Geudy Gomez is 19 year old and stands 6’4″ 210lb from Santiago, Dominican Republic, his father is a former left hand pitcher farmhand of the LA Angel. Fausto Mejia had a lot to do with Geudy’s development, Mejia invited Gomez to his training facility in Bona, D.R. almost after observing unteachable tools at a workout. At the time Gomez had arm strength but struggled with his command and his Curveball was flat; both Mejia and Gomez got to work focusing on delivery and effectiveness with his breaking pitches. It took the pair 4 months of hard work to straighten out the wrinkles in his mechanics but he showed signs of improvement by the week.
Mejia a key member of the Dominican Prospect League and senior recruiter was optimistic about Gomez development plan once he saw the significant progress Gomez had made in the short time he worked with him. When asked about Gomez first start in the DPL, Mejia said ” I don’t think he will be in the League very long, he has shown
quality stuff at our academy and he’s overmatching hitters with ease, scouts have already taken notice of Gomez and his stuff just gets better and better.” After 2 starts in the DPL Gomez dominated hitters with his power arm and pitching ability. He’s now mechanically sound and pounds the strike zone with his four seam Fastball that sits 90-93 (94)mph, a two-seam Fastball with movement down in the zone at 90-91mph, his Curveball has hard biting rotation at 79-83mph and he shows a feel for a Change-up 84-85mph.
The San Diego Padres Vice President, Player Development & International Scouting Randy Smith took notice of Geudy Gomez during his second DPL start and immediately reached an agreement with the hurler for $115,000. The Padres have been one of the most aggressive teams in Latin America for the past decade, they constructed a multimillion dollar training facility in San Cristobal D.R. built in 2008 which is second to none and have been competitive in the International market for acquisition of top talent every year. The Padres have signed multiple DPL players since the inauguration of the league in 2009, some of the more notable power bats are Edwin Moreno, Duanel Jones and Franmil Reyes. They have also received the benefits of signing and developing some quality prospects who make part of their 40man MLB roster Jose De Paula, Rymer Liriano, Ali Solis, Jeudy Valdez and Edinson Rincon. The Padres have acquired another quality arm in Geudy Gomez with the upside to pitch in Petco at some point in the near future. The contract is still pending investigation and MLB approval.
Congratulations to Fausto Mejia, San Diego Padres and the Gomez family.