The Pittsburgh Pirates are recalling infielder Nick Gonzales from Triple-A Indianapolis, a source confirms to Pittsburgh Baseball Now.
Gonzales, 24, was previously with the Pirates this season for 31 games from late June until the beginning of August. He slashed .216/.268/.353 with six doubles, a triple, two homers and he drove in 13 runs.
After going hitless in his final 14 at-bats, the Pirates optioned Gonzales back to Indianapolis on Aug. 3.
Since returning to Indy, the 2020 seventh-overall draft pick performed well at the plate through the conclusion of the Indians’ season on Sunday.
In 42 games after getting optioned, Gonzales hit .314 (50 for 159) with 13 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 22 RBIs, 27 runs scored and three steals.
He also cut his strikeout rate to a much more manageable 23.8% clip while also posting a healthy walk rate of a tick below 10%.
In order to get Gonzales back on the Pirates’ active roster, a corresponding move will be needed.
The Pirates have six more games this season left on the schedule. They begin a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday before returning home for three games against the Miami Marlins to end the year.