Connor Donahue

Rio Gomez, son of ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, talks upbringing, journey to Lowell Spinners

Connor Donahue
June 18, 2018 - 10:27 am

LOWELL -- When relief pitcher Rio Gomez sat down for the Spinners' media day last Wednesday, the 23-year-old seemed calm, cool and collected in front of reporters.

It’s not particularly surprising because when it comes to the press, Gomez should know what to expect. After all, he is the son of ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, who has been with the network since 2003.

“When [my dad] first got the job it was obviously very cool. It was almost like an event,” Gomez explained. “We would all run down to the couch and be like, ‘Hey look my dad’s on TV,’ but after a couple years, you get so used to it so I could be watching ESPN and see him pop up and think ‘Oh, so that's where he is today.’”

Rio Gomez is entering his second season in the Red Sox organization. He was taken in Round 36 of the 2017 MLB draft out of the University of Arizona. Gomez explained that while his father may be an expert when it comes to the major leagues, he's not as well-versed when it comes to the minor leagues. 

“[My dad] does a lot of major league baseball so he doesn’t know a lot about the minor league side,” Gomez explained. “Especially when it came down to the draft and the transition he didn’t really know a whole lot. But what’s nice is that he had so many friends and connections that they were able to lead me down the path.”

Gomez said there were a few former pros that helped him get to where he is today, specifically naming former Red Sox pitcher Alan Embree as a mentor.

“[Embree] was my host dad for summer ball a few years ago in Oregon,” Gomez explained. “He actually came to visit in Lowell last year when I was here. He’s just been really good helping me along the path, especially since he was in this organization. He knows so many people here.”

Gomez had a combined record of 2-2 and an ERA of 3.06 in 16 appearances between the Spinners and Salem Red Sox last year. He’s appeared in one game so far for Lowell this season, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings while fanning three.

If Gomez can keep pitching like that, people might start to forget he’s the son of an ESPN reporter.

“I feel like I’m on my way to getting myself out of that shadow of being Pedro’s kid and just becoming Rio,” Gomez said. “Hopefully within the next few years that becomes more evident.”

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