Saúl González (minors02)
Saúl Gabriel González
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
Saúl González has pitched in the minors and for the Panamanian national team.
He signed with the Florida Marlins in 2006; the scout was Luis Cordoba. He debuted as a pro with the 2007 DSL Marlins, going 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA but a 1.99 WHIP. With the same team in 2008, he was much better: 4-1, 1.76, 1.01 WHIP. He also went 2 for 3 at the plate. Coming to the US in 2009, he went 7-0 with a 3.67 ERA for the GCL Marlins. He tied Jared Eskew for the Gulf Coast League win lead. The Chitre native went 3-1 with a save and a 3.14 ERA for the 2010 Jamestown Jammers to finish his minor league career with a stellar 15-3 record and a 2.98 WHIP.
González was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA for the host nation in the 2011 Baseball World Cup; he took the loss to Team USA (4 H, 2 BB, 2 R, HB in 2 2/3 IP, relieved by Abraham Atencio) in his only start. In his two relief appearances, he tossed two shutout innings apiece in losses to Cuba and Venezuela (3 K, 0 H, 0 BB in his team's 8-3 loss in the 7th/8th place game). In the 2011 Pan American Games, he was roughed up in his lone outing, giving up five hits (a homer), two walks and three runs in two innings.
Saúl helped Panama take Silver at the 2013 Central American Games and tossed three innings (1 H, 0 BB, 0 HB) for Panama when they won Gold in the 2013 Bolivarian Games. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in 1 2/3 IP for the highest Panamanian ERA in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games. He pitched twice in the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, with a 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. In the 2017 Bolivarian Games, he pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings. In the Gold Medal game, he took over for Jean Corpas in the 8th against host Colombia and allowed one hit and two walks in 2/3 IP; he was not charged with a run in the 6-4 defeat. He also appeared in two games for the 2017 Central American Games, when Panama won another Silver Medal. He relieved Corpas in the 8th with a 5-2 deficit against El Salvador but walked both batters he faced and Omar Guzmán relieved. Panama would rally for a 7-5 win. In his other outing, he relieved Guzmán in the 7th with a 10-2 lead against Guatemala and pitched two shutout innings to close out a mercy rule win; he had two walks and two whiffs.
- 2011 Marlins Media Guide
- 2011 Baseball World Cup Final Report
- 2011 Pan American Games official site
- 2013 Bolivarian Games site
- 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games official site
- World Baseball Classic site
- Colombian Baseball Federation site
- Nicaraguan Baseball Federation site