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Venezuelan Gonzalez replaces Granadillo at HCAW
BUSSUM (Neth.) - Mr. Cocker HCAW on Thursday, April 7 announced that is has added Venezuelan infielder Juan Miguel Gonzalez to its roster, replacing his countryman Antonio Josť Granadillo, who informed the club he will not come due for private reasons. Gonzalez will be joined this season by Venezuelans Dirimo Enrique Chavez and Roger Luque, who also played for HCAW last season.

Gonzalez, who turned 29 in February and arrived today, is an experienced player, who has played ten seasons in the Minor Leagues. After signing a professional contract on January 29, 1999, Gonzalez made his pro-debut in 2001 when he played in the Rookie League-team of the Detroit Tigers. In the Tiger-organization, Gonzalez played in Rookie League and Single-A, before being traded on January 8, 2004 to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Guillen. With the Mariners, he again played in Single-A, then returned to the Tigers during the 2005 season, where he remained on the Single-A level.

In 2006, Gonzalez, who is a switch-hitter, played Single-A for the Texas Rangers and Florida Marlins, then became a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2006 season. After playing in Double-A in 2007 and 2008, he started on the same level in 2009 but promoted to Triple-A later in the year and played in 29 games for the Albuquerque Isotopes, hitting .256. In 2007 and 2008, Gonzalez played in the All Star Game in the Southern League. Last year, Gonzalez played for the Mississippi Braves, the Double-A team of the Atlanta Braves, with whom he was in Spring Training before the start of the season. With Mississippi, Gonzalez played in 34 games and batted .206 (21-for-102), scored seven runs and had 12 RBI's.

In 10 professional seasons, Gonzalez played in 963 games, hitting .264 (879-for-3324) with 142 doubles, 32 triples and 41 homeruns. He scored 474 runs and collected 379 runs batted in.

(April 7)

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