins Rehab with Threshers

      1. No problem. I see reports in the papers this AM that he was 92-94 and is still working on some mechanical issues.

  1. Yeah. What was the velocity? The reports were that he was hitting 94 last week. If the velocity was there and he struggled with control I’ll give him the benefit of being a little rusty. If not then there’s really nothing good to take out of this outing.

    1. Because of the late change in the starting pitcher and the questionable weather in the area all day, I didn’t see any of the scouts who would have normally covered a rehab start like this. So there were no radar guns available to look over someone’s sholuder. In fact, I didn’t see any Phillies people in the stands where they would normally be to watch a player.

  2. Agreed, I can live with high fastballs if he was throwing hard. I’m sure he was pretty amped up. The next start might tell us more.

    1. This is his first game action in roughly 2 years, right? From yesterday’s game, I would be most interested in:
      1) velocity
      2) how does his arm feel today

      If the above are okay, I don’t put too much into his first appearance results (or his second and third for that matter). Of course we would all like to see better results, but it is good to see him finally out there.

      1. Actually, his first game action occured Saturday in a GCL game. In that game he maintained his 92-94 velo into the 5th inning before being lifted after 53 pitches. He was leaving his pitches up that day, too. That was against younger players than he faced last night. I don’t know his velo last night, but A level players didn’t seem to have a problem making solid contact against it. HIs next two starts will probably occur in St. Lucie and Daytona before he returns back to Clearwater for a start on May 30th or 31st. Hopefully, he’ll have improved by then and be in Reading or Lehigh Valley.

        1. Thanks Jim. I either missed his earlier start or forgot it – I don’t remember which one.

  3. I agree that we should give him the benefit of the doubt and wait for velocity reports (frustratingly, Clearwater doesn’t have a stadium gun) but I do have to say, Jim’s description of this latest start sounds eerily similar to the game where I saw him pitch against the Orioles in spring training. I’m not a scout and don’t pretend to be, but even a casual fan can tell its a bad thing when a pitcher is struggling even in his bullpen warmup.

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