Hometown: Port St. Lucie, FL
A solid defensive catcher with great arm strength ... Gives the Bucs a physical presence on the field and in the lineup ... Great leadership ability and work ethic ... Improved significantly last season both offensively and defensively.
JUNIOR (2006): Struggled with a pulled back muscle early, but hit .381 with 12 homers after March 8 ... Second on the team with 13 homers and third with 43 RBI, leads all returners ... Hit .469 with six homers, four doubles and 20 RBI during 11-game hitting streak from Mar. 27 to Apr. 15 ... Homered twice and drove in five against Palm Beach Atlantic on Mar. 29 ... Led the team with eight games of three or more hits ... Threw out 36.3 percent of attempted basestealers.
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Played for coach Mike Eason at Indian River CC ... Earned All-Conference Honors for blasting five home runs and 19 doubles with a .360 average.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2002 graduate of Port St. Lucie High where he lettered four times under coach Tony Malizia ... Earned All-Couny honors with a .340 average and 25 RBI.
PERSONAL: Son of Orestes Gonzalez and Ada Malonet ... Has two younger siblings ... Majoring in criminology.