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With the signing of Michael Saunders, Severino Gonzalez was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the Phillies 40-man roster.

The Phillies came into the offseason with a roster lopsided on pitching. Through some moves, they've evened things out a little, with Severino Gonzalez being the latest player to be taken off of the 40-man roster by the team.

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When Michael Saunders passed his physical and officially signed with the Phillies, pitcher Severino Gonzalez was removed from the 40-man roster as the Phillies designated him for assignment to clear room for Saunders. The Phillies now have 10 days to either get Gonzalez through waivers, trade him or release him. If he clears waivers, the Phillies could assign the right-hander to Lehigh Valley.

http://www.scout.com/mlb/phillies/story/1729482-pbi-annual-members-get-s...Gonzalez, 24, pitched in 27 games with the Phillies last season, all of them in relief, posting a 5.60 ERA. In 2015, Gonzalez started seven games for the Phillies and struggled horribly, finishing at 3-3, but with a 7.92 ERA. Overall, he has pitched in 34 major league games, has a record of 4-5 and an ERA of 6.68 for Philadelphia. Even with the struggles, Gonzalez has been able to post a strong 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings and has walked just 1.9 batters per nine innings.

Control has been a hallmark of Gonzalez since signing with the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2011. Coming up through the Phillies organization, Gonzalez has posted a combined 1.5 walks per nine, while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings over six minor league seasons.

The fact that Gonzalez has struggled in the majors is a little surprising, given his success in the minors. In 2013, Gonzalez was named the organization's Paul Owens Award recipient as the best minor league pitcher in the organization. His 3.32 ERA in the minors comes as both a starter and reliever. He's also posted a 1.11 WHIP in the Phillies minor league organization.

Severino Gonzalez career stats

YearTmWLERAGGSIPWHIPH9HR9BB9SO9SO/W
2011 VSL Phillies 1 1 2.11 17 0 42.2 0.914 7.6 0.0 0.6 6.1 9.67
2012 VSL Phillies 7 3 1.65 14 14 92.2 0.701 5.7 0.4 0.6 8.4 14.33
2013 3 Teams 7 5 2.00 25 14 103.2 1.023 7.3 0.4 1.9 10.3 5.41
2013 Lakewood 3 0 1.69 4 4 21.1 0.609 4.2 0.4 1.3 13.1 10.33
2013 Clearwater 3 5 2.02 20 9 75.2 1.123 7.9 0.5 2.3 9.8 4.32
2013 Reading 1 0 2.70 1 1 6.2 1.200 10.8 0.0 0.0 8.1
2014 Reading 9 13 4.60 27 27 158.1 1.282 9.6 1.3 1.9 6.5 3.38
2015 Lehigh Valley 2 7 5.11 16 16 88.0 1.409 10.8 0.8 1.8 4.6 2.50
2015 Philadelphia 3 3 7.92 7 7 30.2 1.663 12.9 1.5 2.1 8.2 4.00
2016 2 Teams 2 1 2.93 21 1 46.0 1.174 9.0 0.6 1.6 6.8 4.38
2016 Reading 2 0 1.69 6 0 10.2 1.031 7.6 0.0 1.7 7.6 4.50
2016 Lehigh Valley 0 1 3.31 15 1 35.1 1.217 9.4 0.8 1.5 6.6 4.33
2016 Philadelphia 1 2 5.60 27 0 35.1 1.330 10.2 1.0 1.8 8.7 4.86
MLB (2 seasons) 4 5 6.68 34 7 66.0 1.485 11.5 1.2 1.9 8.5 4.43
Minors (6 seasons) 28 30 3.32 120 72 531.1 1.112 8.5 0.7 1.5 7.3 4.71
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/21/2017.

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