NMSU Second Baseman Nick Gonzalez Explodes
It has been a record setting first month of the regular season for Nick Gonzalez. The NMSU Aggies second baseman hit .590 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI's through only 13 games. In addition to leading the NCAA in all three Triple Crown categories, he is also tops in runs scored (28), hits (36), slugging (1.213), and total bases (74).
Gonzalez was named the National Player of the Month by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The sophomore from Vail, Arizona has also received a pair of WAC Player of the Week honors and he has recorded at least one hit in every game thus far. Gonzalez was the WAC Freshman of the Year for 2018 and he will not be eligible for the MLB Amateur Draft until after his junior season at NMSU.
"Nick is a self-made player who is receiving the accolades, the statistics, and everything that he has earned," NMSU head coach Brian Green told 600 ESPN El Paso. "He is an advanced player and comes from an unbelievable family. We certainly didn't see this coming. We saw a blue collar center fielder and he's turned himself into a Major League prospect through his work ethic and his determination."
D1baseball lists Gonzalez as the fifth best college second baseman in the country and he currently the 84th best sophomore prospect in the country. Scouts from Team USA have planned to see him in the upcoming weeks. Over the next two weeks, the Aggies play Arizona State, Nebraska, and Arizona on the road.