Left-handed reliever Michael Gonzalez, who the Milwaukee Brewers acquired in free agency this past off-season, recently put together his best outing of Spring Training.
Gonzalez has struggled in two games this spring, but has been as good as advertised in his other five appearances. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was glad to see Gonzalez put together a complete outing in which the 10-year veteran mixed his pitches together well with good velocity.
“Better,” Roenicke told Brewers.com. “I thought the ball came out a lot better. He threw some good sliders, threw some nice changeups. So, I was encouraged by his outing.”
The 34-year old, who is playing for his sixth team, has surrendered four earned runs on eight hits in seven appearances this spring. He has only struck out four batters and his opponent batting average is .320, but Milwaukee is confident he will be able to continue pitching at a high level once the regular season begins.
Considering the Brewers had a Major League-worst 4.66 bullpen earned run average in 2012, it is good to see Gonzalez pitch three consecutive outings without giving up a run. It is important that the veterans in the bullpen are able to pitch consistently during the regular season to set a good example for the rest of the relievers.
Gonzalez posted a 3.03 ERA with 39 strikeouts and seven holds in 47 appearances for the Washington Nationals last year. The Brewers were lucky enough to sign him to a one-year, $2.2 million contract to bolster their bullpen.