Chi Chi Gonzalez
Chi Chi Gonzalez
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Once viewed as a top pitching prospect in the Rangers' farm system, Gonzalez has fallen on hard times since submitting a 3.90 ERA over 67 innings with Texas in 2015. Gonzalez had maneuvered around poor strikeout and walk rates at every stop of his career to that point, but the shaky command caught up with him in 2016, resulting in the right-hander languishing at Triple-A Round Rock for most of that season. He never received the chance to rebound from that setback to his development, as he suffered a partial UCL tear last spring that ultimately required Tommy John surgery in July. With Gonzalez set to spend the entire 2018 campaign rehabbing, the organization elected to remove him from the 40-man roster in December. The Rangers subsequently re-signed him to a minor-league deal in order to monitor his recovery, but it's hard to imagine Gonzalez resurfacing as even a back-end rotation piece for the Rangers or any other big club once he's healthy again in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rangers in December of 2017.
Throws five scoreless Friday
PTexas Rangers  AAA
September 8, 2018
Gonzalez (elbow) allowed four hits and a walk over five scoreless innings for short-season Spokane in Friday's series-clinching win as the Indians advanced to the Northwest League championship series against Eugene.
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Gonzalez, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, has made two starts for Spokane, pitching 10 scoreless innings. Texas' No. 1 draft pick in 2013 has not allowed an earned run in five starts between Spokane and the Arizona Rookie League Rangers.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2016
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .412 40 4 5 14 0 0 0
Since 2016vs Right .389 22 3 4 7 2 0 1
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .412 40 4 5 14 0 0 0
2016vs Right .389 22 3 4 7 2 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2018
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2016
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 7.71 3.00 4.2 0 1 0 9.6 9.6 1.9
Since 2016Away 9.53 2.82 5.2 0 1 0 3.2 6.4 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 7.71 3.00 4.2 0 1 0 9.6 9.6 1.9
2016Away 9.53 2.82 5.2 0 1 0 3.2 6.4 0.0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Just a season removed from making 10 starts in his first taste of the major league level, Gonzalez took a major step backward in 2016. The 2013 first-round draft pick was unable to claim the Rangers final rotation spot out of spring training, and even upon his relegation to Triple-A Round Rock, he struggled significantly to the tune of a 4.70 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. This poor showing limited him to just three starts in the big leagues, where he averaged just over three innings per start while walking more batters than he struck out. Gonzalez was once a prized prospect in the Rangers system, although his window to make good on that promise is closing. The 24-year-old should open 2017 at Triple-A, where he will have to earn to right to be considered should a rotation spot open up in Arlington.
At first glance it looks like a stone-cold fluke that Gonzalez was able to muster a 3.90 ERA and 1.21 WHIP despite more walks than strikeouts. Both his walk and strikeout rate were terrible, however that didn’t stop him from posting passable results in 67 innings. His .206 BABIP was a big reason for that, and while it would never sustain over a full season, he does deserve some credit. His sinker and slider kept hitters off balance and combined for a .146 average — eighth-best among 139 pitchers who threw 300 combined sinkers and sliders. Those pitches were tough to square up, leading to a lot of weak contact (he managed just a 17 percent K rate with them), 114th among those same 139 pitchers. The strikeouts have to improve for fantasy viability, but Gonzalez was a heralded prospect so it is too early to write him off.
Gonzalez is the most advanced starting pitcher in the minors who has yet to reach Triple-A. He does not have the upside of a No. 1 or No. 2 starter, but he could be a very good third starter on a contending team in the near future. His strong four-pitch arsenal sets him apart, highlighted by a low-to-mid 90s fastball and a slider that are already big-league caliber pitches, and a curveball with the potential to be a third plus offering. In his age-22 season, Gonzalez posted a 2.62 ERA in 65.1 innings at High-A Myrtle Beach and a 2.70 ERA in 73.1 innings at Double-A Frisco. Over those two stops, he managed just 113 strikeouts in 138.2 innings, demonstrating his limitations in that department, but preventing runs should not be a problem for the 6-foot-2 righty. Given the Rangers’ lack of quality starting pitching depth, Gonzalez is a good candidate to join the rotation after a couple months at Triple-A Round Rock.
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Starting in short-season playoffs Sunday
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Elbow
September 1, 2018
Gonzalez (elbow) is set to start for short-season Spokane on Sunday, Dave Nichols of the Spokesman-Review reports.
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Resumes game action
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Elbow
August 17, 2018
Gonzalez (elbow) is scheduled to pitch two innings with the AZL Rangers on Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Tosses live BP
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Elbow
August 2, 2018
Gonzalez (elbow) threw live batting practice Thursday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Set for bullpen session
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Elbow
June 30, 2018
Gonzalez (elbow) will throw a 40-pitch bullpen session in Arizona on Sunday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Throwing from 75 feet
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Elbow
February 19, 2018
Gonzalez (elbow) has progressed to throwing long toss from 75 feet, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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