Life’s the Pitts for Nick Gonzales…
The 21-year-old Latino baseball shortstop and second baseman for the New Mexico State Aggies was the No. 7 pick during the 2020 MLB draft.
Gonzalez, the first Latino pick in this year’s draft, was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“It’s just awesome,” Gonzales said. “I can’t explain it. This is something that I’ve put a lot of work into and I’m super fortunate it came.”
As a freshman at New Mexico State in 2018, Gonzales hit .347/.425/.596 with nine home runs and 36 RBI over 57 games. As a sophomore in 2019, he led the nation with a .432 batting average.He finished the season hitting .432/.532/.773 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI.
After the season, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League, where was named the MVP of the league.
Gonzales entered his junior year in 2020 as a top prospect for the 2020 Major League Baseball draft.
The 5-foot-11-inch Gonzales, an NCAA batting champion and unanimous All-American, will reportedly earn $5,432,400.