Springfield Cardinals Infielder Gonzalez Named Texas League Player of the Week

by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations

The Texas League has announced Springfield Cardinals INF Yariel Gonzalez as Player of the Week for July 8-14.

Gonzalez, 25, hit .448 (13-for-29) with one double, two home runs, eight RBIs and five runs last week, finishing with at least one hit in every game.

Gonzalez finished the week with a 3-for-4 effort in a 3-2 win over the Arkansas Travelers on Sunday. He posted four additional multi-hit games on July 8, 9, 12 and 13. Gonzalez’s week was highlighted by a dramatic three-run walk-off home run in the 11th inning of a 9-7 win over the Travelers on July 12 after the Cardinals trailed 7-3 entering the inning.

Gonzalez’s hot streak extends earlier than this week, with the Mayaguez, Puerto Rico native currently riding a nine-game hitting streak, batting 17-for-38 over that stretch (.447) with three home runs and 13 RBIs.

Over 22 games with Springfield this season, Gonzalez is batting .303/.351/.472 with four home runs, three doubles, 18 RBIs and 11 runs. Gonzalez has also played seven games with Triple-A Memphis and 57 games with High-A Palm Beach this season. Across all three levels, he is batting .264/.317/.377 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs.

A non-drafted free agent, Gonzalez was signed by St. Louis to a Minor League contract on June 16, 2016 after attending the University of Science & Arts in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He was previously named Midwest League Player of the Week for the Low-A Peoria Chiefs on July 29, 2018.