Gonzalez’ Eighth-Round Pick ‘A Surreal Moment’
West Virginia University senior catcher/third baseman Ivan Gonzalez has been drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the eighth round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Gonzalez is the 92nd draft selection in Mountaineer history since the first draft was held in 1965, and the 22nd in coach Randy Mazey’s seven seasons. He is the 13th player picked in the top 10 rounds. The White Sox drafted Gonzalez with the 230th overall pick.
“It’s a true blessing, dreaming as a kid of getting that call and then having it actually happen,” Gonzalez said. “It hasn’t really set in yet; it’s a surreal moment after all the hard work. To see my name on that board is amazing. I am excited to go to join the White Sox organization and head to Arizona to see what they have planned for me and to begin my professional career.”
Gonzalez joins junior right-handed starter Alek Manoah as Mountaineers selected in this year’s draft. Manoah was the 11th overall pick by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
The Round Rock, Texas, native, is the fifth Mountaineer ever selected by the White Sox and the second in as many years after shortstop Jimmy Galusky (WVU 2015-18) was picked in 2018.
Gonzalez concludes his West Virginia career as one of the most consistent catchers in team history. He ranks No. 3 in career history in sacrifice flies (15), No. 4 in games played (211), fielding chances (1,498) and putouts (1,291), No. 5 in at-bats (753), No. 6 in starts (199) and tied for No. 8 in hits (230). He hit nine home runs and had 108 RBIs with a .410 slugging percentage and a .374 on-base percentage.