Saint Leo, Fla. (June 19, 2007) - Saint Leo University baseball player Jerry Gonzalez (Tampa, Fla.) signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this week following a successful two years with the Lions.
As a senior, Gonzalez led the Lions with a .359 batting average (78-for-217), 19 doubles, six triples and 21 stolen bases. As a leadoff batter, Gonzalez ranked second on the team with nine home runs and 38 RBI.
In addition, he led the team with 21 multiple-hit games and had the longest hitting streak of the season when he hit safely in 14 straight games. In total, Gonzalez registered a hit in all but 10 games during 2007, as he played in all 51 contests. He hit for the cycle against Minnesota-Duluth and had nine games in which he registered at least three hits.
During two seasons at Saint Leo, Gonzalez appeared and started in 104 games batting .329 (128-for-389) with 63 RBI, 32 doubles, 11 home runs and eight triples. He stole 33 bases in 35 attempts and scored a total of 87 runs.
Gonzalez joins teammate and catcher Ricky Nolan (Jr., Seminole, Fla.) who was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Nolan was taken by the Nationals in the 24th round of the annual draft with pick number 730 overall.