Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Continues to Look Less Than Impressive

Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The last two fantasy updates for supposed phenom turned work-in-progress Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez are, well, less than impressive. From CBS Sports, via reader Joseph:

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.

Phillies pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez struggled with hiscontrol 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.

When it was first reported that the Phillies were signing MAG, his contract was supposed to be worth six years, $48 million (according to reliable baseball reporters). That was on July 27, 2013. Instead he got three years, $12 million. On August 30, 2013. Something happened. The Phillies were reportedly concerned after looking over MAG’s medical records. So what we’re left with instead of a guaranteed third starter is a guy who might not make the starting rotation. Fun times.

Side note: Going through the official team photos, here’s what turned up for A.J. Burnett. Gang. Fucking. Ster.

Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

And it all really hit home for me when going through those photos I saw: Mickey Morandini, Larry Bowa, Juan Samuel, Marlon Byrd and Bobby Abreu. I feel like I’m in some sort of weird time warp. I’m surprised Mariano Duncan didn’t swing by camp just to take a photo for old time’s sake. That should be the 2014 Phillies motto: For Old Time’s Sake.

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16 Responses

  1. It was his first time throwing the ball to hitters? Ever? And that concerned no one in the organization?

  2. Word is The Phillies are in contract negotiations to bring back Pete Incaviglia to also start over Darin Ruff. Ruben Amaro Jr.: “We felt Inky was a missing link to our ‘fuck you, buy tickets’ campaign of 2014. We think we can be competitive with his baseball insight.”

  3. I’m kind of amazed that the Phillies’ crack scouts and GM caught on to MAG’s injury BEFORE giving him the $48 million. I pictured Rube taking a look at the data and saying, “fuck the numbers, I’ve got a FEELING he’s gonna be the next Pedro!”

  4. Oh yeah, Burnett looks as bad-ass as Ryan Stiles on “Who’s Line is it Anyway”.

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  5. AJ Burnett looks like some hick from Cracker Country. He also looks like an illiterate punk which I am sure he is.

  6. The Titanic Season continues. Even Mauch is rurning over in his grave. Ben Chapman would say I would have gotten rid of Rollins and Howard.

  7. Yeah, we’re going to suck for a few years, if not for the next decade. You have to wonder what could have been if Howard and Utley weren’t so brittle. Does this MAG guy scrub his face with Skittles? Nice acne, esse.

  8. So, CBS Sports thinks the Phils manager is RYAN Sandberg? Those guys are good.

    How many beers have Fart-nell and G had since the Olympic break started?

    What did Mike Richards do over the Olympic break?

  9. Even MAG’s face here looks like he’s saying, “What? I have to actually pitch to hitters? Um, I have to talk to my agent…”

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