Miguel González (pitcher)

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Miguel González
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González with the 2017 Chicago White Sox
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1984-05-27) May 27, 1984 (age 35)
Pegueros, Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 29, 2012, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through April 17, 2018)
Win–loss record52–57
Earned run average4.06

Miguel Ángel González Martín (born May 27, 1984), also known by his nickname El Mariachi,[1] is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles from 2012 to 2015, the White Sox from 2016 through 2017, the Texas Rangers in 2017 and the Chicago White Sox in 2018. He played college baseball at Los Angeles Mission College.

Early life[edit]

González was born in Mexico but moved with his family to San Fernando, California at four years old.[2] He grew up a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.[3] González attended San Fernando High School and Los Angeles Mission College.[2]


Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

González was originally signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as an amateur free agent in 2005. The following two years, he earned a number of honors[which?] with the Arkansas Travelers (Texas League/Double-A).[citation needed]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

He was selected by Boston in the 2008 Rule 5 draft. Out during the regular season while recovering from a knee injury, he made a comeback with the Venados de Mazatlán of the Mexican Pacific League.[citation needed]

In 2009, González underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season. He was outrighted to Pawtucket in November 2009.[citation needed]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

After two seasons in the Red Sox minor league system, González signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in March 2012. He would start at Triple-A. He said that he signed to play with fellow Mexican players Dennys Reyes, Luis Ayala and Óscar Villarreal, as well as the fact that the Orioles gave him the opportunity to improve his skills.[4]

Gonzalez made his first major league start on July 6, 2012, against the Los Angeles Angels and earned the win, limiting the Angels to one run and three hits over seven innings. The Orioles won the game 3–2. In the game, González honored his former teammate Nick Adenhart, who died in 2009, by wearing a glove given to him by Adenhart when they were teammates in 2007 with the Arkansas Travelers.[5] For the 2012 regular season he went 9–4 with a 3.25 ERA in 14 starts.[6] González also started Game 3 of the 2012 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees, departing the game with a 2-1 lead but no-decisioned when the Yankees tied the game in the ninth inning and won it in the twelfth.

On May 9, 2013, González was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an unhealed blister on his throwing thumb; at the time he had a record of 2-2 in six starts with an ERA of 4.58.[7] González pitched in 30 games in 2013, making 28 starts. He pitched to a 3.78 ERA in 171​13 innings, striking out 120 batters. He earned a record of 11-8 on the year.[citation needed]

On September 3, 2014, González pitched the first complete game and shutout of his career against the Cincinnati Reds.[8] He finished the season with a 10-9 record in 27 games (26 starts), pitching to an ERA 3.23 and WHIP of 1.30. He struck out 111 batters and pitched to a 122 ERA+. González made one start in the ALCS against the Royals, going 5​23 innings while allowing two runs (one earned). He took the loss in game 4, ultimately ending the Orioles season.[citation needed]

González struck out a career-high 10 batters on April 14, 2015.[9] González struggled with injuries throughout 2015, and finished with the worst year of his career. He went 9-12 in 26 starts and finished with a 4.91 ERA.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

González for the 2017 Chicago White Sox

On March 30, 2016, González received his unconditional release by the Orioles, who opted to cut him rather than send him to the minor leagues at the beginning of the 2016 season.[10]

In April 2016, González signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. [11] González appeared in 24 games, 23 starts for the White Sox posting an ERA of 3.73. He finished with a record of 5-8. González began the 2017 season in the White Sox starting rotation. He spent a few weeks on the disabled list, limiting him to just 22 starts.

Texas Rangers[edit]

On August 31, 2017, the White Sox traded González to the Texas Rangers for infielder Ti'Quan Forbes.[12] In 5 starts for the Rangers, González was 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA.

Return to the White Sox[edit]

González signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract with the White Sox on January 11, 2018.[13] He appeared in 3 starts only before being lost for the season due to rotator cuff inflammation which required season-ending surgery. [14] [15] He elected free agency on October 29.

Pitching style[edit]

González throws five pitches: a four seam fastball at 92-93 MPH, a sinker at 91 mph, a curveball at 77-80, a slider at 84-86 and a splitter at 82-85 for his out pitch.[16]

Personal life[edit]

González's wife, Lucía, gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Leah, in June 2013 in Southern California.[17] Their second child, a son named Mateo, was born in August 2017.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Miguel González y el origen de El Mariachi". Lasmayores.com (in Spanish). Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Painter Lopez, Jill (August 16, 2017). "Los Angeles Dodgers use five-run eighth to beat Chicago White Sox". United Press International. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Kane, Colleen (August 16, 2017). "Miguel Gonzalez's unforgettable week: Birth of son, first start at Dodger Stadium". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Ballesteros, Fernando (March 2, 2012). "CONFIRMA GONZÁLEZ". Puro Béisbol.
  5. ^ Plunkett, Bill (July 6, 2012). "Gonzalez supplies Adenhart memory". Orange County Register. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  6. ^ Official MLB.com profile MLB.com
  7. ^ "O's send Gonzalez to DL, call up right-hander Burnett". May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "O's belt three homers in Gonzalez's first shutout". September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  9. ^ Malewski, Steve (April 14, 2015). "Miguel Gonzalez pitches a gem, Adam Jones drives in two in win over Yankees". MASNSports.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  10. ^ "Miguel Gonzalez: Granted unconditional release Wednesday". CBSSports.com. March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  11. ^ "Ex-Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez signs minor league deal with White Sox, source says". Baltimoresun.com. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Daryl Van Schouwen, @CST_soxvan. "White Sox trade Gonzalez to Rangers for minor-league infielder". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "White Sox sign Miguel Gonzalez to 1-year contract". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "White Sox's Miguel Gonzalez: Shifted to 60-day DL". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  15. ^ "White Sox's Miguel Gonzalez: Out 9-to-12 months after surgery". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "Player Card: Miguel Gonzalez". Brooksbaseball.net. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez's daughter, Leah, born Monday night". The Baltimore Sun. June 18, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2018.

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