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Severino Yunier González (you can follow him on Twitter @chevitogonzalez) is a 6’2″, 155 lb. right-handed pitcher from Santiago de Veragua, Panama. Born on September 28th, 1992, González originally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2011 for a $14,000 bonus. He made his professional debut soon after with the Venezuelan Summer League for the VSL Phillies. In 17 appearances, he went 1-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 29 K’s over 42 2/3 innings. González remained with the VSL Phillies in 2012, and put up a 7-3 record, a 1.65 ERA, 86 whiffs in 92 2/3 innings, a .179 oppBA, and a 0.70 WHIP.
That performance was good enough for González to make the jump to the higher echelon’s of Philadelphia’s farm system. He split his 2013 campaign between the single-A Lakewood BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League, the high-A Clearwater Phillies in the Florida State League, and the double-A Reading Fightin’ Phils in the Eastern League. All told, he went 7-5 with a 2.00 ERA over 25 appearances, including 14 starts. González struck out 119 in 103 2/3 innings that season, and held batters to a 1.02 WHIP.
2014 would see González spend his entire season in Reading, and make 27 rotational starts. He began the season as the number 10 Phillies prospect, then went 9-13 with a 4.59 ERA and 115 whiffs in 158 2/3 frames. The following season would see him promoted first to the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the International League, where over 16 starts he posted a 2-7 record and a 5.11 ERA. He also made his major league debut for the Phillies, going 3-3 over seven starts. He allowed 44 hits and seven walks in just 30 2/3 innings, striking out 28 and allowing a 7.92 ERA, a 1.66 WHIP, and a .342 oppBA.
Between the IronPigs and the Fightin’ Phils in 2016, González had a 2.93 ERA in 21 relief appearances. In the majors, it was a different story. In 27 trips out of the bullpen for the Phillies, he allowed a 5.60 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .286 oppBA. He struck out 34 in 35 1/3 innings.
During the offseason, on January 24th, 2017, the Phillies traded González to the Miami Marlins for a player to be named later. Between the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League and the triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes in the Pacific Coast League, he posted a 5-8 record in 44 games, with a 4.82 ERA.
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In 2018, González appeared in five Spring Training games for the Miami Marlins. He struck out six and allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. After not getting included on the Marlins major league roster to start the season, they recalled him to the team on March 31st. Five days later, without appearing in any major league games, he was outrighted back to the Baby Cakes.
González played in 25 games out of the bullpen for the Cakes soon after, and went 2-2 with three saves, a 5.61 ERA, and 23 K’s in 33 2/3 innings, with a 1.43 WHIP. On May 15th, he struck out two in a perfect relief inning as the Baby Cakes defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers, 16-0. On June 18th, the Miami Marlins released González.
After his release, González signed on with Saraperos de Saltillo in the Mexican League, and in three games, he gave up 18 hits and 12 earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings. He was released two weeks later, and has not signed on with any other teams since.
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