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Yovan Gonzalez will officially be returning to the Somerset Patriots’ lineup in 2020. “Yovi” is more than just a fan-favorite after 4 seasons in Somerset, he is a terrific backstop and support for the Patriots’ pitching staff.

YOVI STAYS AT HOME WITH THE PATRIOTS

Yovan Gonzalez will officially be returning to the Somerset Patriots’ lineup in 2020. “Yovi” is more than just a fan-favorite after 4 seasons in Somerset, he is a terrific backstop and support for the Patriots’ pitching staff. In 2019, Gonzalez allowed only 6 passed balls in 652 innings behind the plate. Additionally, Gonzalez improved his caught stealing rate by 3% from 2018 to 2019. This is more impressive than it may seem considering the baserunner-friendly rule changes that have helped stolen base rates rise by 3% across the league.

Gonzalez is not being brought back for his offensive production. He projects as a .235/.305/.295 hitter in 2020, which is below league average for catchers. Gonzalez may be lucky to hit more than 3 home runs and 30 RBI. However, this season’s 126-game schedule will increase Yovan’s value behind the plate. With 14 fewer games, it could be expected that the team can put Gonzalez behind the plate for an additional 3% of their games in 2020. All considered, no player is better-fitted to sign the first Somerset Patriots contract of 2020.

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