Does Strong Start to Season Bolster Harol Gonzalez’s Prospect Stock?

By Jerry Del Priore

Harol Gonzalez
Harol Gonzalez with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Going into the season, pitcher Harol Gonzalez wasn’t on the New York Mets’ top 30 prospect watch list.

Perhaps it had something to do with his 1-16 record with a 4.80 ERA across three levels in 2018? Gonzalez especially struggled at Double-A Binghamton, going 0-9 with 7.79 ERA that same year.  

But on Wednesday night, the right-handed Mets prospect struck out six batters across 6.2 hitless innings and Ryder Ryan secured the no-hitter, as the Rumble Ponies blanked the Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals), 7-0, at FNB Field. Gonzalez walked two and threw 57 of 91 pitches for strikes to help Binghamton to first no-hitter since July 23, 2006.

The 24-year-old Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native improved his record to 3-0 with 2.88 ERA in five games, four of which have been starts, in 25 innings of work this season.  

The question is: does Gonzalez’s strong start to the year place him back onto the Mets’ prospect radar? 

After all, considering his poor ’18 campaign, his eight-year minor league career numbers to date stand at a respectable 24-35 with a 3.73 ERA in 93 contests in 494.1 innings pitched. 

Therefore, if Gonzalez continues to pitch well, he could be a viable future arm for New York. And you can never have too much pitching in baseball at any level. 

A sports nugget: Gonzalez pitched for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2016, going 7-3 with a 2.01 ERA over 85 innings in 14 tilts, making the New York-Penn League All-Star team that year. 




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