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75 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 9/23/1986 | Birthplace: Havana, Cuba | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Philadelphia | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 6/0 | Average Draft Position: 241.23
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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez throwing from 100 feet


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is throwing from 100 feet, as he continues to work his way back from right shoulder tendinitis, MLB.com reports. The team has not provided a timetable for his return.

"Still working on some of his mechanics and it's getting better and better," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's feeling good."

Three added to 40-man roster by Phillies


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The Phillies have added outfielder Tony Gwynn, right-hander Jeff Manship and southpaw Mario Hollands to their 40-man roster, per MLB.com. They also placed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list.

Phillies place five on 15-day disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) As expected, the Phillies placed pitchers Mike Adams, Ethan Martin, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, and outfielder Darin Ruf and second baseman Freddy Galvis on the 15-day  disabled list on Thursday, ESPN reports.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez receives cortisone injection


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez received a cortisone injection into his injured right shoulder, per MLB.com. Gonzalez has been sidelined since March 12 with a shoulder injury.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez might resume throwing Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder) might resume throwing Monday, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. McClure considers the state of Gonzalez's shoulder soreness to be "minimal."

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez unsure of when he'll throw again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez said he doesn't know when he will test his injured shoulder, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. Gonzalez added the soreness in the front of his right shoulder is an ailment he's never encountered before.

"This popped up on me," Gonzalez said through a translator.

No MRI is currently scheduled for Gonzalez, who is expected to begin the season in the minors. However, he's still holding out hope he will open the year in the majors.

"As long as I'm here, I feel like I have an opportunity," Gonzalez said. "[The injury] is something out of my control. I feel like as long as I'm still here I have a shot."


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez sidelined by shoulder injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is being listed as day to day with a shoulder injury.

"He had some anterior soreness in his shoulder yesterday after throwing long toss," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, per the Philadelphia Daily News. "So we just pushed him back. Hopefully it’s only a day or so."

Amaro reiterated it was just soreness and Gonzalez was checked out by the medical staff Wednesday.

"Nothing alarming," Amaro said. "He felt better today."


Rotation spot slipping away for Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) The Phillies had slotted Cuban import Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez for the middle of their rotation in 2014, but his struggles are likely altering those expectations.

Gonzalez was pounded for four runs on four hits and two walks Friday against the Orioles. His second pitch was blasted for a triple by Nick Markakis and his next one was wild and allowed Markakis to score.

He has given up six hits and five earned runs in his 2 2/3 innings this spring. He has also walked six and struck out just one. Such numbers were not what the Phillies hoped for when they signed Gonzalez to a $12 million contract.

Gonzalez could be sent down to the minor league camp before the regular season begins to work on his delivery. "We're just going to be slow with him and adjust to what he does and help bring him along to get him ready for the baseball season," Ryne Sandberg told the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez struggles vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez surrendered four earned runs on four hits and two walks in one inning of work in his team's 15-4 loss to the Orioles Friday.

"In some ways, from the get-go, it's been a process with him," manager Ryne Sandberg told MLB.com Friday. "Not just to see him, but to help him along and build him up and help him get ready for a baseball season. It's still an unknown and he's still in the process of getting rust off and trying to improve quality and have some outings. But he threw too many pitches in an inning there to allow him to go back out."

Gonzalez is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, but his ERA sits at 16.88 through his first two outings. He's walked six batters in 2 2/3 innings while striking out two.


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez struggles on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Phillies right-hander and Cuban import Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was disappointed in his velocity and sharpness in his two-inning stint Saturday against the Yankees. He topped out at 93 mph, but pitched mostly between 88-91 mph, per MLB.com.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez's spring debut pushed back


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will have his spring debut pushed back from Thursday to Saturday because of an illness. He did not participate in Monday's team workout, but he will throw a side session before pitching Saturday.

Report: Phillies new pitcher struggling with velocity, control


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) The struggles have continued for Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who is listed as their fourth starter on the depth chart. His velocity is a concern, according to the Washington Daily Times, which is reporting that he cannot throw the ball past anyone in spring training.

The Cuban import, who has also shown shaky control, signed a three-year deal with the team in August.


