Q&A Session on Humberto Gonzalez

Head Baseball Coach Jedd Soto of Feather River Community College, was kind enough to field some questions about shortstop - Humberto Gonzalez...the Mets' 32nd round draft pick in the 2003 draft. Gonzalez recently signed with the Mets. Learn some background and gain some insight on one of the newest Mets' prospects (free preview of NYMfansonly.com premium content).

1. While at Feather River Community College, I understand that Humberto Gonzalez improved his hitting from his freshman season. What was the cause of his improvement with the bat in what other areas did he improve?

Humberto made huge strides his sophomore season in hitting due to mechanical adjustments and pitch selection. He did a better job controlling his hips during his weight transfer and was much more selective in his approach.

2. In what areas does Humberto Gonzalez need to continue to improve if he is to succeed and become a MLB player?

Gonzalez needs to continue to work hard in the weight room, which should give him more pop at the plate. He needs to improve his body position at contact, and extension out front. He improved his 60 yard dash time from a 6.95 to a 6.8, and needs to shave another two-tenths off of that time. Gonzalez can play defense at any level and should really open some eyes this season.

3. Please describe Humberto Gonzalez's tools (power, speed, arm strength, hitting, defense, athleticism, etc). What is his best tool?

Humberto's best tool has to be his athleticism and hands. He has a strong arm and can throw from every angle on the run. He is quick (can steal bags) and does a good job of putting the ball in play.

4. Please describe Gonzalez's skills (bunting, base stealing, base running, hit and run, hitting behind runners, accuracy of throws, plate discipline, ability to make contact, drawing walks, etc.)

Humberto is a polished situational hitter and has led our team in sacrifice hits, and does a great job of controlling the bat through the hitting zone. A very smart baserunner, he stole 40 bags in two seasons. He struck out only 10 times in 209 plate appearances. He should hit plenty of doubles in the minor league's.

5. What was Gonzalez's most outstanding moment for the Golden Eagles?

Humberto was a human highlight reel at FRC. He made so many unbelievable plays that it is difficult to pick one. You will soon see how special he is.

5. Any other moments you'd care to share with the NYMfansonly.com?

Humberto has overcome many obstacles to get this opportunity. The epitome of the word "team player", Gonzalez was unsigned after a draft and follow season with the Phillies in 2002. He has proven he belongs at the next level, and is on a mission to play in the MLB.

6. Has Gonzalez played in a wooden bat league?

He has played over 100 games swinging a wood bat in two fall seasons with us.

Again, Mr. Jedd, I want to take this time to thank you and the Feather River CC athletic department so very much on the behalf of NYMfansonly.com for participating in this e-mail question and answer session.

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