Mauro Gomez is a guy who is making the most of his chance in the spotlight. The 27-year-old slugger was signed as an international free agent by Texas in 2003 and made his Major League debut this season with the Red Sox. According to Triple-A Pawtucket broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith, Gomez has been named International League Most Valuable Player.
Signed as a minor league free agent by Boston last off-season, Gomez has been called up to the Red Sox four times this season. He is batting .292with one home run, six RBI and four doubles in 53 plate appearances.
At Pawtucket, the first baseman/DH is among the International League leaders in multiple offensive categories. He is batting .310 (T-3rd) with 34 doubles (T-2nd), 24 homers (T-2nd), and 74 RBI (4th). He leads the league with a .589 slugging pct. and 59 extra-base hits, and is third in total bases (228).
This season is not a fluke for Gomez. He belted 24 home runs and 90 RBI wtih a .304 average at Triple-A Gwinnett (Atlanta) last season.
Like 26-year-old Pedro Ciriaco, who has emerged as a valuable super utility player with a future in Boston, Gomez has surfaced as a wise off-season signing by first-year general manager Ben Cherington. Though he is not known for his glove, especially at third base, Gomez provides depth at first base and DH.
With David Ortiz potentially sidelined for the rest of the season because of an Achilles tendon injury, Gomez will likely see significant playing time and get a chance to prove that he belongs in the majors.
Gomez was also named an International League post-season All-Star at DH. Shortstop Jose Iglesias and catcher Ryan Lavarnway were also named to the post-season All-Star team.