Marwin Gonzalez
Marwin Gonzalez
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gonzalez, the former Rule 5 pick, had a breakout year in 2017 for the World Series champs. 2016 was a sign of things to come when the versatile fielder went for double-double homers and steals, but he took his game to another level in 2017, doubling his walk rate (to 9.5 percent) and launching nearly as many homers as he had the previous two seasons combined. That increased walk rate came from more selectivity as Gonzalez improved his chase rate by six full percentage points as he instead went hunting for fastballs to elevate and drive. Although a switch hitter, he does a majority of his damage from the left side as 18 of his 23 homers came off righties. Gonzalez has the rare 1B/2B/SS/OF eligibility for 2018 and should once again have no problem finding playing time in this high-octane offense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $3.725 million contract with a $5.125 million team option in February of 2017.
Fails to receive qualifying offer
SSFree Agent  
November 2, 2018
The Astros did not extend Gonzalez a $17.9 million qualifying offer prior to Friday's deadline, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Gonzalez is officially on the free-agent market after spending the past seven years in the Astros' system. Though he took a step back from his breakout campaign in 2017, the 29-year-old still provided solid value as a Swiss Army knife for Houston this past season, slashing .247/.324/.409 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI while playing every position except pitcher and catcher.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .753 493 45 15 62 7 .259 .312 .442
Since 2016vs Right .786 1092 138 37 147 15 .271 .340 .446
2018vs Left .753 177 12 5 29 1 .273 .316 .436
2018vs Right .722 375 49 11 39 1 .235 .327 .395
2017vs Left .795 134 17 5 16 0 .250 .328 .467
2017vs Right .946 381 50 18 74 8 .322 .394 .552
2016vs Left .724 182 16 5 17 6 .253 .294 .429
2016vs Right .678 336 39 8 34 6 .255 .292 .385
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .755 783 88 28 99 9 .256 .319 .436
Since 2016Away .796 802 95 24 110 13 .278 .343 .453
2018Home .659 260 25 5 24 1 .228 .309 .351
2018Away .797 292 36 11 44 1 .264 .337 .460
2017Home .881 259 35 15 47 4 .282 .339 .543
2017Away .932 256 32 8 43 4 .326 .416 .516
2016Home .721 264 28 8 28 4 .258 .309 .413
2016Away .666 254 27 5 23 8 .250 .277 .389
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Stat Review
How does Marwin Gonzalez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
9.6%
 
K Rate
22.8%
 
BABIP
.301
 
ISO
.162
 
AVG
.247
 
OBP
.324
 
SLG
.409
 
OPS
.733
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gonzalez offered some fantasy viability as a utilityman with eligibility at upwards of five positions, depending on league rules, while offering a double-double (10-plus HR and SB), though that obfuscates the fact that all three of his rate stats dropped and it was actually his worst season since 2013 by OPS. He hit just one more homer than 2015 despite 148 more plate appearances. He was much worse against fastballs and changeups, which drove his rise in strikeouts and drop in power. Gonzalez has seen his strikeout rate rise yearly while his walk rate has held at a weak four-to-five percent. He will also enter 2017 with just first base and third base eligibility, which certainly curbs his draft day value. His utility role, modest power offerings and career 47 percent success rate on the basepaths make it hard to envision a repeat of his 2016. Without middle infield eligibility, he is an AL-only end-gamer at best.
After spending a good chunk of 2014 as the Astros' starting shortstop, Gonzalez filled a super-utility role for the club last season, playing all over the diamond while adding 15 appearances from left field as a bonus to his fantasy owners in deeper leagues. The 26-year-old logged career highs in games played, plate appearances, batting average, home runs and RBI. Gonzalez didn't display much patience at the dish (4.3-percent walk rate) and he struck out at a 20 percent clip, but his .759 OPS far exceeded expectations. The Astros certainly value his versatility, and he should see plenty of action at third base and first base while the team awaits the arrival of prospects A.J. Reed and Colin Moran to take over at the infield corners.
Gonzalez played all over the diamond in 2014, logging starts at every position except pitcher, catcher, and center field for the Astros. Most of them came as the team's primary shortstop, however, as he took over the position upon Jonathan Villar's demotion to Triple-A. Gonzalez delivered a solid, yet unspectacular .277/.327/.400 batting line with six homers and 23 RBI in 285 at-bats (103 games) for the Astros. With the return of Jed Lowrie via free agency, Gonzalez may face an uphill battle to match his 2014 workload, as the front office found a veteran shortstop capable of holding the job until Carlos Correa is ready for the call.
Gonzalez opened the season in a timeshare with veteran shortstop Ronny Cedeno, but a hot-hitting April (.297/.388/.516) earned him enough starts (19) that it looked like he was separating himself from Cedeno as the clear-cut starter. When the calendar flipped to May, Gonzalez disappeared at the plate (.179/.188/.209) and was subsequently demoted to the minors when his struggles continued into June. Gonzalez was recalled later in the season, but he was relegated to a bench role with Jonathan Villar taking over as the Astros' starting shortstop. Should he return to that role, Gonzalez's fantasy upside is limited. That is, of course, assuming he makes the roster out of spring training, which is no guarantee.
In his first taste of big league action, the 23-year-old Gonzalez found his way into 80 games, filling in for an injured Jed Lowrie and spelling Jose Altuve at second. His numbers were far from overwhelming, but it looks like Gonzalez could be a decent role player across the infield, or in a pinch, fill in for longer stretches at short or second. With the burden of being a Rule 5 pick lifted, Gonzalez can start the year in Triple-A if need be. Even if he doesn't break camp with the team, he will likely wind up coming off the bench for the Astros at some point this season.
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Starting at second base in Game 3
SSHouston Astros  
October 16, 2018
Gonzalez (back) is starting at second base and hitting fifth in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Banged up after wall collision
SSHouston Astros  
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October 15, 2018
Gonzalez said he's still nursing a sore neck and back after crashing into the outfield wall in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox, but he hopes to be available Tuesday for Game 3 of the ALCS, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Will sit in nightcap
SSHouston Astros  
September 29, 2018
Gonzalez will be out of the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's twin bill versus Baltimore. He will start at second base and bat cleanup in Game 1, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Delivers winning run
SSHouston Astros  
September 29, 2018
Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's 2-1 win over the Orioles.
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On bench again Thursday
SSHouston Astros  
September 27, 2018
Gonzalez is out of the lineup versus Baltimore on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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