Adrian Gonzalez was the first overall pick of the 2000 draft; he was selected by the Marlins and was the first infielder chosen No. 1 since Alex Rodriguez in 1993. He suffered a wrist injury that Florida felt would hinder his swing, and thus was included in a trade with Texas, along with Will Smith and Ryan Snare, for ex-Red Sox reliever Ugueth Urbina on July 11, 2003.
Gonzalez broke into the major leagues with the Rangers in 2004 at the age of 22. Heading into the '04 season, he was ranked as the 52nd-best prospect in the minors by Baseball America. He hit his first major-league home run on April 25 against future Red Sox pitcher Kevin Jarvis, then of the Seattle Mariners, in Arlington.
2004 MAJOR-LEAGUE STATISTICS
HOME RUNS: 1
BATTING AVERAGE: .238
ON-BASE PERCENTAGE: .273
SLUGGING PERCENTAGE: .381
OPS : 63
Stats courtesy baseball-reference.com. Photos courtesy of AP Images.
ADRIAN GONZALEZ, YEAR-BY-YEAR
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.
The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.
Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.
The full list of finalists is here. The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN
The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.
Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.
CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.
The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.
The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.
The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.
The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.