Rox Star Rookie Gets a Shot with Padres

December 10, 2007 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Brockton Rox News Release

Brockton, MA (December 10, 2007) - Brockton Rox OF Tony Gonzalez is getting a shot at the Major Leagues. After a breakout rookie season with the Rox in 2007, Gonzalez will join the San Diego Padres for Spring Training in 2008, with a chance to join the organization's minor league system.

A native of La Habra, CA, he was named the Can-Am League's Rookie Player of the Year with the Rox in 2007. After joining the team in late June, Gonzalez hit .304 with 8 HR and 38 RBI during the Can-Am League Regular Season. Rox Manager Chris Miyake spoke highly of Gonzalez and his chances.

"We wish Tony the best in his attempt to make one of the Padres' clubs. I believe he has the ability to perform very well within their organization," said Miyake. "He has the size, power, and hitting ability to succeed at the higher levels."

Gonzalez joins a list of talented former Rox players who also received opportunities to take the next step in their careers. One of the most notable players from this list is former Rox LHP Craig Anderson. Anderson finished the 2005 season with the Rox, and made six starts. He was 4-2, with a 3.67 ERA in 41.2 innings. He struck out 22 and walked just 7. Anderson has since played in the Baltimore Orioles organization and spent time with AA - Bowie, and AAA - Norfolk last season. Currently, the Australian southpaw is pitching in the Dominican Republic Winter League for the Cibaenas Aguilas. He is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 28 innings. He has struck out 18, and has not issued a walk. Read the full story at Anderson was a member of the Australian National team and played with Rox pitcher Wayne Lundgren in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

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