El Paso, TX — When El Paso’s shortstop gets on base, he is dangerous. And Gonzalez gets on base a lot. El Paso Diablo, Maikol Gonzalez, was named the American Association’s All-Star SS for 2013. The Venezuela native, joined El Paso in 2011, and has been the only player to remain on the roster since. This year alone, Gonzalez was named league Hitter of the Week twice, and was awarded MVP during Sunday’s last Diablo home game at Cohen Stadium.
The former Division II All-American ranks fifth in the American Association with a .341 batting average, which has helped Gonzalez steal a league-best 46 bases in 2013. Add in Gonzalez’s nine triples, which rate him third in the league, and you have a formidable leadoff hitter and the American Association’s top shortstop. In his first two seasons in the Diablo uniform, he posted a combined batting average of .332, with 5 home runs, and 78 runs batted in, as a shortstop from 2011 to 2012.
“We are extremely proud of Maikol for being named to the American Association All-Star Team. To those around him on a daily basis, this award comes as no surprise. Maikol exemplifies what it means to be a professional both on and off the field,” said Shawn Suarez, Diablo Director of Baseball Operations.