Wikelman Gonzalez Portland Sea Dogs Pitcher

Age: 21 
Born: March 25, 2002
Birthplace: Maracay, VZ
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (July 2018)
ETA: Mid 2025

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Wikelman Gonzalez Photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Wilder Lobo & Rolando Pino
Signing Bonus: $250,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
Pro Debut: June 1, 2019 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Slightly undersized frame. Sturdy lower half with marginal remaining projection in his upper body. Not that tall, looks heavier than his listed weight of 167 pounds. Athleticism has slightly decreased as he has physically matured.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts in the middle of the rubber, sliding to the first base side before he comes forward. Does not use a wind-up. Loose, quick arm. Rotational delivery. Medium-high leg kick. Stiff arm action that is short back and then quick forward. Arm can get out of sync and come through early because of how quick it is. Does not stay closed consistently and falls off hard to the first base side. Has worked to streamline delivery in the low minors. Used to have a lot more moving parts.

Fastball: 94-96 mph. Tops out at 97 mph. Live arm. Pitch shows good carry and life. Has shown the ability to hold 94-95 mph into the 6th inning in 2023, an improvement from past seasons, but tends to lose fastball command as he works deeper into games. Fastball will show bat-missing ability in the zone. Command and control are works in progress. Control is ahead of command and both will come and go within outings. Struggles to command to his arm side and will yank the pitch to the glove side when his arm gets out ahead of the rest of his delivery. Potential plus offering with refined command.

Curveball: 75-79 mph. Long, 11-to-5 break. Pitch shows tight rotation and depth. Really snaps it off confidently and will throw in any count to hitters from both sides of the plate. Advanced feel and has shown the ability to land it in the zone or bury it down and away when looking for whiffs. True major league-quality out pitch with significant bat-missing potential. Potential plus offering.
  Changeup: 84-88 mph. Deceptive arm speed. Flashes late drop where it falls off the table at its best. Will throw in any count to hitters from both sides, but primarily used as put-away pitch against left-handed hitters. Pitch is somewhat inconsistent and at times will be on the firm side. Potential above-average offering.

84-88 mph. 10-to-4 shape with varying length. Has shown some ability to spin, but is inconsistent. Still needs refinement and lags behind his other secondary pitches, but does show flashes. Potential fringe-average offering.

Career Notes: Opening Day starter in the DSL in 2019. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020. Had a breakout 2021 season with a strong showing in the FCL and in Low-A, jumping from the back end of the SoxProspects rankings into the top 15 by season's end. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021. Name was misspelled "Wilkelman" on official rosters and the like until April 2022 due a misunderstanding caused by its pronunciation.

Summation: Potential high-quality, multi-inning relief arm. Ceiling of a mid-rotation starter. Potential for three above-average-to-better pitches, but still a long way to go to get there and must significantly improve command and control to reach his ceiling. Still unclear whether his future home is as a starter or in the bullpen. Needs to throw more strikes and be more efficient with his pitches to last deeper into games. Does not have the typical size you look for in a starter. Has simplified his delivery over the course of his career, which should make it easier for him to keep his arm in sync with the rest of his body. If command does not improve, that, along with his size and delivery, could push him to a short relief bullpen role, but with his stuff he could thrive in such a role.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2019 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 0 3 3.30 14 14 0 46.1 34 22 17 3 3 24 44 1.25 8.50 4.66
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 18 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 19 4 2 3.60 8 7 0 35.0 29 16 14 1 3 8 46 1.06 11.80 2.10
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 19 0 0 1.53 4 4 0 17.2 13 5 3 1 1 8 20 1.19 10.20 4.10
2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 20 4 3 4.54 21 21 0 81.1 63 46 41 2 9 48 98 1.37 10.84 5.31
  2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 20 0 0 2.65 4 4 0 17.0 13 5 5 0 3 6 23 1.12 12.18 3.18
2023 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21     stats                            
2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 21     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (Aug. 8-14, 2022)
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (July 17-23, 2023)
2023 Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year 
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 12-18, 2021)
2021 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
2022 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (August 2022)
2023 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star 
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 28 - September 3, 2023)

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