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50 Miguel Gonzalez SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/168 | Birthdate: 5/27/1984 | Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Baltimore | College: Mission CC (CA) | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $502,000 | Owned/Started%: 44/23 | Average Draft Position: 253.75
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Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez goes 7 2/3 scoreless in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:24 am ET) Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Baltimore's 4-0 win over the Rays Saturday. Gonzalez scattered four hits in the start with six strikeouts and one walk.

Gonzalez only allowed one baserunner to reach third in the first seven innings of work, who was left stranded in the third inning when Steven Souza grounded out.

"I think from the get-go, my fastball was pretty good, both sides of the plate, and we played a really good ballgame overall," Gonzalez said. "Everything was great."

Then in the eighth, Gonzalez got two outs, but put two men on base before manager Buck Showalter pulled him.

"He was carrying a couple extra clicks with the fastball," Showalter said. "But to be carrying that extra fastball is one thing. It's having command of it. He got a lot of first-pitch get-me-over breaking-ball strikes, too."

Gonzalez, now 3-1, lowered his ERA to 2.59. He will look to keep rolling Friday against the Yankees.


O's SP Miguel Gonzalez yields two HRs in no-decision vs. Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk in six innings during a no-decision Friday against the Red Sox. He struck out one.

Gonzalez held Boston off the scoreboard for four innings, while Baltimore built a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Red Sox got going in the fifth inning. David Ortiz had a two-out, three-run homer before Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run, putting Boston ahead 4-2.

The Orioles would rally to tie the game in the seventh inning, getting Gonzalez off the hook for the loss.

"I've got to tell you, I didn't think Miguel was carrying his normal stuff and he got through it," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNsports.com.

Gonzalez, who is 2-1 through four starts, is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday against the White Sox.


Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez earns second win Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez went five innings Sunday, allowing three runs on five hits in Baltimore's 8-3 win over the Red Sox. Gonzalez, who also struck out five on the day, only had issues in the first inning.

After putting two of the first three batters on base, Gonzalez surrendered a first pitch home run over the Green Monster to Hanley Ramirez to score three.

"I think I was getting a feel for the ball," Gonzalez said to MASN Sports. "It's dry out there, it's cold, but I was able to minimize it, but obviously those three walks and the homer to Hanley (Ramirez) got me a little bit, but I settled down after that."

Gonzalez settled in after that, allowing just three hits over his final three innings of work. Gonzalez, now 2-1, boasts a 2.55 ERA in three starts and will look to keep rolling Friday against the Red Sox again.


Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez evens record with win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez evened his record at 1-1 with a win over the Yankees on Tuesday. 

Gonzalez pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. Gonzalez struck out 10 and walked one. Gonzalez threw 108 pitches, 76 for strikes, while lowering his ERA to 1.42. 

Gonzalez credited his split-fingered fastball for the performance. ""Yeah, it was working," he said, per MASN Sports. "I was happy with it. Was working on it during spring training and it has really paid off. We did a good job, we had it going."

Gonzalez next pitches on Monday, against the Red Sox and Justin Masterson. 


Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez struggles in start Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run on three hits in Baltimore's 2-0 loss to the Rays Wednesday. Gonzalez, who lasted 5 2/3 innings in the appearance, also added five strikeouts and five walks.

Gonzalez struggled with his control, throwing 39 balls of his 98 pitches in the game. His control issue led to him being pulled from the game after walking two straight hitters in the sixth. His reliever, Brian Matusz, then walked two more, leading to the 1-0 lead for Tampa Bay.

He begins the year with a 1.59 ERA. He will look to bounce back Tuesday against the Yankees.


Orioles' Gonzalez gives up three HRs in minor-league game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez threw 65 pitches in five innings during a minor-league game Friday, per MASNsports.com. He allowed three home runs, but otherwise was happy with his outing.

"It was crazy," he said. "First pitch, I would throw a fastball and they would take. Next pitch, I would throw a curveball and then I'd try to come back with a fastball. It was over the fence. 'I'm trying to work on something here, guys.'"

Gonzalez will start the third game of the season against the Rays.

"We have six starters. We don't know exactly what's going to happen with (Kevin) Gausman and Ubaldo (Jimenez), but I'm definitely excited for this season and being the third starter," he said. "Throwing the third game in Tampa is going to be exciting."


Orioles to start Chen Tuesday, Gonzalez Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Orioles will start pitcher Wei-Yin Chen Tuesday against the Rays for the team's second game of the season, while pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will take the mound Wednesday, CSNBaltimore.com reports.