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez struggles with control


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez struggled with his control facing live hitters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Manager Ryan Sandberg didn't seem too concerned about Gonzalez's struggles. "It was his first time doing that," Sandberg said, "and it's something he can learn from and build on." Gonzalez is taking part in his first spring training as part of a major-league team. He's expected to compete for a spot on the team's 25-man roster.


Phils counting on Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to meet potential


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw a bullpen session last week for new pitching coach Bob McClure at the team's spring complex in Florida, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Cuban pitcher, who signed a three-year, $12 million deal in August, will have no restrictions and will throw a normal schedule in spring training as the Phillies try to solidify their rotation plans.

"I'd like to have more depth in the middle of the rotation," Amaro said. "If I knew more what Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was, I would feel better about it. We think he has the potential to be that guy. It's not a slam dunk. We haven't seen him pitch. In some ways, we have to get lucky on that one."


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez getting acclimated in instructional league


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/13/2013) The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been playing catch in the Florida instructional league, as he is working up to eventually throwing off a mound. The Phillies are hoping Gonzalez can enter the 2014 season as their No. 3 starting pitcher behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.

Gonzalez defected from Cuba earlier in 2013 and was signed to a three-year, $12 million deal in August.


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez won't pitch until spring training


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2013) The Phillies are not expecting newly signed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to pitch competitively until spring training, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I don't think there is any necessity for him to go throw winter ball or anything like that," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "We just want to see where he's at. We want to get him assimilated into our organization and be ready to go for spring training."

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez a sneaky keeper pickup


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/30/2013) With Fantasy seasons winding down, and owners losing interest in their teams, the time to strike in long-term keeper leagues is now. And Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who officially agreed to a three-year deal with the Phillies Friday, makes for a sly late-season target in those formats. 

We don't know a ton about Gonzalez, but most reports are positive. And there was some talk of him being major-league ready for this September before contract haggling pushed his official signing back a month. Owned in 10 percent of leagues, Gonzalez is a huge mystery, but he's not going to cost much in terms of roster space and speculation, espeically for a team out of the playoff hunt. 

There's no chance we see him in 2013, but an astute keeper owner could reap the rewards next year if Gonzalez is as good as advertised. 


Phillies sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to three-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) The Phillies have signed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million deal Friday.

The two sides had reached an agreement on a six-year, $48 million deal, but that deal hit a snag. Neither side had commented on why that was the case, but there were rumors about Gonzalez's elbow health.


Report: Phillies, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez making little progress


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) There appears to be little progress made in the negotiations between the Phillies and Cuban right-handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, reports MLB.com. The six-year, $48 million contract the two sides agreed upon hit a snag a few weeks ago and little has changed recently.

In fact, if the deal happens, Gonzalez might make less than the $48 million initially agreed upon. The Phillies have declined comment ever since the story broke in late July. Numerous reports have mentioned scouts have questioned Gonzalez's elbow and health. He had bone spurs removed from his elbow within the past two years, although it has been written he had made a full recovery.


Phillies hit snag in deal with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) The Phillies have hit a snag in their negotiations with Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, according to MLB.com. 

The team reportedly reached a six-year, $48 million contract a few weeks ago, but have yet to officially announce the deal. The Phillies have given no reason for the holdup. There was some concern about Gonzalez's elbow from scouts after news of the deal had leaked. He had surgery to remove bone spurs within the last two years, but it was believed he had made a full recovery.


Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez worth a deep league gamble


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/30/2013) With the Phillies and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez agreeing to a six-year, $49 million contract, the question now becomes whether or not Gonzalez will pitch in the majors this season. His agent, Jamie Torres, told ESPN.com earlier this month that Gonzalez would only need "a couple of weeks" in the minor leagues before being ready for the majors.

Granted, these comments were made before Gonzalez signed, perhaps in an attempt to drive up his value to a contender, but the talented 26-year-old could find his way into the Phillies rotation, considering the team may have a couple holes after the trade deadline.

NL-only and Dynasty leaguers should make a play for Gonzalez, while owners in deeper formats are taking a bigger gamble, but still may want to consider it given their needs. He's an unknown quantity who may not pitch this year (there's a great primer on him here), but he singed a big contract, was pursued by several teams, and could be looked at like any other injury stash (Chris Carpenter, Danny Duffy) with hopes of starting some games this year. The talent is there, it's just the role that remains in question.