Karim Gonzalez (pictured) is the first player to sign professionally for UMES in seven years

Oct. 24, 2013

CORDOBA, Veracruz – Former University of Maryland Eastern Shore pitcher Karim Gonzalez ('12) has recently signed a contract to play professional baseball for the Cafeteros de Cordoba of the Mexican Winter League. Gonzalez is the first UMES baseball player in nearly seven years to sign a professional contract since Dustin Longchamps (’07) and Eric Gaines (’07) signed with different teams in the independent New York State League in 2007.

The Cafeteros play in the 10-team Mexican Winter League and are located in Veracruz, a border state on the Gulf of Mexico. The team will engage in a 62-game regular season schedule from October to the end of December with playoffs starting in January. Gonzalez will be surrounded by many minor league players, as well as players with professional baseball experience in Mexico and even some with MLB time.

Gonzalez pitched four years for the maroon and gray from 2008-12. He had 75 appearances and 37 starts with 150 strikeouts and six wins. The right-hander pitched in several different roles for the Hawks as a starter, reliever and closer. He was a two-time UMES Male Scholar Athlete of the Year winner (2011, ’12) and was named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team in 2012.

In his last outing with UMES, he pitched a complete-game against Bethune-Cookman with just one earned run and a career-high 11 strikeouts in the MEAC Tournament.

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