Wednesday, June 8, 2011

With their 36th Round pick...

...The Astros select 5'10" 190lb Kevin Gonzalez, a senior catcher out of Texas A&M.

Gonzalez graduated from Mayde Creek HS, and in 2010 was a 2nd-Team All-Big 12 selection as a catcher, throwing out 16 of 45 basestealers.

In 2011, he hit .250/.303/.385, with 5HR (2nd on the team), 33K:13BB, and a .993 Fld%. .

Last week, Gonzalez said:
"The one thing I take pride in myself and I always tell everybody is, I wish I took as much pride in hitting as I do catching because I know that what I do behind the plate is special and not everybody can do it. Not saying I'm the best but I know that's what I take pride in."

Coach Rob Childress:
"He catches the ball and the ability [for us] to be able to throw a breaking ball in the dirt with two strikes and runners on is something we all take for granted, I'm talking the pitching coach and the pitchers. Our guys love throwing to him."

There's a good chance he'll sign, with this quote:
"If they give me the bus ticket I'll be there."

Here you can read both of Gonzalez' entries on his blog for