Marwin Gonzalez
Marwin Gonzalez
32-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Boston Red Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Gonzalez appeared in 53 of last season's 60 games as the 10th man who filled in for injured or resting players. He continued to display versatility and effectiveness in the field, but his production at the plate declined with just a .606 OPS. Gonzalez played seven or more games at 1B, 2B, 3B and OF. He had a DRS of 0 to 1 at all the positions and was in the 95th percentile in Outs Above Average, according to Baseball Savant. He suffered a power outage at the plate with a career-low .320 SLG and the worst hard-hit rate (26.1%) since his rookie season. However, many of his peripheral numbers were not as poor as he had similar walk, strikeout and exit velocity rates as prior seasons. He may have been a bit unlucky with career-low .241 BAPIP and low 9.6% HR/FB. Gonzalez may not get as much playing time as in Minnesota, but he could rebound at the plate giving deep-league managers a positional flexibility option. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#497
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Red Sox in February of 2021.
Remains out of lineup
2BBoston Red Sox
May 1, 2021
Gonzalez isn't starting Saturday's game against the Rangers, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Gonzalez will be on the bench for a second straight game after he went 0-for-12 with an RBI, two walks and two strikeouts in his last four contests. Christian Arroyo will start at second base and lead off.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .684 218 25 5 20 0 .263 .298 .385
Since 2019vs Right .688 542 53 16 65 3 .234 .317 .370
2021vs Left .579 27 2 0 2 0 .200 .259 .320
2021vs Right .614 71 9 1 6 2 .207 .338 .276
2020vs Left .519 67 3 0 6 0 .217 .269 .250
2020vs Right .652 132 12 5 16 0 .209 .295 .357
2019vs Left .789 124 20 5 12 0 .300 .323 .467
2019vs Right .715 339 32 10 43 1 .249 .322 .393
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+45%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .694 394 40 14 50 2 .234 .310 .385
Since 2019Away .682 347 36 7 32 1 .254 .314 .368
2021Home .685 62 7 1 7 1 .231 .339 .346
2021Away .471 36 4 0 1 1 .161 .278 .194
2020Home .565 78 5 3 9 0 .176 .256 .309
2020Away .637 102 8 2 10 0 .233 .304 .333
2019Home .734 254 28 10 34 1 .251 .319 .416
2019Away .738 209 24 5 21 0 .278 .325 .412
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.56
 
BB Rate
10.8%
 
K Rate
19.4%
 
BABIP
.233
 
ISO
.090
 
AVG
.192
 
OBP
.312
 
SLG
.282
 
OPS
.594
 
wOBA
.278
 
Exit Velocity
82.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.4%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gonzalez joined the Twins knowing he would not have a set spot in the lineup; he started 108 games as the 10th man who filled in for injured or resting players. He got most of his playing time early in the season at third base when Miguel Sano was hurt and later in left field when Max Kepler was struggling with a sore leg. He played just three games between shortstop and second base which will cause him to lose MI eligibility in most formats. His 2017 season (.904 OPS) looks like a clear outlier as he has since returned to career norms. After missing most of the final month with an oblique injury, Gonzalez was able to return for the playoffs. He had just one steal as Minnesota largely phased out the stolen base from its playbook. He'll return in a utility role again and offers 10-15 HR power, but his lack of middle-infield eligibility and decline in speed drop him out of most mixed-league conversations.
Gonzalez was unable to follow up on his monstrous 2017 season, which was to be expected as the leading indicators foretold a collapse coming as there was a 54-point gap between his actual wOBA and his expected wOBA based on contact in 2017. A late-season surge salvaged Gonzalez's season to finish just above the league average offensively. The power surge in 2017 looks like the outlier against the backdrop of the past five seasons, and was fueled by an abnormally high HR/FB (18.1% vs. a 12.3% career rate). The switch-hitting Gonzalez historically hits for a better average from the right side of the plate, but his overall offensive production is rather split neutral. His average exit velocity year over year was identical, but the regression of the HR/FB ultimately brought him back to Earth. He qualifies at four positions on draft day, which certainly helps his appeal.
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.
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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Out of Friday's lineup
2BBoston Red Sox
April 30, 2021
Gonzalez is out of the lineup Friday against the Rangers, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Settling into everyday role
2BBoston Red Sox
April 29, 2021
Gonzalez will start at second base and bat seventh Thursday against the Rangers, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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Doubles twice in loss
2BBoston Red Sox
April 22, 2021
Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to Toronto.
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Swats first homer
2BBoston Red Sox
April 18, 2021
Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's 7-4 win over the White Sox.
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Productive performance Thursday
2BBoston Red Sox
April 8, 2021
Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a stolen base Thursday against the Orioles.
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