PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pirates have locked up their crown jewel from the 2020 MLB Draft.
On Wednesday, the team announced the signing of No. 7 pick Nick Gonzales.
— Pirates (@Pirates) June 24, 2020
The infielder was selected out of New Mexico State, where he hit .399 in his three seasons.
As a sophomore, Gonzales led Division I with a .432 batting average while earning numerous accolades.
Gonzales also had a Division I-best on-base streak of 82 games at the time the 2020 season was suspended.
Gonzales began his career at New Mexico State as a walk-on and later became the highest drafted player in New Mexico State history.
“We are thrilled to add Nick Gonzales to the Pirates family,” said Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington in a statement. “Nick has been an elite performer at every level of his baseball career. Nick has a broad skill set which allows him to impact multiple areas of the game. Just as importantly, Nick has demonstrated a deep passion for the game and for learning and improvement. We believe those qualities will allow him to continue finding new levels of performance and, one day, to become a valuable member of our Major League team. We welcome Nick and his family to the Pirates.”