Both Chen and Gonzalez were expected to join Opening Day starter Chris Tillman for the opening series against the Rays, and the team has settled on its probable pitchers for each game. Chen owns a 2.03 ERA and 6:1 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 spring innings. Gonzalez has delivered a 5.40 ERA and 16:1 K:BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.


Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez may get start in season-opening series


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/29/2015) When the Orioles open the season with a three-game series in Tampa Bay, manager Buck Showalter said Miguel Gonzalez will likely start one of the games, reports MLB.com.

“We’re leaning that way. It kind of slots him out the rest of the month where he should be," Showalter said. "Like I say, we’ve got a rare opportunity with playing in our division for as much as we do and the track record our starters have there in different venues against different teams and kind of take advantage of that.”

For his career, Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts at Tropicana Field.

Showalter said earlier this spring that Wei-Yin Chen would probably pitch among those first three games as well as Chris Tillman, who's been widely speculated as the club’s Opening Day starter.

Orioles' Gonzalez happy with outing, picks up second spring win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs on six hits and no walks in 3 2/3 innings during Saturday's 5-3 spring win against the Twins. Gonzalez (2-1) struck out four and threw 80 pitches.

"I felt great," he said, per MASNsports.com. "I executed my pitches. That's been an issue with my splitty. I definitely was happy with it this time. My fastball command was very good. Caleb (Joseph) did a great job and made some nice plays. Overall, I know I didn't go five innings, but I got my work in and that's what really matters."

Gonzalez has a 4.26 ERA through four spring starts.


Tigers option Valdez, VerHagen, Machado, Fields, Bernard to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Tigers optioned Jose Valdez, Drew VerHagen, Dixon Machado and Daniel Fields to Triple-A Toledo and Wynton Bernard to Double-A Erie, according to MLive.com. The team also reassigned Tim Melville, Austin Green and Miguel Gonzalez to minor-league camp.

Orioles P Miguel Gonzalez gives up two earned runs in victory


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) After three scoreless and hitless innings, Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez gave up two earned runs and four hits in four innings during Monday's 16-4 rout over the Phillies. 

Gonzalez struck out four batters and walked none. His ERA for the spring now sits at 4.00. 

The Orioles' bats were on fire, as Cole Hamels gave up five earned runs on six hits. 

"They faced a really good pitcher. Obviously, it wasn't his day today," Gonzalez said. "That's the type of guys we have in our clubhouse. They're going to get things done. I was really happy and fortunate to be a part of it."


Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez settles down after rocky first inning


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez took the hill for the second time this spring Wednesday against the Blue Jays. He allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out one in three innings.

Gonzalez got off to a rocky start, allowing the first two batters to reach base via singles. The Blue Jays would score twice in the first inning before Gonzalez settled down to retire the final seven batters he faced.

"Obviously, the first inning I was up," Gonzalez said, per MASNsports.com. "Just falling, falling early, rushing a little bit. I had time to work on it on my side and I'll just go from there.

"Hopefully, next time it will be a little better. It wasn't that bad. A couple of hits in the first inning, got some runs. I was falling behind a couple of guys, just didn't give in. Made some good pitches when I needed to."

Gonzalez is competing for a spot in the rotation. Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris are expected to be in the rotation, with Gonzalez, Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez competing for the final two spots.

"The last few years has been like that," Gonzalez said. "Everyone is getting the opportunity to go out there and do their job. All we've got to do is go out there and do as best as possible. Just be yourself every time you're out there."


Orioles' Showalter indicates Gonzalez might be ready for 200 innings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is in good shape at the start of spring training, per MASNsports.com.

"I don't know if you all tapped on him, but he's like a rock," Showalter said. "He's got a goal of pitching 200 innings this year because that's been the one kind of bugaboo on him. Miggy's not the type of guy to talk about this, but his whole offseason he spent a lot of time with (vice president of baseball operations) Brady (Anderson). I hit him the other day and it was like hitting a rock. His body fat is actually down and his weight's up.

"The wear and tear, he's always had a couple spots where he's needed a DL period or miss a start. He's very upfront. If you know Miggy's personality, it's not like he's shirking a responsibility. If we can stay away from that, he could go to another level physically. He's done everything he can to be there for us every fifth day.

"He was pretty good last year, but the one thing he's missing is that durability."


Orioles, Miguel Gonzalez avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) The Orioles have avoided arbitration with pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, with the two sides settling on a one-year salary for $3,275,000, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Gonzalez made 26 starts and one relief appearance with the Orioles in 2014, going 10-9 with a 3.23 ERA and 111:51 K:BB ratio in 159 innings. He was in his first year of arbitration eligibility.


Report: Orioles heading for arbitration with three players


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Orioles appear to be heading for arbitration with Zach Britton, Miguel Gonzalez and Ryan Flaherty, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Britton submitted for $4.2 million while the team offer $2.2 million for the 27-year-old. He pitched 76 1/3 innings in 2014, with 37 saves and a 1.65 ERA.

