Nats prospect wins GCL batting title

Infielder goes 2-for-2 Wednesday to finish with .350 average

(Nick Wass/AP)

By Bill Ladson / MLB.com | August 27, 2008 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- Nationals infielder prospect Esmailyn Gonzalez clinched the Gulf Coast League batting title on Wednesday. Gonzalez, 18, went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs against the GCL Marlins to complete his second domestic season with a .350 batting average.

In addition to winning the battle title, Gonzalez finished the regular season with two home runs, 33 RBIs, nine stolen bases and an on-base percentage of .436 in 50 games.

Gonzalez signed with the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2006.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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