There are several area players who could be drafted in this year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, which began on Thursday night with Rounds 1 and 2 and continued on Friday with Round 3-10. So far, none of them have been selected.
One player who wasn’t up for selection was former Argyle standout Jay Gonzales. You remember Gonzales as one of the area’s most feared hitters who graduated in 2012 along with current Yankees prospect Austin Aune. Gonzales has spent the year battling a shoulder injury as a DH for Midland College, which has had a great season in the Junior College ranks.
But for a second on Friday afternoon, Gonzales thought he might be joining Aune in the pro baseball ranks when it appeared the Baltimore Orioles had selected him.
Turns out, the Orioles selected Jay Gonzalez, with a “z”, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Mount Olive. Gonzales, with an “s”, is an infielder and bats right-handed, but yet, the good folks at the MLB At-Bat cell phone app had the former Argyle standout fooled for a brief time. That’s because they used his mugshot in their profile of the Mount Olive Gonzalez, hence the “MC” logo on the hat.
“Yeah it did, actually,” Gonzales said when asked if it had him going for even a brief moment. “My brother showed me the picture and my name gets misspelled all the time so I took a big double take.”
Cruel twist of fate for an area kid, but nothing too surprising given this is the league that has famously drafted a dead man and an owner’s niece as a birthday present. Hopefully Gonzales will be drafted at some point, because after Friday’s mishap, he deserves it.