12/08/2005 12:08 PM ET
Phillies acquire young lefty to complete Thome deal
Gio Gonzalez, a 20-year-old left-handed pitcher, was acquired by the Phillies today from the Chicago White Sox as the player to be named later in the November 25 trade, Vice President & General Manager Pat Gillick announced today.
The Phillies sent first baseman Jim Thome and cash to the White Sox for center fielder Aaron Rowand, left-handed pitcher Dan Haigwood and a minor league player to be named later.
Gonzalez has been assigned to the Clearwater roster in the single-A Florida State League. Where he will pitch next season will be determined during the minor league training camp in 2006.
Gio Gonzalez, LHP
Born: 9/19/85, Hialeah, FL . . . Resides: Hialeah . . . 5-11, 185 . . . B-R: T-L.
2005: Split season between Kannapolis (5-3, 1.87 ERA, 11 G) and Winston-Salem (High-A) - 8-3, 3.56 ERA, 13 G . . . Combined stats: 24 G, 13-6, 2.82 ERA, 131.0 IP, 97 H, 41 ER, 47 BB, 163 SO, .205 average against . . . Member of Kannapolis pitching staff that led the South Atlantic League in fewest earned runs (456) and 2nd with a 3.57 ERA . . . SAL Midseason All-Star . . . Twice named SAL pitcher of the week - 4/7-17 (2-0, 11.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 18 SO) and 5/30-6/5 (2-0, 15.0 IP, 0 R, 16 SO) . . . Promoted to Winston-Salem on 6/17. . . Baseball America rated him as the No. 12 prospect in the South Atlantic League and the No. 5 prospect in the Carolina League . . . The publication also stated that Gonzalez, upon completion of the deal, would become the second-best prospect in the Phillies system ranking behind only Cole Hamels.
2004: Selected as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds (38th overall) in the June First-Year Player Draft . . . Ranked by Baseball America as the 28th-best prospect in the draft . . . Baseball America, in their 2004 White Sox Draft Report Card, cited Gonzalez as having the best fast-ball and curve and the closest to the majors (tied with 3B Josh Fields) . . . Pitched for Bristol (Rookie) and Kannapolis (Low-A) in first year . . . Combined record: 2-4, 3.20 ERA, 15 G, 64.2 IP, 56 H, 28 BB, 70 SO . . . Struck out a season-high 11 batters over 5.1 IP on 8/21 at Lakewood . . . Baseball America rated him as the 7th-best prospect in the White Sox system and the 5th-best prospect in the Appalachian Rookie League.
High School: Pitched in back-to-back state championship games as a freshman and sophomore at Monsignor Pace High School, Hialeah . . . Was 5-2, 0.99 ERA, 199 SO as a junior; 6-0, 1.37 ERA, 87 SO as a senior.