But Edgar V. Gonzalez has made a name for himself in Caribbean Series play. In the 2006 Caribbean Series in Venezuela, Gonzalez set a series record with eight straight hits. In four games this series, he is hitting .577 with three doubles, two triples and four runs scored in 26 at-bats.
"I think it helps that there are not that many scouting reports and the pitchers go after you a certain way," Gonzalez, 30, said. "The pitchers are really aggressive, and I've been fortunate to have some balls fall in."
Signed by the Tampa Bay Rays out of San Diego State in 2000, Gonzalez played four seasons at Class A before his promotion to Double-A in '04. A veteran of nine Minor League seasons, Gonzalez also has played in the Texas, Washington, St. Louis and Florida organizations. The Padres signed him to a Minor League deal before the 2008 season, and he went on to hit .274 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 111 games as a rookie.
He is expected to fill San Diego's utility role this season.
"Nothing in this game has come easy for me," Gonzalez said. "To make it to the big leagues last year was difficult, so I always play with everything I have all of the time."
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.