Wikelman Gonzalez Greenville Drive Pitcher

Age: 20 
Born: March 25, 2002
Birthplace: Maracay, VZ
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (July 2018)
ETA: Mid 2025

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Wikelman Gonzalez Photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Wilder Lobo & Rolando Pino
Signing Bonus: $250,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
Pro Debut: June 1, 2019 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract

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  Physical Description: Slightly undersized frame. Sturdy lower half with remaining projection in his upper body. Not that tall, looks heavier than his listed weight of 167 pounds. Athleticism has slightly decreased as he has physically matured.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Has streamlined delivery over the course of the 2022 season. Does not use a wind-up. Loose, quick arm. Rotational delivery. Medium leg kick. Stiff arm action with a stab behind. Inconsistent release point. Does not stay closed consistently and falls off hard to the first base side.

Fastball: 93-96 mph. Tops out at 97 mph. Live arm. Will come out 95-96 mph, then settle in at 93-94 mph, topping out at 95 mph. Fastball has shown bat-missing ability even in the zone. Good carry. Will also throw a two-seam fastball in the lower end of that velocity band. Has done a better job holding his velocity deeper into starts in the second half of 2022–used to start tailing off in the third or fourth inning. Command and control are works in progress. Has flashed the ability to locate on occasion. Really struggles to command to his arm side and will yank the pitch to the glove side when his arm gets out ahead of the rest of his delivery. Potential plus offering with refined command

Changeup: 86-89 mph. Deceptive arm speed. Flashes late, splitter-like drop where it falls off the table. Has feel and confidence in the pitch. Will throw in any count to hitters from both sides and will use it often as a put-away pitch. Will telegraph on occasion by slowing delivery. Pitch is somewhat inconsistent and at times will be on the firm side. Potential above-average offering.

Curveball: 77-80 mph. Long, 11-to-5 break. On some occasions, pitch will flash tight break and has an above-average spin rate. A bit inconsistent at present, will not always get over the pitch and finish it. Potential above-average offering.
  Slider: Appears to have scrapped the pitch in favor of the curveball. Was 84-88 mph. 10-to-4 shape with varying length. Had shown some ability to spin, but was inconsistent. Needed a lot of refinement, but would show flashes. Potential average offering.

Career Notes: Opening Day starter in the DSL in 2019. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020. Had a breakout 2021 season with a strong showing in the FCL and in Low-A, jumping from the back end of the SoxProspects rankings into the top 15 by season's end. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021. Name was misspelled "Wilkelman" from his signing until April 2022 due to its pronunciation.

Summation: Potential swingman capable of starting or providing length out of the bullpen. Ceiling of a mid-rotation starter. Wide-range of outcomes due to lack of consistency and where he is in the development process. Potential for three above-average-to-better pitches, but a long way to go to get there and must significantly improve command and control to reach his ceiling. Still learning how to pitch, but is not as raw as some comparable arms age-wise in the system. Has simplified his delivery, which had a lot of moving parts, which should make it easier for him to keep his arm in sync with the rest of his body. If command does not improve, that, along with his size and delivery, could push him to a short relief bullpen role.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2019 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 0 3 3.30 14 14 0 46.1 34 22 17 3 3 24 44 1.25 8.50 4.66
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 18 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 19 4 2 3.60 8 7 0 35.0 29 16 14 1 3 8 46 1.06 11.80 2.10
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 19 0 0 1.53 4 4 0 17.2 13 5 3 1 1 8 20 1.19 10.20 4.10
2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 20 4 3 4.54 21 21 0 81.1 63 46 41 2 9 48 98 1.37 10.84 5.31
  2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 20 0 0 2.65 4 4 0 17.0 13 5 5 0 3 6 23 1.12 12.18 3.18
2023 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (Aug. 8-14, 2022)   SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 12-18, 2021)
2021 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
2022 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (August 2022)

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