Gonzalez becomes highest MLB draft pick in Aggie history

With the seventh overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Aggie shortstop Nick Gonzalez. A Vail, Arizona, native, Gonzales began his Aggie career as a walk-on.

In Gonzalez’ third and final season as an Aggie, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper named him National Player of the Year and first team All-American after he recorded a .448 batting average through the first 16 games of the shortened 2020 season. He ranked first in the NCAA in several categories, including home runs with 12. Gonzalez also owned a nation-best on-base streak of 82 consecutive games when the season was suspended in March 2020.

Additional postseason accolades for Gonzalez include second team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America and Western Athletic Conference’s Joe Kearney Award for the top male student-athlete in the conference.

Tiffany Acosta