Mets pitching prospect Merandy Gonzalez has been named the Class-A South Atlantic League Player of the Month for April, according to Anthony DiComo.
Gonzalez won all four of his starts in April, striking out 23 while walking only three batters over 28.1 innings. Most impressively, the right-hander did not allow a single run.
Gonzalez recently made an appearance on our Mets Minor League Report Card, in which Steve Sypa deemed Gonzalez’s stock to be up—an honor that some would say beats being named South Atlantic League Player of the Month.
Unfortunately, Gonzalez did not go on to break the South Atlantic League’s scoreless innings record; the 21-year-old has allowed seven runs over five innings in his lone May start.
Over the offseason, we ranked Gonzalez as the Mets’ 19th best prospect. Sypa praised Gonzalez’s fastball, while pointing out issues with control and command:
John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked Gonzalez as the Mets’ 12th best prospect, suggesting that his “fickle” curveball could eventually develop into a plus pitch. MLB Pipeline ranked Gonzalez as the Mets’ 14th best pitcher, also praising his “very good” curveball.
On the season, Gonzalez holds a 1.89 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP, 28 strikeouts, and five walks over 33.1 innings pitched.