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Legitimate Two-Way All Conference C/SS/P & International Veteran

Name: Michael Gonzalez

Height: 5'9

Weight: 80 kg

DOB: December 31, 1993

Status Available

Date Available: October 13, 2019

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Coach, Utl, 2B, SS, C, SP, RP

Positions (alt): Utl, 1B, 3B, OF

College: La Sierra University

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Personal

Michael Gonzalez is a pure legitimate utility player originally from Fontana, California. Michael played his college ball at La Sierra University in California where he played a huge part in turning the program around. They were 2-38 his freshman year and by the time his senior year came around, they were 17-27 and only 2 games out of playoffs which is a huge turn around in college baseball. He played in the Cal Pac conference his senior year which is arguably one of the best conferences in the country in the NAIA. Michael was a four year two-way starter, team captain, and won numerous accolades while also leading the team in conference play his senior year with 18 RBI’s, .370 batting average, and a .648 slugging percentage as seen in this article. Also started 2 games on the mound in conference play and threw complete games both games while leading the team in ERA and CG’s. He was All Conference as a utility/two way player and also named male athlete of the year. He started at all 9 positions on the field but primarily shortstop, pitcher, and catcher throughout his 4 years. Michael was the teams set up man and big game spot starter all 4 years as well. He pitches from a 3/4 arm angle with his arsenal including an upper 80’s sinker as well as a curveball, slider, and change up. Defensively beyond the fact he his very versatile, he has a plus arm across the diamond with ability to throw the ball 90+ mph. Behind the dish, he was described by coaches as having superior knowledge of the game, great at handling a pitching staff, and next level ability of calling a game.

Post college Michael took his career overseas first to Austria in 2016 to play for the Rohrbach Crazy Geese half way through their season right after his college graduation. Where he led the league in numerous offensive categories, while hitting a staggering batting average of .528. He then played winter ball in Western Australia where he put up similar numbers but exhibited more power with 10 doubles and 4 home runs and was a top hitter for the winter according to IBC. Michael then returned to Europe but this time to France to play with the French Cubs, a league known for importing a lot of pitchers. Once again Michael had a successful season at the plate but was used more for his pitching than with previous teams posting an era of 1.63 with 49 K’s in 45 innings pitched. His 0-3 record does not justify his performance and the 18 unearned runs of 26 total with the lowest ERA in the league is a pretty good indication of how he can be 0-3 with these stats. He was recognized by IBC as a top 5 two-way player and pitcher overseas.

Michael went back home for the 2017-2018 winter after three straight seasons overseas due to the fact he had signed an Independent ball contract to the Desert League which took place in winter. Unfortunately for him the league folded early in the season, so he didn’t get to play all winter like anticipated. So while back home he still continued to train with his first real offseason to lift and hit with his hitting coaches Derek Evans and Darrell Evans who is a former MLB Hall of Fame Nominee and is the current hitting coach of numerous current MLB and MILB players. Also he took on a coaching role at his former college La Sierra University while being home. During this time he went from 165 pounds which was his college playing weight to 180 pounds. He also felt that a full offseason with his hitting coaches helped him work on his swing to create even more power.

Michael for the 2018 season played in Switzerland where he coached the U15 Switzerland national team and helped the Lucerne Eagles to their best record in club history while being a league leader in several offensive categories. He ended up being part of the top European success stories by IBC in this article and also did well enough in Switzerland to be recognized as one of Europe’s top offensive imports in this article. Michael just finished playing this past winter in New Zealand in the Auckland Premier League playing for the Waitakere Bears where he was awarded the MVP for the season and recognized as one of the top IBC hitters for the winter again in this article. For the 2019 summer, Michael went to the Czech Republic playing in the Extraliga for Skokani Olomouc which ended up being the bottom team in the league and ended up getting relegated. The team finished the season on a very long losing streak which he felt inflated/deflated his numbers. From there he decided to sign to play in the Netherlands with the Euro Stars in the Overgangsklasse for the 2nd half of their season. As he didn’t want to leave Europe on such a negative note and wanted to get back on track to winning and being successful on the field.

