Raúl González (Ciego de Ávila)
Raúl González Isidoria
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 196 lb.
Raúl González has played for the Ciego de Ávila Tigers. He went 7 for 23 with a double in his first two seasons, then was 16 for 62 with two doubles and a homer in 2007-2008. In 2008-2009, he hit .294/.365/.427 and fielded .984; he played second base, shortstop, third base and the outfield. Manning the same positions in 2009-2010, Raúl batted .320/.391/.478 and fielded .965.
He hit .279/.359/.417 with 70 runs in 86 games in 2010-2011, fielding .970 at third base and also with 89 error-free chances backing up Mario Vega at 2B. He won the Gold Glove at third. In 2011-2012, he produced at a .303/.371/.456 clip as the Tigers won their first title. Fielding .980, he won another Gold Glove at the hot corner. He tied Yuniet Flores for second in the league with 27 doubles (one behind Rusney Castillo. The lone negative was just 7 steals in 19 tries; he was 6th in times caught stealing. In 2012-2013, he hit .298/.368/.380 and was named the Offensive All-Star utility man.
He was a late addition to the Cuban national team's roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He was 1 for 4 with a run and a RBI, backing up Erisbel Arruebarruena at short and José Miguel Fernández at second base. He opened 2013-2014 with the Tigers and hit .309/.387/.436 while fielding .993 in the first half, then moved to Matanzas in the second half when the Tigers failed to advance; he only played 7 games for them, finishing the year at .339/.415/.478 with a .994 fielding percentage.
The Tigers and González were back on track in 2014-2015 as he hit .294/.382/.355 to help them to the title; he had two runs and three RBI in the clincher. He tied for 7th in the league with 12 sacrifice hits. He began the year at 3B and moved to 2B for the second half when the Tigers added Yeniet Pérez as a reinforcement. In the 2015 Pan American Games, he started at second for Cuba and hit .233/.324/.433 with 7 RBI in 8 games. He scored Cuba's first run of the tourney, reaching off Colombia's Javier Ortiz and scoring on a José Adolis García homer, then added a three-run shot off Yesid Salazar later in the game. He also took Team USA's Aaron Blair deep. He tied for 8th in the Toronto Games in homers (2) and tied Urmaris Guerra, Brock Kjeldgaard, Tyson Gillies and Jeffrey Dominguez for 5th in RBI. He tied Guerra for the Cuban RBI lead. He did not make Cuba's team for the 2015 Premier 12, though, as Rudy Reyes was picked at 2B.
- Old World Baseball Classic site
- 2015 Pan American Games