October baseball is now complete and the off-season has officially begun for all 30 MLB teams. Today, the Dodgers made their first official roster move of the off-season, by adding left-handed relief pitcher Victor Gonzalez to the 40-man roster.
The Dodgers today added LHP Victor González to the 40-man roster.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 31, 2019
Gonzalez is a 23-year-old pitcher who has found his rhythm in the Dodgers organization as of late. He was signed out of Mexico back in 2012 as part of the same trip that brought stud prospects Yasiel Puig and Julio Urías to the organization. The young lefty advanced from High-A Rancho Cucamonga all the way to Triple-A Oklahoma City over the course of the season.
Across 38 games pitched and 13 starts across the three levels, Gonzalez posted a 2.31 ERA and 93 strikeouts across 89 2/3 innings.
Here is a recent video of Gonzalez in his hottest stretch, courtesy of Dodgers Player Development:
Victor Gonzalez has been magnificent since the beginning of July, tallying 16.2 IP between @TulsaDrillers and @okc_dodgers while generating 18 K/4 BB….with a 0.54 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. His K's are a thing of beauty ?#Nasty #DodgersOnTheFarm pic.twitter.com/pUcMaSmoNn
— Dodgers Player Development (@DodgerPlayerDev) August 9, 2019
With the departure of Tony Cingrani at the 2019 trade deadline, Victor Gonzalez looks to assume some type of lefty specialist role for the Dodgers in the near future. With new rules in place to deemphasize specialists, Gonzalez should still be fine due to his past successes against right-handed batters as the video is evidence of.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today added Victor González to the 40-man roster.
Gonzalez, 23, appeared in 38 games (13 starts) across three different levels last season, posting a combined 5-2 record with a 2.31 ERA (23 ER/89.2 IP) with 93 strikeouts against 32 walks. He started the season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, going 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA (5 ER/27.1 IP) and 36 strikeouts before his promotion to Double-A Tulsa May 19. After 15 games (eight starts) and a 2.23 ERA (12 ER/48.1 IP) with the Drillers, Gonzalez was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 26. He finished the season with Oklahoma City, posting a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14.0 IP) and 13 strikeouts against four walks in 15 games.
Gonzalez has been with the Dodger organization since he signed as a minor league free agent on July 2, 2012 out of Veracruz, Mexico. In seven seasons with the Dodgers, he is a combined 17-27 record with a 4.34 ERA (182 ER/377.0 IP) with 364 strikeouts against 138 walks.