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Monday, June 24, 2019

Javier Gonzalez, Big Day - 13

Javier Gonzalez had a big day in this August 1993 game and his team got the win, according to The Associated Press.

Gonzalez knocked in three, two of them on a home run, as Binghamton went on to take the victory, 7-6, The AP wrote.

Gonzelez hit that home run in his eighth season as a pro. He went on to play in two more campaigns. He made AAA, but he never made the majors.

Gonzalez' career began in 1986, signed by the Mets as an amateur free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.

Gonzalez started with the Mets at rookie Kingsport. The catcher got into 25 games and hit .291,  along with five home runs.

He moved to short-season Little Falls for 1987. He went 1 for 5, with a home run and three RBI in an August contest. Overall, he hit .262 in 40 games.

Gonzalez played 1988 at single-A Columbia, then 1989 at single-A St. Lucie. He hit .246 in St. Lucie.

Gonzalez made AA Jackson for 1990. He saw 45 games and hit .175. He threw seven base runners out in 17 tries by early June.

Gonzalez made AAA Tidewater for a game in 1991, then another 39 games in 1992. He hit .208 there in 1992. 

Going into 1993, Gonzalez stayed with the big club in spring training until March 21, when he was sent to minor league camp. He started the year at Binghamton, where he hit a home run in an April game. 

Gonzalez played at AAA Norfolk for 17 games in 1994, his last with the Mets. He then saw 30 games with AA New Britain in the Red Sox system that year and 43 at AAA New Orleans in the Brewers system for 1995 to end his career.

Gonzalez soon started a brief career as a coach. He coached at rookie Helena in 1997 and is last credited as coaching at high-A Salem in 2001.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,148
Made the Majors:1,142-36.3%
Never Made Majors:2,006-63.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 475
10+ Seasons in the Minors:283-X

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