Gio Gonzalez, Starting Pitcher, Washington Nationals, #47
Date of Birth: 9/19/1985
Birthplace: Hialeah, Florida
Current Salary: $12,000,000
Gio Gonzalez, starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals, was first drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2004. After a year in their minor league system, the White Sox traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies in December, 2005. He spent a year in the Phillies' minor league system before being traded back to the White Sox in December, 2006. He then returned to the minor leagues for the 2007 season.
Gonzalez was traded again in January, 2008, this time to the Oakland Athletics. He joined the Athletics for 10 games in 2008. The following season, he pitched in 20 games with Oakland, finishing the 2009 season with a 6-7 record and a 5.75 ERA.
Gonzalez had his breakout year in 2010 when he pitched 200.2 innings in 33 games. He finished the season with a 15-9 record and a 3.23 ERA. The next season was just as good. In 2011, he pitched a career high 202.0 innings in 32 games and he finished with a 16-12 record and a 3.12 ERA.
Even though Gonzalez had two strong seasons with the Athletics, they traded him to the Nationals in December, 2011. A month later, he signed a five-year, $42 million contract extension with the Nationals.
Gonzalez had a strong first season with the Nationals in 2012. He led the National League in wins with 21 (to 8 losses) and he won the Warren Spahn award. He had career highs in strikeouts (207 to 76 walks) and a career low ERA of 2.89. In 2013, he had another strong season, finishing with an 11-8 record and a 3.36 ERA. He finished the 2014 season with a 10-10 record, 162 strikeouts to 56 walks, and a 3.57 ERA in 158.2 innings in 27 games.
Gonzalez finished the 2015 season with an 11-8 record, 169 strikeouts to 69 walks, and a 3.79 ERA in 175.2 innings in 31 games.
Gonzalez pitched in 32 games with the Nationals in 2016. He finished the season with a 4.57 ERA, 11 wins to 11 losses, and 171 strikeouts to 59 walks in 177.1 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 4.1 innings in 1 game and he gave up 4 hits and 3 runs.
The Nationals exercised Gonzalez's option for 2017 on November 3, 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Gonzalez through 2016 include:
- 249 games played
- 1,442.0 innings pitched
- 1,412 strikeouts to 600 walks
- 102-77 win-loss record
- 3.73 ERA
Gonzalez established the GIO (Giving Individuals Opportunities) foundation in 2012. The organization aids medical patients in need of financial support.