Michael is an international veteran who is very hard working, has become a leader of any team he has played for, and has proven to have consistent success overseas on both sides of the ball. Michael is made for the international game, with his ability to be a legitimate player at any position on the field. He is a very valuable asset to any club. Any club interested in Michael is encouraged to reach out with any questions or expressions of interest.

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2013-2016 La Sierra University NAIA - California Pacific Conference Team Captain, played all 9 positions, and batted 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Set school record for most wins both years. Voted as a Two-Way All Conference player. Freshman player of the year. Male athlete of the year his senior year. Holds numerous school records offensively, defensively, and pitching.
2014-2016 Orange County Jackalopes Orange County Collegiate League Played all 9 positions and batted 2nd, 3rd, or 4th.
2016-2019 International Stars International Tournament Team Played a different position each game while batting in different spots each game. Finkstonball and Prague baseball week. Won each tournament.
2016 Rohrbach Crazy Geese Austria League East Played primarily shortstop while also playing pitcher, catcher, and center field. Batted 1st or 3rd. Won the championship while personally leading league in most offensive categories.
2016-2017 Peel Mariners Western Australia League Played catcher and shortstop while batting either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the line up. Most wins in club history and made it to championship series while personally being at the top of the league for most offensive categories.
2017 Chartres Cubs French League Played primarily pitcher and shortstop, also played catcher while batting 3rd. D1 All star game invite. We were relegated from D1 to D2 in the season.
2017-2018 Imperial Ghost Riders Indy Ball Desert League Signed as an utility/two-way player. League folded at the beginning of the year.
2018 Lucerne Eagles Switzerland National League A Playing primarily catcher also played shortstop and pitcher while also batting 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. All star game invite. Most wins in club history while personally being near the top of the league for most offensive categories.
2018-2019 Waitakere Bears Auckland Premiere Baseball League Playing primarily shortstop and pitcher while also catching. Also batting 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Got the MVP award for the season.
2019 Skokani Olomouc Czech Republic Extraliga Playing primarily shortstop, catcher, and pitcher but also playing every other position on the field. Also batting 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Team got relegated at seasons end.
2019 Euro Stars Netherlands Overgangsklasse Playing primarily catcher, shortstop, and pitcher but also playing every other position on the field. Also batting 3rd or 4th.

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2009-2013 Head & Assistant Coach Fontana Community Little League 16u, 14u, 12u, & Softball
2015 Head Coach So Cal Bombers Travel Ball 16u
2016 Assistant Coach Rohrbach Crazy Geese Austria RLO & LLO
2016-2017 Head Coach Peel Mariners Western Australia A grade, C grade, 14u, & 12u
2017 Assistant Coach Chartres Cubs France 15u, 12u, & 9u
2017-2018 Recruiting Coach La Sierra University NAIA Recruit at High School and Junior College games. Also attend camps to spot potential future players.
2017-2018 Assistant Coach So Cal Shock Travel Ball 15u
2018 Assistant Coach Lucerne Eagles Switzerland NLA, NLB, 12u, & Softball
2018 Assistant Coach Swiss National Team International 15u
2018-2019 Assistant Coach Waitakere Bears Auckland New Zealand Premier, 19u, 16u, & 13u
2018-2019 Head Coach All Auckland Team New Zealand 16u
2019 Assistant Coach Skokani Olomouc Czech Republic Extraliga, 18u, & 15u
2019 Assistant Coach Euro Stars Netherlands Overgangsklasse 16u

Stats

Pro Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2016 Rohrbach Crazy Geese 21 53 32 28 9 4 1 22 23 1 11 2 .528 .698 .906
2016-2017 Peel Mariners 20 62 36 26 10 1 4 20 24 4 11 0 .419 .598 .806
2017 Chartres Cubs 22 76 20 28 5 1 0 11 10 7 8 1 .368 .473 .461
2018 Lucerne Eagles 28 96 65 42 10 0 8 42 35 14 10 2 .438 .593 .792
2018-2019 Waitakere Bears 13 52 21 22 5 0 4 12 11 6 9 0 .423 .538 .750
2019 Skokani Olomouc
2019 Euro Stars
Total Overseas 104 339 174 146 39 6 17 107 103 32 49 5 .431 .585 .732

