Jayson Gonzalez - Baseball - Vanderbilt University Athletics

#99 Jayson Gonzalez


Class Senior
Height 6'2"
Weight 220
Hometown Covina, Calif.
High School Bishop Amat

Student-Athlete Features
VUCommodores.com — On Last Go-Round for Gonzalez
San Gabriel Valley Tribune – Bishop Amat’s Jayson Gonzalez and South Hills’ Jacob Amaya are nothing short of special (April 2017)

Head coach Tim Corbin on Gonzalez: “Jayson’s care level for our baseball program has been deep rooted since he was a young kid. He genuinely gets great satisfaction by watching other people have great success. Everyone in this program wants to see this young man have his own success. His habits on the field are consistent and positive… he never takes a repetition off. We have been very fortunate to have him in our program for four years. He models the behaviors and personality that are important to our program.” 

As a Senior (2021)
• Selected by the Chicago White Sox with the 515th pick in the 17th round of the 2021 MLB Draft
• Named SEC Player of the Week on April 5
• Drove in three runs in and launched a homer in the first game of the season-opening twinbill against Wright State (Feb. 22)
• Was a perfect 3-for-3 in the series-opener against LSU (April 1-3), where he drove in two runs
• Recorded six hits on nine plate appearances in the series sweep of LSU (April 1-3)
• Belted two home runs in the first two games against rival Tennessee (April 16-17)
• Closed the Mississippi State series (April 24-25) with identical 2-for-4 performances from the dish
• Launched the game-tying home run in the regional final against Georgia Tech (June 6), while also going 2-for-4 from the plate

As a Junior (2020)

  • Season canceled due to coronavirus outbreak
  • Did not make an appearance

As a Sophomore (2019)

  • Made 25 appearances and 13 starts at third base
  • Team-high .357 average among reserves with 50-plus at-bats
  • Totaled 25 bases in 25 games while posting a .471 on-base percentage with 11 walks
  • Registered seven multi-hit games and logged a hit in nine of his last 14 games
  • Batted .303 (10-for-33) with runners aboard and .333 (2-for-6) with the bases loaded
  • Collected seven hits and five RBIs in his first six games (Feb. 16-26)
  • Drew a walk in six-straight games (Feb. 17-March 5) and in nine of 11 (Feb. 17-March 12)
  • Reached base in all three games on opening weekend including two hits vs. Virginia

As a Freshman (2018)

  • 39 starts in 44 appearances, batting .225 with 28 RBIs and 21 runs
  • Batted .300 with 16 RBIs and three home runs over his first 19 games
  • SEC Freshman of the Week after hitting .364 with five RBIs (March 12)
  • Recorded all three of Vandy’s RBIs with a solo home run at Long Beach State (March 7)
  • Only Commodore to produce multiple four-hit games (UMass-Lowell, Feb. 24; Austin Peay, Feb. 27)
  • Registered seven multi-RBI games
  • Five RBIs and two home runs as part of a 4-for-5 performance vs. UMass-Lowell (Feb. 24)
  • Recorded a hit in 13 of his first 19 appearances
  • Started 38 games at third base and one game (May 6) at shortstop
  • Hit .325 in the month of February, producing 11 RBIs in 10 games
  • Batted .281 (18-for-64) with 18 RBIs across 21 home games

The Gonzalez File

  • Lettered four years at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif.
  • 2017 All-American, All-State, All-San Gabriel Valley, and All-League selection
  • 2016 & 2017 Del Rey League MVP
  • 2016 & 2017 team captain
  • 2016 All-American
  • 2016 all-state honoree
  • 2015 first-team all-San Gabriel Valley
  • 2015 first-team All-Del Rey League
  • Led Bishop Amat High School to 2015 California state title
  • Native of Arcadia, Calif.
  • Son of Wallace Jr. and Adela Gonzalez
  • Father Wallace played baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization
  • Brother to Wallace III played for the Houston Astros organization
  • Sister, Lexi Gonzalez, played softball at Cal-State Fullerton and Puerto Rican National Team
  • Human and organizational development major