Luiz Henrique Gohara
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 265 lb.
Luiz Gohara made his pro debut in 2013.
Gohara was 1-0 with one unearned run, 3 hits and 2 walks in 7 1/3 innings in the 2011 World Youth Championship, striking out eight. He was named to the tournament All-Star team as the top left-hander. Timed at 96 mph, he signed with the Seattle Mariners in August 2012 for a $800,000 signing bonus, a record for a Brazilian player. The scouts were Emilio Carrasquel and Hide Sueyoshi. He was on the Brazilian roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic for a period but was replaced by fellow 16-year-old Daniel Missaki prior to the event.
He made his pro debut for the Pulaski Mariners on June 25th, 2013, giving up 1 earned run in 4 innings of work against the Burlington Royals and taking the loss. he went 1-2, 4.15 in 6 starts that first year, then split 2014 between the AZL Mariners and Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League. He was a solid 1-1, 2.19 in his two starts in the Arizona League but was hit hard in Everett, to the tune of a record of 0-6 and an ERA of 8.20 in 37 1/3 innings. He struggled again with the same team in 2015, going 3-7, 6.20 in 14 starts, but did better in 2 starts for the Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League, putting up an ERA of 1.86. He again split 2016 between Everett and Clinton, but with much better results: a combined record of 7-2 and 1.81 ERA in 13 starts. He also struck out 81 batters while walking only 23 in 69 2/3 innings, finally living up to the promise he had shown before his signing.
On January 11, 2017, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves along with fellow prospect Thomas Burrows in return for P Shae Simmons and OF Mallex Smith. He was slated to make his major league debut starting a game against the Texas Rangers on September 5th, but the contest was rained out. He then started the first game of a doubleheader the next day but was charged with a 12-8 loss after allowing 6 runs in 4 innings. He was a winner in his second start however, against the Washington Nationals on September 13th. He allowed 2 runs in 6 innings, needing just 71 pitches, to receive credit for the 8-2 win.
- 2013 Mariners Media Guide