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Mets minor leaguer Harol Gonzalez had a much better year in 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: A general view of Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitching against Wilmer Difo #1 of the Washington Nationals during the Mets Home Opening game at Citi Field on April 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: A general view of Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitching against Wilmer Difo #1 of the Washington Nationals during the Mets Home Opening game at Citi Field on April 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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New York Mets minor league pitcher Harol Gonzalez got roughed up at multiple levels in 2018. This past season, he had a much better campaign.

Harol Gonzalez isn’t a name many expected to see when mentioning notable New York Mets minor leaguers from the 2019 season. After all, in 2018, he combined to go 1-16 with a 4.80 ERA between Single-A and Triple-A. Gonzalez primarily spent the season in Double-A last year where he went 0-9 with a 7.79 ERA.

Not ready to give up just yet, Gonzalez rebounded big in 2019. Once again with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, he had a much different season.

Gonzalez went 6-4 with Binghamton and gave them a 3.14 ERA. He even managed to join the Syracuse Mets this season where he looked even better. In those opportunities, the 24-year-old righty went 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA. Combine all of the numbers and Gonzalez finished the year 12-4 with a 3.01 ERA.

While hardly a top prospect in the system, Gonzalez is young enough to have a future with the big league Mets. We saw plenty just how desperate this team is for pitching help. Still unproven, Gonzalez’s name is one we could see next season as a possibility.

At 6’0 and only 160 pounds, Gonzalez is a slimly built starting pitcher. His successful season is a result of favorable strikeout numbers and a low walk total. By mastering his command, he was able to pick up more wins and keep runners from scoring a whole lot more in 2019 than he did in 2018.

Gonzalez has been a part of the Mets organization since 2014. During this time, he has worked almost exclusively as a starter. This isn’t uncommon to see in the minor leagues. Typically, you want your best pitchers—whether destined for relief or the rotation—getting as many innings as possible.

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Whatever it is Gonzalez has in store for him at the end of his baseball journey, his climb into relevancy in 2019 is something to note.

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