Pirates’ Gonzales Named AFL Top Performer

Desert Speed School alum and Pittsburgh Pirates first-round draft pick Nick Gonzales was named an Arizona Fall League Top Performer recently, following a strong offensive performance at the plate for the Peoria Javelinas. From MLB.com:

Gonzales reached base four times with two singles and two walks in Peoria’s loss, driving in a run with one of his base knocks. The slugging second baseman, who has cracked three doubles through six contests in Arizona, is looking to build off an impressive 2021 campaign in which he shook off a finger injury and went on a hot streak that lasted from mid-July to the end of the season. In his debut year, Gonzales mashed 18 homers and 45 extra-base hits in 80 games, slashing .302/.385/.565 with a .950 OPS for High-A Greensboro. To start his time in the Fall League, the 2020 Draft’s seventh overall pick has posted a .292 average and an .810 OPS while getting some reps in at shortstop.

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