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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Freddy Gonzalez showed patience at high-A; Saw five seasons, made AA

Freddy Gonzalez broke out of a bit of a slump in this May 1990 game at high-A Vero Beach and he did it in a big way - with two home runs, The Indian River Press Journal wrote.

Through his interpreter and teammate Mike Piazza, Gonzalez explained why, The Press Journal wrote.

"I showed more patience," Gonzalez told The Press Journal. "I was looking for a good pitch to hit."

Gonzalez picked up that two-home-run game in his third season as a pro. He went on to see two more. He topped out at AA.

Gonzalez' career began in 1988, signed by the Dodgers as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Gonzalez started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .292 in 47 games there in 1988. He then returned there and hit .380 over 51 games in 1989.

He made high-A Vero Beach for 1990. He got into 106 games and hit .299. He hit 13 home runs overall.

Gonzalez moved to high-A Bakersfield and AA San Antonio for 1991, but for an abbreviated season. He saw 34 total games on the year, 12 at San Antonio. He hit .236.

He returned to Vero Beach and San Antonio for 1992. He saw 90 games at Vero Beach and 17 at San Antonio. He hit .248 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,856
Made the Majors:1,292-33.5%
Never Made Majors:2,564-66.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:323

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