Pro Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2016 Rohrbach Crazy Geese 1.29 0 0 7 3 7 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.57
2017 Chartres Cubs 1.63 3 1 45 39 49 17 1 26 8 0 3 0 1.24
2018 Lucerne Eagles 5.40 1 0 8.1 13 7 4 0 6 5 1 0 0 2.04
2018-2019 Waitikare Bears 0.85 0 0 16.1 10 31 5 0 7 2 1 0 0 0.92
2019 Skokani Olomouc
2019 Euro Stars
Total Overseas 1.89 4 1 76.2 65 94 27 1 41 16 2 3 3 1.21

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2013, 2015, & 2016 La Sierra University 116 290 45 82 20 3 5 62 40 52 5 4 .283 .455 .424

College/Amateur Pitching

Year Team ERA GS CG IP H SO BB HBP R ER Wins Losses SV WHIP
2013, 2015, & 2016 La Sierra Univeristy 6.14 5 2 54.2 77 25 24 10 54 37 2 2 0 1.86

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Testimonials

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Gabe Gamboa

Head Coach, La Sierra University
ggamboa@lasierra.edu

"I've had the privilege of coaching Michael Gonzalez for 4 years. His character and loyalty are unmatched. He's a great competitor and he loves to win. He brings an energy to the field that is attractive. Michael served as team captain during his four seasons here. Under his leadership we posted 2 seasons with the most wins in school history. In addition, he very versatile. He plays 9 positions on the field and competes at every single spot with a very plus arm. His bat developed quite well, he came in as a pull side dominant ground ball guy to a power threat that can drive the ball to the gaps consistently and leave the yard. I'm more than happy to give Michael Gonzalez an endorsement".

Mark Boyer

Head Coach, Austria Rohrbach Crazy Geese
mboyer05@gmail.com

"From day one of being on The Geese Mike fit right into our team dynamic. He got along with everyone from the start and quickly became a team leader. He acclimated to playing in Europe very quickly, which is hard for most players. He is very hard working, spending most of his free time at the field getting extra work in and also helping his teammates get better. He has superior knowledge of the game and he has been a vital asset not only as a player, but also as an assistant coach. Defensively he is a true utility player playing every position with an extremely strong arm. He has also been a huge help as a relieving pitcher for us. Offensively he can fit into any spot on the line up. He has great gap to gap power and has good speed on the bases. Overall Mike is a player that any coach would be lucky to have. He plays to win and pushes everyone around him to get better."

Derek Evans

Professional Hitting Coach and son of MLB Legend Darrell Evans
dakk311@gmail.com

"Michael is a very hard worker. He comes into the facility every chance he gets and works his butt off. He gets the opportunity to work daily with former MLB, current MLB, and MiLB baseball players. He always soaks in all the knowledge that they and I have about the game. He would be a great fit for any team looking for a solid ball player who legitimately knows the game at the very highest level."

Additional Info

Accolades:

Overseas- Championship in Austria, Most wins in Australian and Switzerland club history, All Star game invitee x3, PBW championship x3, and Finkstonball championship. 2016-2017 IBC Winter Top Hitter, 2017 France Pitcher of the year, 2017 IBC Top Two-Way player,  2018 IBC Top Hitter, Auckland League MVP 2018-2019, and 2018-2019 Winter IBC Top Hitter.

2016- Cal Pac All conference, Cal Pac Scholar Athlete, Male Athlete of the year, and La Sierra Golden Eagle Award “Top Athlete in School”

2014 & 2015- Orange County Collegiate League All Star and most wins in College history

2013- NAIA Independent newcomer athlete of the year, NAIA Independent freshman player of the year, and La Sierra Freshman/Newcomer of the year

2012- All County, All League, and Pitcher of the Year

 

Personal:

Signing Preferences: looking for a club that can provide fights, accommodation, and a small salary to cover living expenses.

Need to return home by: No timetable on return

Education: Management/Marketing Degree, La Sierra University

Hobbies & Interests: Passion for all sports. Played American football as well as basketball in high school. Also enjoys bowling.

Post-Baseball Plans: To become a baseball coach, hopefully at his alma mater La Sierra University

Injuries: None

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