Wilkelman Gonzalez Salem Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 19
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: 2025

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Wilder Lobo & Rolando Pino
Signing Bonus: $250,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
   
Pro Debut: June 1, 2019 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Slightly undersized frame. Sturdy lower half with remaining projection in his upper body. Not that tall, looks heavier than listed weight of 167 pounds. Solid athlete.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Some effort in delivery. Does not use a wind-up. Loose, quick arm. Rotational delivery. High leg kick. Stiff arm action with a slight stab behind. Front side deception. Arm action is a little violent and can get out of sync from the rest of his delivery at times.

Fastball: 92-95 mph. Tops out at 97 mph. Live arm. Velocity drops considerably the deeper he works into games. Will come out 95-97 mph and eventually settle in at 92-94 mph, topping out at 95 mph, by the third inning. Fastball has shown bat-missing ability even in the zone. Pitch shows all types of movement: life, tail, cut, and sink. Variety of movement is a result of him being very raw and still learning how to pitch. Command and control are works in progress. Has flashed the ability to locate on occasions, but is wild at present. Will often yank the pitch to the glove side when his arm gets out ahead of the rest of his delivery. Potential plus offering with refinement.

Changeup: 84-87 mph. Deceptive arm speed. Flashes late, splitter-like drop where it falls off the table. Has feel and confidence in the pitch. Will throw in any count to hitters from both sides. Will telegraph on occasion by slowing delivery. Pitch is somewhat inconsistent and at times will be on the firm side. Potential plus offering.
  Slider: 84-88 mph. 10-to-4 shape. Length varies. Has shown some ability to spin, but is inconsistent. Needs a lot of refinement, but it is encouraging that the pitch already will show flashes. Potential average offering.

Curveball:
75-78 mph. Long, 11-to-5 break. Work-in-progress pitch that is inconsistent at present. Does not always get over the pitch and too often gets on the side, pulling it to the glove side. On some occasions, pitch will flash tight break and has an above-average spin rate. Did not show the pitch at instructs in 2020; is in the early stages of developing it. Potential fringe-average pitch, but with a wide range of potential outcomes.

Career Notes: Opening Day starter for the DSL Red Sox 1 in 2019. Participated in Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020. Had a breakout 2021 season with a strong showing in the FCL and Low-A, jumping from the back-end of the SoxProspects rankings into the top 15 by season's end.

Summation: Great arm with a wide range of potential outcomes. Ceiling of a solid mid-rotation starter, but size and delivery could push him to the bullpen potentially. Great arm strength with a lot of development remaining. Fastball and changeup show the most potential right now. Breaking balls and command and control need work. Still learning how to pitch, but is not as raw as some comparable arms age-wise in the system.


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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
   
     
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