Jimmy Gonzales has been working in baseball nearly his entire life. In 2006 after twelve seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Jimmy left to join the Washington Nationals. The Nationals continued to make great strides in 2011 with once again the best draft in Major league baseball and the return of pitching phenom Steven Strausburg. In 2010 the Nationals signed one of the most coveted players in draft history, Bryce Harper. The Nationals 2007 draft was ranked as baseballs best by Baseball America, drafting and signing all of there first twenty draft picks, and first rounder Ross Detwiller reaching the Major Leagues. In 2008 the club opend it's new ballpark in the nations capital. Jimmy who is currently the National/Midwest Supervisor for the Nationals starts his ninetenth year as a full time scout. In that time he has signed over one hundred players to professional contracts with several of them reaching the major leagues. In 1999 Scott Williamson was named the National Leagues Rookie of the Year and Named to the National League All-Star team. Scott was a ninth round selection by Jimmy out of Oklahoma State University. In 2003, Jimmy drafted and signed Ryan Wagner out of the University of Houston, Ryan made the fastest climb to the big leagues in Reds history, spending just 60 days in the minor leagues. Wagner is now a member of the Washington Nationals. Jimmy is also credited as the supervising scout that oversaw the last six first round picks with the Reds and Nationals. In 2003 Ryan Wagner (U.of Houston), 2004 Homer Bailey (La Grange HS, TX), 2005 Jay Bruce (Beaumont Westbrook HS, TX), 2006 Drew Stubbs (U.of Texas), 2007 Ross Detwiller (Missouri St.), 2008 Aaron Crow (U.of Missouri) . Jimmy has also received the Topps Baseball Company scouting award in 1999. The Nationals 2010 and 2011 drafts are considered the best in the industry.
Prior to scouting, Jimmy, managed in the minor leagues for two seasons. His teams won league championships in both seasons and he was also named Manager of the Year in both campaigns. Before that he spent seven seasons as a college coach at Texas-Pan American University and the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. In 1992, the Mary Hardin Baylor team played for the NAIA National Championship. Over thirty of his former players went on to play professionally.
Jimmy is known for his ability to teach. He has worked with numerous professional players over the years. He has been a guest speaker and instructor at many clinics and conventions. Jimmy has also had several instructional articles published in various publications.
A native of San Antonio and graduate of Judson high school, Jimmy has made a comittment to San Antonio baseball. He has started the South Texas Professional Scouts Showcase, Brian Wilson Memorial Golf Tournament, San Antonio High School All Star Game, Nationals Youth Scout League, Winter Youth Hitting Nights, and assists with many local baseball organizations and charities in the area.
Scott Williamson, 1999 National League Rookie of The Year and All-Star
Signed by Jimmy Gonzales in the ninth round of the 1997 draft.
Ryan Wagner 2003 First Round pick out of the University of Houston, signed by Jimmy Gonzales, fastest player to the Major Leagues in Reds history.
Jimmy Gonzales Baseball Academy (112 Commercial Pl.) Schertz, TX 78154