Marwin Gonzalez
Marwin Gonzalez
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Houston Astros
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.
Clubs two-run homer
SSHouston Astros
September 19, 2018
Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Tuesday.
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Gonzalez capped off a four-run inning with a two-run homer -- his 16th of the year -- off Mike Leake in the third inning. Gonzalez has recorded a hit in five consecutive games and is now slashing .249/.323/.419 with 24 doubles, 66 RBI and 56 runs on the year. Last year the 29-year-old hit .303 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI in 134 games, and through 137 games this season he's had a slightly down campaign.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .738 483 42 15 59 7 .253 .304 .434
Since 2016vs Right .793 1062 134 36 145 15 .275 .342 .451
2018vs Left .707 167 9 5 26 1 .255 .293 .414
2018vs Right .738 345 45 10 37 1 .242 .332 .406
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
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .743 759 82 27 95 9 .253 .313 .430
Since 2016Away .806 786 94 24 109 13 .281 .346 .460
2018Home .614 236 19 4 20 1 .215 .289 .325
2018Away .825 276 35 11 43 1 .272 .345 .480
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
0.39
 
BB Rate
9.2%
 
K Rate
23.5%
 
BABIP
.305
 
ISO
.169
 
AVG
.249
 
OBP
.323
 
SLG
.419
 
OPS
.742
 
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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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On bench Sunday
SSHouston Astros
September 16, 2018
Gonzalez is not in the lineup Sunday against Arizona.
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Knocks in run vs. Detroit
SSHouston Astros
September 10, 2018
Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Tigers.
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Blasts solo home run
SSHouston Astros
September 9, 2018
Gonzalez (oblique) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Red Sox.
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Back in starting nine Sunday
SSHouston Astros
September 9, 2018
Gonzalez (oblique) is starting in left field and batting sixth Sunday against the Red Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Appears as pinch runner
SSHouston Astros
Oblique
September 8, 2018
Gonzalez (oblique) entered Saturday's game as a pinch runner and took over as designated hitter in a win over Boston.
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