Chi Chi Gonzalez
Chi Chi Gonzalez
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Colorado Rockies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gonzalez lost his entire 2017 campaign due to elbow issues that led to Tommy John surgery. Recovery from that surgery cost him most of 2018 as well, as he returned to throw just 10 rehab innings in the low minors late in the year. Signed to a minor-league deal by the Rockies in the offseason, Gonzalez is now three seasons removed from his last big-league pitch and four seasons removed from his last effective showing. Even during that 2015 season in which he recorded a 3.90 ERA in 67 innings for the Rangers, there were red flags, as it included an ugly 30:32 K:BB. The righty's injury struggles and performance cast doubt on the idea that he'll throw a significant number of major-league innings this season, and his difficult new home park makes any innings he does throw less appealing. Gonzalez did have some prospect pedigree, but that was a lifetime ago in the baseball world. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Rockies in December of 2018.
Quality start against Diamondbacks
PColorado Rockies
August 19, 2019
Gonzalez threw six innings in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Monday, giving up two earned runs on three hits over six innings, striking out two and walking one as the Rockies eventually fell 5-3.
ANALYSIS
Making his first start after getting called back up from Triple-A Albuquerque, Gonzalez put in a solid outing in posting his first quality start at the big-league level of 2019. He still sports rough numbers overall, as his ERA is a bloated 5.87 to go along with a 1.57 WHIP and an unimpressive 18:15 K:BB across 30.2 innings on the season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .283 66 8 12 15 5 0 4
Since 2017vs Right .269 72 10 3 18 4 0 3
2019vs Left .283 66 8 12 15 5 0 4
2019vs Right .269 72 10 3 18 4 0 3
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.00 1.67 9.0 0 1 0 6.0 5.0 2.0
Since 2017Away 6.23 1.52 21.2 0 3 0 5.0 4.2 2.1
2019Home 5.00 1.67 9.0 0 1 0 6.0 5.0 2.0
2019Away 6.23 1.52 21.2 0 3 0 5.0 4.2 2.1
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
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Stat Review
How does Chi Chi Gonzalez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. 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, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 70 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in 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.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.20
 
K/9
5.3
 
BB/9
4.4
 
HR/9
2.1
 
Fastball
91.7 mph
 
ERA
5.87
 
WHIP
1.57
 
BABIP
.275
 
GB/FB
2.08
 
Left On Base
73.3%
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2420 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
48.0%
 
Swinging Strike
7.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Re-entering rotation Monday
PColorado Rockies
August 19, 2019
Gonzalez is listed as the Rockies' starting pitcher for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.
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Recalled from minors
PColorado Rockies
August 17, 2019
Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.
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Optioned to minors
PColorado Rockies
August 13, 2019
Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports.
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Escapes with no-decision
PColorado Rockies
August 11, 2019
Gonzalez didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Padres, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings while striking out three.
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Re-entering rotation Saturday
PColorado Rockies
August 10, 2019
Gonzalez is slated to start Saturday's game against the Padres.
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