Round Four, Pick 115 Selection: Jacob Gonzalez
Age: 18 years and 11 months
Position: Third base
School: Chaparral High School
Height/Weight: 6″4’/205 lbs.
The LA Angels take their first position player of the draft by selecting high schooler Jacob Gonzalez. His father was a big leaguer, and the younger Gonzalez has every chance to keep the family business in tact. He is already an amazing athlete, and still has a lot of room to grow and get even stronger.
Gonzalez shows quick feet and good range at third base. He has a good glove to pair with that. While his arm is solid, he has trouble making the tougher throws and will need to improve his arm strength to counter that. However, he has also played first base in his career so that could be an option if his development falters.
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At the plate, Gonzalez is a right-handed hitter with an open stance and big leg kick. He makes solid contact consistently, and has exceptional power potential. He won’t burn you on the basepaths, but Gonzalez is a smart student of the game and in the classroom, where he earned a 3.9 GPA.
Gonzalez slashed a .489 average in his final high school season. He drove in 48 runs while scoring himself 38 times. He also sent the ball out of the park seven times. His plate discipline was exceptional as well, walking 25 times to just 7 strikeouts.
Gonzalez is currently committed to play college baseball at Texas Christian University, but a high enough selection and a bonus above pick value could warrant him to go straight to the minors.