Reading's Gonzalez shows the ability to bounce back

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Pitching prospect Severino Gonzalez at a Phillies game in September 2013. (Chris Szagola/AP file photo)

READING -- Righthander Severino Gonzalez of Reading has been able to bounce back after a recent nightmarish start. The Inquirer’s No. 6 ranked Phillies prospect, Gonzalez has now had two solid outings after yielding 10 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings during a 15-0 loss at Trenton on May 11.

Since then he has had two starts and has allowed four earned runs in 13 1/3 innings.

On Thursday he had his longest outing of the season and even though Gonzalez took the loss in a 3-1 defeat to visiting New Hampshire, he battled the entire game.

Gonzalez lasted a season-high 7 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and three runs, all earned. He also walked five and struck out three.

“That is what makes good players if they bounce back from failure,” Reading manager Dusty Wathan said. “He had a rough one and made adjustments with things, had to get the ball down and he is throwing well.”

The five walks were a season-high.

“For the walks he had, he had good command, but just was missing off the plate a little,” Wathan said. “He put it where he wanted but maybe his sights were a tick off today as far as him and the umpire.”

Gonzalez turns 22 in September. At 6-foot-2 and  155-pounds, he still may fill out, but he’ll likely never be an overly hard thrower.

Gonzalez’s ERA is a hefty 5.02. Take away that 10-run game and the ERA is 3.69.

The righthander makes up for his lack of velocity by changing speeds, something Gonzalez showed in Thursday’s loss.

“I thought he kept them off his fastball,” Wathan said. “He kept them off balance and moves the ball around a lot.”

Gonzalez has a long way to go, but at least he has shown the resiliency to put such a poor performance behind him and keep moving forward.

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