Legitimate Two-Way All Conference Utility/RHP & International Veteran (SIGNED IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC FOR 2019)
Name: Michael Gonzalez
Weight: 80 kg
DOB: December 31, 1993
Date Available: March 23, 2019
Positions: Coach, Utl, 2B, SS, C, RP
Positions (alt): Utl, 1B, 3B, OF, SP
College: La Sierra University
Michael Gonzalez is a pure legitimate utility player originally from Fontana, California. Michael played his college ball at La Sierra University, where he was a four year two-way starter, team captain, and won numerous accolades. He started at all 9 positions on the field but primarily shortstop, pitcher, and catcher throughout his 4 years. He throws from a 3/4 to side arm angle with his arsenal including a mid to 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. During his final two seasons at La Sierra he was a mainstay in the lineup not only because of his versatility to play all 9 positions on the field but also his consistent hitting. Michael led the team in conference play with 18 RBI’s, .370 batting average, and a .648 slugging percentage. He was All Conference the only year his school was in a conference as a utility/two way player and also named male athlete of the year.
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. 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 .368 / .473 / .461 but was used more for his pitching then 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 overseas for the season coming in at #3. During these 3 seasons, he was also the top defensive shortstop/catcher in all 3 leagues with the best fielding percentage at the positions.
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 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. He felt that the offseason with them helped him completely work on his swing and help him become even more of a power threat at the plate. Also he took on a coaching role at his former college La Sierra University while being home.
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 and also did well enough in Switzerland to be recognized as one of Europe’s top offensive imports this past summer in this articles below. Now Michael is currently playing in New Zealand in Auckland playing for the Waitakere Bears for the 2018-2019 winter season.
Michael is a 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.
|2018-2019||Assistant Coach||Waitakere Bears||Auckland New Zealand||Premier, 19u, 16u, & 13u|
|2018||Assistant Coach||Swiss National Team||International||15u|
|2018||Assistant Coach||Lucerne Eagles||Switzerland||NLA, NLB, 12u, & Softball|
|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|
|2017||Assistant Coach||Chartres Cubs||France||15u, 12u, & 9u|
|2016-2017||Head Coach||Peel Mariners||Western Australia||A grade, C grade, 14u, & 12u|
|2016||Assistant Coach||Rohrbach Crazy Geese||Austria||RLO & LLO|
|2015||Head Coach||So Cal Bombers||Travel Ball||16u|
|2009-2013||Head & Assistant Coach||Fontana Community||Little League||16u, 14u, 12u, & Softball|
|2016||Rohrbach Crazy Geese||21||53||32||28||9||4||1||22||23||1||11||2||.528||.698||.906|
|2015-2016||La Sierra University||88||270||42||77||18||3||5||59||38||48||5||5||.285||.385||.430|
|2015||La Sierra University||3.31||2||2||16.33||21||8||7||2||11||6||1||1||0||1.71|