Rum Bunter Radio: Getting to Know Pittsburgh Pirates 1st Round Pick Nick Gonzales

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2020 first-round draft pick Nick Gonzales joins the Rum Bunter Radio crew to discuss the first few months of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and more!

The future is bright for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and 2020 first-round draft pick Nick Gonzales looks to be a key piece of the farm system.

The offseason rolls on for the Pittsburgh Pirates as the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros join them on the couch for the rest of these wacky 2020 playoffs after each being eliminated in championship series game sevens earlier in the week.

In this episode of Rum Bunter Radio, Marty Nick and Trey welcome former New Mexico State Aggie, green chili expert and current Pirates’ prospect Nick Gonzlaes. The crew starts by getting Gonzales’ thoughts on being drafted seventh overall this past summer and what it was like to receive the phone call every young athlete wants.

Gonzales breaks down the emotional moments leading up the draft and how his life has changed since being taken and signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. While talking about the pick, he details the process of getting drafted and the rollercoaster of rumors and suspicions that go along with it.

The crew rewinds and sheds light on Gonzales’ path to the pros, starting with his childhood baseball days. Having an older brother helped make Nick into the athlete he is, but listen to hear what sport Gonzales could be doing professionally right now if baseball hadn’t panned out.

Not everyone’s talents surface at the same time, and as a preferred walk-on at New Mexico State Gonzales knew he would have to work hard to earn a scholarship, let alone a shot at the big leagues.

Gonzales closes out the episode by talking about his experiences in the Cape Cod League, where he won the season MVP and his team won the championship. Find out how these experiences helped catch Pittsburgh’s eye and helped shape Gonzales’ young career.

Nick spent 2020 at the Pirates’ alternate training site in Altoona, and already made strides with the “P” on his chest. He breaks down the daily rundown of alternate camp, and gives insight on which players are performing the best and which personalities stand out.

Batten down the hatches, clear the decks, Nick Gonzales is on the way and Rum Bunter Radio is here to help you get to know the talented second baseman.

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