LINCOLN – The Saltdogs acquired the rights to 2013 American Association All-Star shortstop Maikol Gonzalez, along with two other players, from the El Paso Diablos for cash considerations Friday.
Gonzalez, 27, led the league with 47 stolen bases, tied for second in runs scored with 85, was third in triples with nine and tied for fourth with a .337 batting average. He also hit 21 doubles, a home run and 43 RBI in 99 games for the Diablos.
The speedy shortstop set the league ablaze in August, hitting .482 with nine doubles, seven triples, 22 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 29 games played.
Born in Venezuela, Gonzalez was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 2008 MLB draft out of Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn.
In 2012 for El Paso, Gonzalez hit .330 with five home runs, 50 RBI and 40 stolen bases, playing in all 100 games.
His first year in the Association was 2011. After signing with El Paso following his release from the Rockies, he hit .335 with nine triples and 21 stolen bases in 62 games.
Lincoln also acquired a pair of 22-year olds from El Paso in C Sergio Burruel and RHP Jake Meiers.
Burruel hit .287 with eight doubles and 14 RBI over 32 games for the Diablos in 2013 after beginning the year with Triple-A Tabasco (Mexican League). The Phoenix, Ariz. native’s first three professional seasons were with the Chicago Cubs organization.
Meiers went 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 25 relief appearances for the Diablos as a true rookie. The Wellington, Fla. product wrapped his collegiate career at Florida Atlantic University in the spring.
*Updated Sept. 23, 2013*