While climbing the system in his first minor-league season, Norel Gonzalez didn’t receive an invite from the Astros.
The Astros signed Gonzalez in January of 2021 as an international free agent, embarking on the backend of his 20s. The Cuban-born first baseman was promoted to Triple-A by August, while the injury bug limited his play in Sugar Land.
The left-hander slashed .275/.352/.481 across two levels with 15 home runs in 88 games. While at his second spring training, Gonzalez remains off the non-roster invite list but could make his name well-known with consistent play in Sugar Land.
In the field, he has shown versatility with innings at first base and the corner outfield positions. Now 27-years-old, Gonzalez could be an option for the 2023 season, pending the status of Yuli Gurriel and depth pieces behind him.
Right-handed pitcher Austin Pruitt signed a minor-league deal with the Oakland A’s, Matt Kawahara of The San Fransisco Chronicle reports.
Outfielder Steven Souza signed a minor-league deal with the Seattle Mariners, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Shortstop Robel Garcia signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago Cubs again, Mike Rodriguez of Univision reports.