Saturday, July 13, 2013

Prospects Plus: Severnio Gonzalez

NAME: Severino Gonzalez
POSITION: right-handed pitcher
TEAM: Lakewood BlueClaws
PROSPECT STATUS: not ranked by Baseball America in the Phillies top 30 prospect list
STATS VS. HICKORY FRIDAY NIGHT: six innings pitched, three hits allowed, two walks, 11 strikeouts and zero runs allowed.

POSITIVES:  Totally overpowered hitters during his six innings of works. The prospect rich Crawdads could do nothing with him. Gonzalez sat between 87-90 miles per hour on his fast ball, while showing a variety of off speed pitches. Gonzalez has shown a great ability to pound the strike zone. Some have said that he is a right hand version of Phillies top prospect Jesse Biddle. In four starts for the Blueclaws Gonzalez has strike out 31 hitters in 21 innings. During that time he has allowed 10 hits and four earned runs.

NEGATIVES: While having good stuff, Gonzalez does not have that overpowering fastball that you would like to see. In his three four starts in Lakewood, Gonzalez has little to show the need for a plus fastball.

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