Gonzalez settles into starting role for Argonauts

Jared Gonzalez knew if he was going to transfer out of Huntingdon in Alabama to another school to continue his college baseball career, he wanted to make sure he found the right fit.

The former Navarre pitcher found a home at the University of West Florida.

“Growing up in this area, I wanted to be back in this environment, be closer to the water and do the things I loved growing up,” Gonzalez said. “I wasn’t really a fan of Montgomery.”

West Florida was at the top of his destination list during his search.

“I knew I had a good chance to play baseball here and I hoped I could help out,” Gonzalez said. “I had a place to live because of friends I had here and I reached out to coach (Mike) Jeffcoat and told him if there was any spot for me on the team, I’d love to come here. He was all for it.”

So Gonzalez, after two years as one of the top pitchers on the Hawks’ staff – he was the USA South Athletic Conference Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 2015 – headed to Pensacola.

He hasn’t looked back and has settled nicely into the Argonauts’ starting rotation, winning his first three starts.

Interestingly enough, Gonzalez began his season coming out of the bullpen. And he was cool with that.

“I knew I wouldn’t begin the year as a starter. I knew I’d be coming out of the pen,” Gonzalez said. “I just wanted innings. I wanted the chance to touch the field.”

Read the full article in the April 20 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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