Richard Alejandro Gomez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 190 lb.
Rich Gomez is a former minor league baseball outfielder who played from 1998 to 2005 in the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres organizations, and he played a year independent baseball as well. He is also known as Ricky Gomez.
He began his professional career in 1998 with the GCL Tigers, with whom he hit .333 with six home runs and 20 stolen bases in 47 games. In 1999, he played for the West Michigan Whitecaps and had perhaps the best year of his professional career. He hit .303 with eight home runs, 12 triples, 66 stolen bases, 89 runs and 81 RBI in 130 games. His 66 stolen bases accounted for over 1/3 of his team's total stolen base production (Andres Torres was second on the team with 39 steals).
With the Lakeland Tigers in 2000, Gomez played in 128 games, hitting .277 with eight home runs, 10 triples and 48 stolen bases. He played for the Erie SeaWolves in 2001, hitting .269 with 14 home runs and 26 stolen bases.
On March 24, 2002, Gomez was traded with Javier Cardona to the Padres for Damian Jackson and Matt Walbeck. He played for the Portland Beavers that year, and his stolen base totals dropped once again. That year, he hit only .237 with 11 home runs and 13 stolen bases. In 2003, he played for the Mobile Bay Bears and Portland Beavers, hitting a combined .288 with 29 stolen bases and 15 home runs in 110 games.
He wound up back in the Detroit Tigers organization for the 2004 season, and he split the year between the SeaWolves and Toledo Mud Hens. Combined, he hit .256 with seven home runs and 28 stolen bases.
In 2005, he played for the San Angelo Colts of the Central League, the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am Association and the Coastal Bend Aviators of the Central League. He hit a combined .278 with 11 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 67 games.
Overall, Gomez played eight seasons in minor league baseball, hitting .278 with 80 home runs and 249 stolen bases.