SI: Nationals Prospect Faked His Age AND Name

Back in 2006, the Washington Nationals believed they completed a major coup by signing Esmailyn Gonzalez out of the Dominican Republic. At the time, the Nats gave the then 17-year-old a $1.4 million signing bonus, the largest in team history.

Esmailyn Gonzalez

However, things haven’t worked out so smoothly for Gonzalez. His first pro season in the Gulf Coast Rookie League wasn’t too impressive, only hitting .245 with 11 RBIs. Then Esmailyn had to deal with visa problems last season that delayed his arrival to spring training.

Could be that Esmailyn isn’t the player the Nats thought he was. Now it turns out that it’s more truthful than the team thinks.

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