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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 100: Daniel González

In a very small sample size, a huge leap forward

It’s pretty hard to grab DSL and ACL photos, so let’s just pretend that one of the pairs of batting practice legs at Camelback Ranch belongs to White Sox reliever Daniel González.
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Daniel González

Left-Handed Relief Pitcher
Age: 22
2023 High Level Arizona Complex League (Rookie)
Age relative to high level -0.3 years
SSS rank among all left-handed relievers in the system 5
Overall 2023 season stats 16 games (10 finishes) ⚾️ 0-3 ⚾️ 1 SV ⚾️ 1.83 ERA ⚾️ 1.220 WHIP ⚾️ 31 K ⚾️ 16 BB

Daniel González might not have enjoyed too much more patience from the White Sox had his 2023 not turned out so well. As a reliever over two seasons in the DSL (2021-22), he was entrusted to finish games, but that trust was not rewarded (5.00 career DSL ERA, despite being slightly old for the level).

However, González was superb for the short-season Complex Sox, getting into 16 games and serving as a key closer for the team. (His one save is primarily a product of the ACL club being, uh, godawful.) Arizona hitters clearly weren’t picking González up well at all, as his hit rate fell by more than half, to 3.7 per 9; the lefty’s Ks also shot up ... along with walks.

Still, there is a lot to hang hopes on when a pitcher’s worst enemy isn’t crushing contact from hitters, but himself. A 14.2 K-rate will play.

González’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Durability 91
Strikeouts 77
Hittable 67
vsPower 67
K/BB 42
Walks 25

Three years after signing, González should find himself finally getting his feet wet in full-season ball, earning a shot in Kannapolis in 2024.

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