Nick Gonzales was a one man wrecking crew at New Mexico State College. After walking-on, he posted a profession common of .399 with an OPS of 1.249. Within the COVID shortened 2020 season, Gonzales hit .448 with 12 bombs in simply 16 video games for the Aggies. This absurd begin helped solidified his draft inventory for that June. The Pirates drafted the second baseman seventh total within the 2020 draft and he now sits at #5 on the Buccos’ Prime Prospect Listing.
Gonzales is primarily a second baseman however has been spending extra time on the left aspect at third base and shortstop. Nick has been with Rawlings since being drafted and has no plans on switching. The primary query that prompted was…
“Coronary heart of the Disguise or Professional Most popular?”
Nick’s response was an fascinating one. He mentioned “I actually wish to get each a Professional Most popular and a Coronary heart of Disguise to interrupt them in on the similar time and see which one I favor for that yr. I’ve undoubtedly used Coronary heart of Disguise extra because it appears to interrupt in faster.” You typically see guys on one aspect of the talk or the opposite however Gonzales merely goes by really feel after they’re labored in slightly.
The subsequent query pertains to glove sample. Being a second baseman in school, Nick grew accustom to a shallow pocket that emphasised a fast switch. Since being drafted, Nick has used the enduring TT2 sample from Rawlings. The shallow pocket with a thumb to center finger shut was excellent for the slick fielding Gonzales.
However, with extra time being spent on the left aspect, Nick wished to alter it up.
He mentioned “I’ve all the time used the TT2 and by no means tried anything. After I transfer over to the opposite aspect of the infield taking part in SS and third, I wished one thing with an even bigger pocket. For this season, I switched to the 200 sample to provide slightly additional depth” Gonzales did retain the 11.5″ size from the TT2 with the change to the 200 sample, nevertheless.
Pictured above is the Professional Most popular providing he designed for the 2023 season. The PROS204-7KC provides slightly extra flash than we’re used to seeing from the often understated Gonzales. He broke his “basic” mould by including the purple accents, the Pace Shell again, and even the V net. Whereas louder than his go-to all tan TT2 from years previous, this combo works good for the AAA Indianapolis Indians and ties in superbly with the Pirates purple accents if he will get the decision this yr.
For his Coronary heart of the Disguise, Gonzales went with all impartial colours. Black, brown, and blonde all the time work effectively and including the mesh was a pleasant contact for some weight financial savings.
This PRO204-2HB is identical base sample as his Professional Most popular, simply in Coronary heart of the Disguise steerhide and with an I-web. I requested Nick concerning the design course of for his gloves since these are slightly completely different than what we’ve seen prior to now. He mentioned “This yr, I attempted to have some extra flash on my glove. I went with slightly little bit of purple and the non-leather again to alter issues up. However I attempt to discover what is easy however seems to be actually good”. Whereas some guys go all out with a theme, like our first Talking Gloves piece with Jon Duplantier, Gonzales simply finds a shade combo he likes and rolls with it.
The ‘Nicky G” stitched on the thumb is fairly self explanatory. “Hold Hammering”, nevertheless, is a phrase I hadn’t seen earlier than. When he’s not on the sector, Gonzales typically finds himself in his truck listening to some Zach Bryan (dude has good style) on his solution to go searching. “Hold Hammering” is a quote from his favourite bow hunter that resonated with him. He mentioned he provides it to his glove as a reminder to push by way of the robust days and to all the time maintain working. A easy however necessary mantra as Gonzales says “On a regular basis is a brand new day and a chance to get higher and be taught from yesterday’s errors.”
As all the time, an enormous thanks to Nick for taking a while to reply our questions and speak gloves! Be sure to shoot Nick a follow on IG and tell us who else you’d wish to see on our subsequent Speaking Gloves publish!