Miguel GonzalezIt’s crazy to think that Miguel Gonzalez wasn’t in big league camp this time last year with the Orioles. He was such an important part of their season in 2012, but believe it or not, this is the first time Buck Showalter has seen him down in Sarasota.

The breakout 28-year-old continues to impress his skipper, who mentioned a specific moment to MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko in which he was particularly pleased by Gonzo’s efforts.

“He’s letting it rip and he’s not taking one pitch for granted,” Showalter said. “Out there today, he gives up a routine two-out fly ball to right and the second baseman vacated. Instead of kind of walking off the field, he ran to second base to cover the bag in case something happened. Those are the things you notice, and I’m sure you do, too, where you kind of go, ‘This guy, he’s not assuming anything.’ When you’ve been where he is, Miguel is trying to make the club.

The soft spoken Gonzalez is apparently highly competitive and confident. You’d never know if from his demeanor on-field or personality in interviews.

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  1. These are the kind of guys that make it fun to root for the Orioles. I hope the town gets behind them the way they did in late September. It’s David versus Goliath, fellas. Join the fun.

  2. I’m going out on a limb,,,,,,this guy can be a number one starter this year if he stays healthy , he has nasty stuff and nice control and a great attitude ,,,,,just watch him…………..pay particular attention to the movement on his pitches , sneaky fast and the kind of movement that gets people out………………

  3. he has nasty stuff and nice control and a great attitude….you just described The Intimidator!

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