Former Phillies Pitcher, Cuban Defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Dies In Car Accident

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David Maialetti, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Former right-handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who briefly pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies in September 2014, passed away in a car accident in his native of Cuba.

The Phillies confirmed the sad news on Friday:

Gonzalez was just 34 years old.

After defecting from Cuba in 2013, the Phillies reportedly signed Gonzalez to a six-year, $48 million deal, with an option for a seventh year at $11 million. The Phillies never officially confirmed the signing because there were injury concerns regarding Gonzalez’s arm. Shortly after, both parties agreed on a three-year, $12 million deal.

In 31 Minor League games spread out across single, double, and triple-A in 2014, Gonzalez posted a 3.11 ERA. He made his Major League debut for the Phillies on September 3 of that year, appearing in six games after rosters expanded. He was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.

Gonzalez battled arm trouble throughout 2015, appearing in only six Minor League games; he was released by the Phillies days before the start of the 2016 season.

It’s been a month of mourning for the Phillies’ organization; Gonzalez’s death follows the November 8 passing of the legendary Roy Halladay.

Another one gone too soon. Rest in peace, Miguel!