Adrian Gonzalez, 24, batted .304 (173-for-570) with 38 doubles, 24 home runs, 82 RBI and 83 runs scored in 156 games for San Diego in 2006 and was named the Padres Most Valuable Player. He led the club in several offensive categories including batting average, hits, doubles, home runs and slugging percentage (.500). In four Division Series games against the St. Louis Cardinals, he hit .357 (5-for-14) with three walks and two runs scored.
From May 17-June 9, 2006, Gonzalez hit in a career-high 17 straight games, the longest hit streak for a San Diego player since 1999. He recorded a second 17-game hit streak from July 6-26, becoming the first Padres batter to have two hit streaks of 15 games or more in one season since Tony Gwynn in 1997. Gonzalez was also named the National League Player of the Week for July 17-23, leading the league in batting average (.607), slugging percentage (.964), on-base percentage (.645), hits (17) and total bases (27) during that span.
Originally selected first overall in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft by the Florida Marlins, Gonzalez was just the second first baseman in baseball history taken with the top pick, joining Ron Blomberg who was selected first overall by the New York Yankees in 1967. He was acquired by San Diego from the Texas Rangers on January 4, 2006 and is the seventh No. 1 overall draft pick to appear in a Padres uniform.
Over parts of three Major League seasons with the Rangers (2004-05) and Padres (2006), Gonzalez has batted .285 (217-for-762) with 48 doubles, 31 home runs, 106 RBI and 107 runs scored in 215 career games. A native of San Diego, he attended Eastlake High School in Chula Vista where he was named the CIF and San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year in 2000.