|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 27|
December 4, 1985 |
Santiago, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 13, 2007 for the New York Mets|
(through May 19, 2013)
|Runs batted in||216|
|Career highlights and awards|
At just 16 years of age, Gómez signed with the Mets as an international free agent on July 27, 2002. Along with Fernando Martínez, Gómez was considered one of the top New York Mets outfield prospects, and was considered to be a five-tool prospect. While they were teammates, Mets shortstop José Reyes, who led the National League in stolen bases and triples for multiple seasons, said that Gómez is faster than he is. In fact, while he and Gómez were teammates with the Mets, Gómez routinely beat him in foot races during Spring training 2007.
In 2006, he played for the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League, and was the co-winner of the Sterling Award. He finished second in the league with 41 stolen bases and fifth in the league with eight triples. He also batted .281 (121–430) with 53 runs scored, 24 doubles, seven home runs and 48 runs batted in.
Gómez started the 2007 season with the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Playing every day, by the second week of May he led the Pacific Coast League with 17 stolen bases in 36 games and hit .286 (40-for-140), scoring 24 runs, and hitting eight doubles, two triples, and two home runs.
New York Mets (2007)
Gómez was part of the youth movement in New York, and had quickly become a fan favorite at Shea Stadium. He was the youngest player in the National League when he made his major league debut on May 13, 2007. On May 16, 2007, he appeared in the Mets starting lineup along with Carlos Beltrán and Carlos Delgado, marking the first time in Major League history that a single team had three starters named "Carlos" in their lineup. He was nicknamed 'Little Carlos', since he was the third Carlos on the team.
He became expendable when Johan Santana, of the Minnesota Twins, became available via trade, and on January 29, 2008, he and pitchers Deolis Guerra, Phillip Humber and Kevin Mulvey were sent to the Twins for the two time Cy Young Award winner.
Minnesota Twins (2008–09)
Gómez became the starting center fielder for the Twins, following Torii Hunter's signing with the Los Angeles Angels. He won a three-way race for the center field in 2008, beating out prospects Denard Span and Jason Pridie. Gómez's 40-time had been clocked at 4.29 by the MLB. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has nicknamed him "Go-Go" due to his last name and his blazing speed. Batting first, with Alexi Casilla batting second, Gardenhire has referred to the speedy duo as "Loose Cannon One," and "Loose Cannon Two."
He had an excellent regular-season debut for the Twins, going 2-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs as the Twins beat the Angels, 3–2. On April 11, 2008, Gómez hit his first career triple off Yasuhiko Yabuta of the Royals.
On May 7, 2008, Gómez hit for the cycle against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. He became the fourth major leaguer and second in Twins history to hit for the reverse natural cycle. He also became the third-youngest player to hit for the cycle in MLB history.
Milwaukee Brewers (2010-present)
In 2011, he led all NL outfielders in range factor, at 2.97, and tied for the NL lead in fielding percentage of outfielders, at 1.000. On July 20, 2011, Carlos fractured his Collarbone when he dived in and made a fantastic catch in shallow center field. There were two injuries in that game against the Diamondbacks and the other person who got injured was Stephen Drew. Gomez returned for the rest of the baseball season in September. Through 2011, he had the best career range factor of all active major league outfielders, at 2.923. During the 2011 Postseason, Gómez hit .357, with 1 home run and 2 RBIs.
In 2012, Gomez started the season platooning with Nyjer Morgan and Norichika Aoki in center field, until Morgan's lack of production and Aoki being moved to right field allowed Gomez to play more full time in center. Gomez ended up having his best season of his major league career. Gomez attained career highs with a .260 batting average, .305 on-base percentage, 19 home runs, and 37 stolen bases in the 2012 season.
Prior to the 2013 season, Gomez signed a 3-year, $24 million extension with the Brewers, which will keep him signed with the club through 2016.
Gomez started the 2013 season as the Brewers starting center fielder, though he struggled early, batting only .162 after the first couple of the weeks of the season. After that, Gomez went on a tear, getting 3 hits in each of the next three games, raising his average back up to .300 just a week later. Gomez was named National League Player of the Week for his efforts, which is only the third time he has ever won the award. Gomez's hot hitting has continued into May. As of May 8, Gomez is leading the National League with a .364 batting average, along with a .412 on-base percentage, 8 doubles, 6 home runs, and 7 stolen bases in 9 attempts.
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