Former Phillies Prospect Killed in Car Accident

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who the Phillies had high hopes for after he defected from Cuba in 2013, was killed in a car accident in Havana, Cuba last Friday.

The 34-year old Gonzalez had signed a three-year, $12-million deal with the Phillies in August of 2013. Initially, the deal was to be for much more, but a physical prior to the signing showed concerns over Gonzalez’ right elbow and the deal was cut down to three years and $12-million.

Gonzalez started his Phillies career on the DL in 2014 with a sore right shoulder and was assigned to Clearwater to rehab. In July, he was promoted to Reading and went to Lehigh Valley just a week later. In 31 minor league appearances, including three starts, Gonzalez went 0-4 with a 3.13 ERA that summer and saved seven games. The Phillies recalled him when rosters expanded in September and he made six relief appearances with them and had a 6.75 ERA.

In 2015, the Phillies removed Gonzalez from the 40-man roster when they outrighted him to Lehigh Valley and by mid-April, he was back on the DL for four months. He finished 2015 with a 4.86 ERA in six starts throughout the minors and was released by the Phillies following spring training in 2016. The right-hander didn’t pitch after being released by the Phillies and returned to Cuba.

Gonzalez pitched for Vaqueros de La Habana in Cuba from 2004-2012 and had a career ERA of 3.78 over 596 innings. When he defected and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, he was a highly regarded prospect, although there were concerns that his age was actually higher than what was officially given.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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