2023 MLB DRAFT: Joseph Gonzalez, RHP — Auburn

Joseph Gonzalez had been much higher in many rankings, but made just one February start before getting shut down. It was 2022 where he really elevated his stock, posting a 7-4 record and 3.22 ERA in 15 outings, including 14 starts. He is, as Joe Doyle also points out below, a pitchability guy, typically having a lower K rate than most in the Draft; he had 54 in 78 1/3 innings during that sophomore year.

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FSS Event History: Gonzalez threw for the World Team at International Week in 2019, where he handled himself very well against arguably the most loaded lineup in the history of the event; he retired both Dylan Crews and Tommy Troy, who are projected to potentially be Top 10 picks in the upcoming Draft.

Current Ranking in Joe Doyle’s FSS Plus Top 600: 281

Joe Doyle on Gonzalez:

Gonzalez is a pitchability righty with low-90s stuff. His slider is the best secondary forcing the opposition to chase out of the zone at truly extreme rates thanks to two-plane break. There’s also feel for a changeup and he’s flirted with a curveball as well. Gonzalez has a great pitching body and figures to add “stuff” as he ages. He’s far from a complete product right now, though the clay is fantastic. Gonzalez missed almost the entire 2023 campaign with arm soreness and there’s worries of what that could lead to in the future.

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