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Juan Gonzalez: From Sleeper to Top Prospect

SS Juan Gonzalez (Photo: Joe Kaiser)

Few even knew who this Juan Gonzalez was when the Mariners acquired him along with Ramon Santiago from Detroit in the Carlos Guillen deal over the winter. But he's quickly become one of the top hitters in the farm system. Growing up in Venezuela, Gonzalez tells InsidethePark's Jonathan Bianchet that he strives to become the next Omar Vizquel. Find out more on this up-and-coming 22-year old in this InsidethePark exclusive.

It isn't a new discovery that baseball has been flourishing in foreign countries, especially in Central and South America. In fact, many of the Major League's best players are products of these countries, and Venezuela is no exception. Some of Venezuela's best in today's game include Freddy Garcia, Edgardo Alfonzo, Carlos Zambrano and World Series heroes Francisco Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera...

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