Gonzalez filed for $3.95 million while Baltimore offered $2.5 million. Gonzalez made $529K in 2014, when he posted a 10-9 record with a 3.23 ERA and 111 strikeouts.

Flaherty filed for $1.5 million and the Orioles offered $900K. The 28-year-old made $522K in 2014, when he hit .221 with a .356 slugging percentage.


O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Miguel Gonzalez takes loss, Orioles eliminated Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was stuck with a loss Wednesday, allowing two earned runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Royals as the Orioles were swept in the ALCS and eliminated from the postseason.

Gonzalez (0-1) saw both runs score on an infield groundball in the first inning, as catcher Caleb Joseph was unable to hang on to the ball on a play at the plate, with a second runner coming home as Joseph chased the ball down. Gonzalez hit two batters on the day as he continued to deal with control issues in his first appearance during this postseason. The Orioles fall in their first ALCS appearance since 1997.


Orioles sticking with Miguel Gonzalez for Game 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) The Orioles will send Miguel Gonzalez to the mound for Game 4 against the Royals, according to MASN.

The move was announced early Tuesday, but there was some thought manager Buck Showalter could change his mind with the season on the line. Chris Tillman, who pitched Friday, may have been available for the start, but Showalter confirmed he would go with Gonzalez.

Gonzalez posted a 3.23 ERA over 159 innings. He hasn't pitched since September 28.


Miguel Gonzalez draws Game 4 start Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez has been confirmed as the starter for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series Wednesday, masnsports.com reports.

Gonzalez hasn't pitched in a game since tossing five scoreless innings on Sept. 28. He finished the season with a 10-9 record, 3.23 ERA and 111:51 K:BB ratio in 159 innings. Gonzalez faced the Royals once during the regular season, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings in a loss on April 27.


Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez set to pitch for Orioles in KC


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) As expected, Buck Showalter has tabbed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to start Game 3 of the American League Championship Series for the Orioles in Kansas City on Monday. Righty Miguel Gonzalez is set to pitch the following day.

Chen had been in consideration to pitch Game 2 on Saturday, but the nod went to Bud Norris. Gonzalez finished the regular season strong with just 10 runs allowed in his last 51 1/3 innings pitched.


Report: Orioles change plans, tab Bud Norris to start Game 3


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) The Orioles have adjusted the team's ALDS rotation, moving pitcher Bud Norris to Sunday to start Game 3 in Detroit against the Tigers.

Norris was initially slated to pitch Game 4, with Miguel Gonzalez slated to make the Game 3 start, but the team announced early Saturday that Norris will pitch Sunday instead. The Orioles hold a 2-0 lead over the Tigers and will look to close out the series Sunday with Norris on the mound. Gonzalez is expected to start Game 4 if needed.


Miguel Gonzalez named Game 3 starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will start Game 3 of the American League Division Series Sunday in Detroit against the Tigers.

Gonzalez tossed five scoreless innings while starting the team's final regular-season game last Sunday, and he'll have a chance to put the Orioles into the next round as Baltimore enters Sunday's game with a 2-0 lead in the series. Gonzalez went 10-9 with a 3.23 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 111:51 K:BB ratio in 159 innings during regular season. He pitched even better in the second half, posting a 2.19 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 70 innings.


Miguel Gonzalez to get the start Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will start Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Ubaldo Jimenez was set to make the start, but has been moved back to the bullpen. Gonzalez has a 3.33 ERA over 154 innings. 


Orioles' ALDS rotation taking shape


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/23/2014) Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun he will use four starting pitchers for the American League Divisional Series. Chris Tillman is on course to be the team's starter for Game 1 on Oct. 2, and Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen are the likely starters for Games 2 and 3, though their order has yet to be determined.

Should the series advance to a Game 4, Bud Norris would be the leading candidate to make that start.


Orioles shuffle starting rotation


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) The Orioles will start right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez at the Yankees on Tuesday, allowing them to stick to their plan of giving each of their starting pitchers an extra day of rest heading into the postseason.

"There's a fine line between not having enough rest and having too much rest, so we're trying to have every guy that pitches get one extra day before the start," manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. “We're going to try to give everybody, so you're not too far away from the ball but you get a little extra rest. They all seem to respond well to that."

While left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday at the Yankees, right-hander Chris Tillman won't start again until Friday at Toronto. Miguel Gonzalez will start the team's final game Sunday at Toronto.

As of now, Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to start Wednesday's and Thursday's games at the Yankees, but that could change. Jimenez could end up making a second start before season's end.