Via the recent print edition of Baseball America:
“He is a legitimate defender,” minor league head Mark Newman said of the 24-year-old [Alberto] Gonzalez. “He could be a quality utility player, and if he improves with the bat he could go farther.”
“He started the season at Triple-A, was sent to Double-A and when he went back to Triple-A, he hit a lot better than he did the first time,” Newman said. “His plate discipline improved.”
The progress Gonzalez showed during the second half continued in the Venezuelan League, where he hit .341/.394/.524 in 126 at-bats. So what happened during his first exposure to Scranton?
“You don’t really know. It could have been changing organizations (or) his first year starting the season at Triple-A or the cold weather. It’s hard to say,” Newman said.
Hey, if Orlando Cabrera can have a major league career, why not Alberto Gonzalez?