Gonzalez enters his fifth season with the Somerset Patriots and his fifth in the Atlantic League. He was the second-longest tenured player on the team last year and continues as one of the longest-tenured active players in the entire league this season. Last year, Gonzalez hit .263 with three home runs and 26 RBI over 82 games as the team’s primary catcher.
The Puerto Rico native enjoyed a notable 2017 season with the Patriots in which he finished second on the team in hitting (.291), including a .325 batting average in the first half of the year. That helped Gonzalez earn a selection as the Liberty Division starting catcher in the 2017 All-Star Game played at TD Bank Ballpark.
Only Alfredo Rodriguez (365 games) and Scott Kelly (349 games) have played more games in a Somerset uniform than Gonzalez (310 games) since he joined the team in 2016. Offensively, the popular backstop ranks second on the team in hits (279) and third in RBI (117) dating back to the beginning of his Patriots tenure.
“Yovi” owns a .270 average with eight home runs and 117 RBI over 310 games across four seasons in Somerset.
Additionally, Gonzalez has always excelled defensively. He ranked second among Atlantic League catchers in assists (52), third in caught stealing percentage (.343, min. 500 innings) and fourth in innings (652.0) last year. He also committed the least amount of errors (3) and allowed the least amount of passed balls (6) among catchers (min. 500 innings).
The former Cincinnati Reds farmhand was the only catcher in the league in 2018 to not record an error (min. 500 innnings) despite missing a month’s worth of action. He also led the league in fielding percentage among catchers in both 2016 and 2017 (minimum 650.0 innings), including just two errors over 659 chances in the 2017 season.
Gonzalez spent the first seven years of his career in the Reds organization, including Triple-A service in Louisville in 2013.
The Wabash Valley College alumnus has always excelled defensively throughout his career. He has thrown out 32.3% of potential base-stealers (222-686) over his career, including two seasons (2009, 2011) of over 50%. Additionally, Gonzalez holds a career .992 fielding percentage behind the plate.
He has 23 home runs and 233 RBI over 629 minor league games in his professional career.