Tony Gonsolin’s pitching helps the Dodgers clinch the MLB World Series.
By Oliver Collins
Two outs, top of the ninth and the Rays are down to their last out. The pitching rotation looks on from right field as Julio Urias, the young hard throwing left hander threw the last pitch to Willy Adames. “Strike Three” the umpire called as the ball flew through the inside corner of the plate. The players charge the mound, the pitching rotation rushes the field led by Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Tony Gonsolin the three aces. A site to see for Dodgers fans and the first world series win for the organization in almost 30 years. For Tony Gonsolin, it was almost surreal.
Tony Gonsolin was born in Vacaville, California on May 14, 1994. From a young age Gonsolin showed tremendous upside for his arm in the outfield, it wasn’t until his time in the Saint Mary’s baseball team that his pitching potential was finally realized. For Gonsolin, pitching came almost effortlessly after a long time in the outfield and he immediately showed potential with his high velocity and fluent wind up. Quickly after an excellent final collegiate season he entered the MLB draft where he was selected 281st overall. This wasn’t exactly the pick he was looking for but he flew up the minors ranks and entered a Dodgers rotation that needed a reliable pitcher.
While Game 2 didn’t exactly go how Tony Gonsolin wanted it to, it was a big moment for him and I’m sure his family too. An excellent showing throughout the year was capped off by most young ball players dreams, a world series ring. Gonsolin will look to continue to shine throughout the next few seasons and maybe even win another world series ring with the Dodgers organization. We will look to spotlight Gonsolin going forward and track his progress as he climbs through the stages of what it means to be a major league baseball player.
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