- A Conservative Approach: The White Sox were taking a conservative, Phillies sort of approach to developing Giovany Gonzalez. After he pitched in Rookie ball in 2004 and advanced to Low-A Kannapolis, the White Sox started him back at Kannapolis to start the 2005 season. It's certainly not that Gonzalez struggled when he was there the first time, since he posted a 3.03 ERA in six starts. His walk/strikeout ratio was good and he seemed ready for another step to High-A Winston-Salem. Instead, Gonzalez made another ten starts at Kannapolis to start 2005 before he got his promotion. So, will the Phillies decide that he showed enough with Winston-Salem (8-3, 3.56 in 13 starts) and send him to AA Reading or will they again have him at High-A only this time stationed in Clearwater?
- Consistency Is The Key: Gonzalez showed consistent stats throughout the 2005 season, except for an adjustment period when he was promoted to Winston-Salem. After one weak start at Winston-Salem, Gonzalez slowly started to put things together, although his July numbers (4-1, 4.64) weren't as good as he would achieve. In August, Gonzalez showed that he was truly comfortable back at Winston-Salem and posted a 3-2, 2.73 mark. By the end of the season, his numbers all looked good and he was a combined 13-6, 2.82 at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem.
- Bring On The Righties: One of the adjustments that Gonzalez had to make when he was promoted was getting left-handed hitters out. While at Kannapolis, the lefty Gonzalez was lights out against left-handed hitters, posting a 0.87 ERA against lefties and allowing them to hit just .147 against him. At Winston-Salem, lefties hit .298 and Gonzalez' ERA went to 3.86 against left-handed hitters. The good news is that right-handed hitters never did stand much of a chance against him, hitting just .180 against him at Kannapolis and .190 at Winston-Salem. Overall, Gonzalez posted a better walk/strikeout ratio against right-handed hitters. Against righties, he struck out 5.1 hitters for every walk and against lefties, he struck out 1.7 hitters for every walk. Right-handers did post more homeruns, hitting six of the eight homeruns that Gonzalez allowed.
- Home Sweet Home: Gonzalez really liked pitching at Kannapolis. At home, he posted a 4-1, 1.51 mark with opponents hitting just .154 against him. On the road, he was 1-1, 2.81 and opponents hit .218 against him. When he moved on to Winston-Salem, there was a drastic change in the numbers. At home, Gonzalez was an unimpressive 4-2 with a 5.03 ERA, although he still held opposing hitters to a .250 average. On the road though, he seemed to relax and went 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA and held opponents to a .207 average. Five of the eight homeruns that he gave up came at Winston-Salem. That trend though was team-wide. As a team, Winston-Salem posted a 3.93 ERA on the road, but a 5.11 ERA at home.
- More Disparities: The disparity in stats continues when you look at Gonzalez' situational stats at Kannapolis and Winston-Salem. At Kannapolis, Gonzalez proved to be much more dominating. Leadoff hitters hit just .226 against him, with runners on base opponents hit .146 and with runners in scoring position, Gonzalez gave up just a .087 average. At Winston-Salem, leadoff hitters hit .274, with runners on, opponents hit .248 and with runners in scoring position, they hit .306 against him. Again, a lot of that damage was done in Gonzalez first few starts back at Winston-Salem. After he adjusted, his numbers took on a much more dominating appearance. The good news is that Gonzalez only worked himself into bases loaded situations twice all season and he worked out of both of them.
- Solid Career Numbers: Granted, Gonzalez has pitched just two minor league innings, but his overall numbers have been very impressive. Gonzalez has a career mark of 15-9, 2.78 in his tenure with the White Sox. He has struck out 226 hitters in 187 2/3 innings and has walked just 68 giving him a ratio of one walk for every 3.3 strikeouts.
Giovany Gonzalez' career stats