Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez
34-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While 2018 was a bit of a rebound for Gonzalez, a .676 OPS away from Coors over the last three seasons bodes poorly for the 33-year-old free agent outfielder. Perhaps he can be useful as a designated hitter in another favorable hitting venue, but issues against lefties as well as injury concerns work against him at a time when American League clubs are recognizing the utility of using versatile players at DH. Gonzalez's plate skills remain stable and he still carries an above-average hard-hit rate, so his average against right-handed pitchers is still fantasy friendly. However, he no longer runs and his power has been well below average the past two years, even with a Coors boost. His days of mixed-league relevance are fading fast if they aren't already in the rearview mirror. His single-league value will depend on his new home and expected role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Cubs in May of 2019. Released by the Cubs in July of 2019.
Elects free agency
OFFree Agent  
July 3, 2019
Gonzalez cleared waivers and elected free agency Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Gonzalez has now failed to stick with two teams this season, hitting a combined .200/.289/.283 in 45 games with the Cubs and Indians. There's no real reason to believe he'll be significantly better if he's able to find a job with another team.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .607 323 31 6 27 1 .220 .263 .344
Since 2017vs Right .806 881 133 27 104 7 .276 .352 .454
2019vs Left .339 40 8 0 0 0 .114 .225 .114
2019vs Right .646 126 13 3 10 0 .227 .310 .336
2018vs Left .719 146 12 4 17 1 .259 .295 .424
2018vs Right .828 358 59 12 47 4 .284 .344 .485
2017vs Left .561 137 11 2 10 0 .206 .241 .321
2017vs Right .836 397 61 12 47 3 .283 .373 .463
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OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .872 608 96 19 83 3 .300 .370 .502
Since 2017Away .630 596 68 14 48 5 .220 .285 .345
2019Home .554 101 11 1 6 0 .200 .307 .247
2019Away .595 65 10 2 4 0 .200 .262 .333
2018Home .941 239 40 10 35 2 .315 .360 .581
2018Away .663 265 31 6 29 3 .241 .302 .361
2017Home .923 268 45 8 42 1 .323 .403 .520
2017Away .606 266 27 6 15 2 .203 .274 .332
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Stat Review
How does Carlos 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
While Gonzalez managed to stay mostly healthy for a third straight season, his production fell off a cliff in his age-31 campaign. Gonzalez managed just 48 total extra-base hits in 534 plate appearances, with a 203/.274/.332 line, six homers and a mere 15 RBI in 66 games away from Coors Field. He hit .206/.241/.321 against left-handed pitching, leading to a 26-point drop in overall wRC+ from the previous season. Gonzalez walked at a career-high rate and did damage against right-handed pitching, but he will have a tough time returning to 30-homer levels even after re-signing with Colorado. Gonzalez figures to sit more against lefties and he hasn't run in years. Don't pay for the past.
It wasn't a mirror image by any means, but Gonzalez posted fairly similar numbers in 2016 to those he put up in his bounce-back 2015 campaign. In the past two seasons, he managed to score the exact same number of runs (87), while also maintaining nearly indistinguishable walk and strikeout rates (even if they were still somewhat unimpressive). Although his decrease in home runs is somewhat troubling (he hit 15 fewer in 2016), the All-Star still hit 42 doubles, drove in 100 runs and notched a 27-point jump in his batting average. Better yet: CarGo managed to stay healthy nearly the entire season outside of a couple of minor wrist and ankle issues. The 31-year-old still adheres to the Coors Field effect (.966 home OPS, .744 road OPS) and his speed isn't what it once was, but there's no denying that he is still a solid contributor when healthy. As long as he continues to play half his games in Denver, Gonzalez should continue to be a reliable OF2.
Gonzalez stayed healthy for the first time in years and set a career high with 153 games played. Just as importantly, he looked healthy when he was on the field, as Gonzalez set a career high with 40 home runs and returned to form after hitting a brutal .238/.292/.431 in 2014. Gonzalez's .540 slugging percentage in 2015 was his best since 2010. It seems like Gonzalez has lost a step, however, as he has just five stolen bases in the past two seasons and hasn't had the ability to run out infield hits like he had in the past. He hit just .271 in 2015, his second-worst mark in his Rockies career, and he hit just .243/.294/.464 on the road. He can still mash deep into the Colorado night, though, as he slugged .617 and homered 24 times at Coors Field. Expect him to do most of his damage there again in 2016.
Gonzalez carried plenty of risk heading into last season, as he was limited to 110 games in 2013 and chose to bypass surgery on a sprained finger that had bothered him throughout the second half. Still, the elite-level production Gonzalez showed when healthy prompted many to bet on the outfielder’s upside, but that gamble never came close to paying off. Gonzalez hit a paltry .258/.311/.458 over the first two months before developing a small tumor in his left index finger in June that resulted in a DL stint. He was never the same after returning in July, batting .188 with a 36.2% strikeout rate over his 69 plate appearances, with his season ultimately ending in August when knee surgery was deemed necessary. While Gonzalez expects to be ready for spring training, his days as an annual 20-steal threat look to be over, and his struggles prior to suffering the finger injury cast doubt on his ability to reemerge as a top-flight hitter as well. The Rockies could explore trading the 29-year-old before his health or skill set deteriorates any further.
Gonzalez was enjoying his best statistical season since his breakout 2010 campaign until a sprained finger cost him a large chunk of time toward the end of the season, marring his final counting numbers. Although Gonzalez’s strikeout rate spiked nearly eight points to 27.1 percent, the more aggressive overall approach helped him successfully reverse the declining power trend he had shown the previous two seasons. It remains to be seen if those power-hitting skills can be maintained after Gonzalez chose to forego surgery on the injured digit in the offseason, but the outfielder’s batting average and steals numbers have otherwise held steady as he’s dealt with an assortment of injuries the last few seasons. Now 28 years old, Gonzalez remains in the prime of his career and could very well submit an MVP-caliber campaign, but injury issues may forever loom as a potential stumbling block. In fact, his injury risk could increase in 2014 with an impending move to center field, likely exposing him to more diving and running defensively. Still, his five-category potential over a full season of health is too enticing to ignore. Gonzalez may be slowed early in spring training after having an appendectomy in mid-January, but he should have enough time to recover and be ready for Opening Day.
If there was any Rockies player who was most hurt by Troy Tulowitzki's 115-game absence last season, it was Gonzalez. After earning an All-Star bid with a .330 average and 17 home runs in the first half, Gonzalez was without Tulowitzki's protection in the lineup for the entire second half, batting .262 with five home runs before being shelved with an injury of his own over the last 10 games. With his co-star back in the fold, Gonzalez could be primed for a return to his superb 2010 numbers, albeit with potentially better plate discipline after he improved his walk rate for the second consecutive season. A huge disparity in home and road splits raises some concern, but it is much less of a problem when Gonzalez produces a 1.072 OPS, as he has averaged over the last three years at Coors Field. Factoring in his ample speed and relative youth, Gonzalez appears a good bet to exceed last season's numbers if health prevails.
Wrist trouble limited Gonzalez to 127 games last season and resulted in diminished counting stats. Fortunately, he had a full offseason to recover and is expected to be 100 percent for the start of spring training. While most owners will focus on the lost homers and steals, consider that Gonzalez actually showed improved plate discipline last season and improved his walk rate from 6.3 to 8.9 percent while making contact more frequently. Just 26, Gonzalez is entering his prime and should be able to make a run at the 30-30 club this season, even if it's unlikely that he will ever hit .336 in a season again as he did in 2010. Further, he continues to benefit from Coors Field, where he now has a career .329/.381/.609 line and 52 of his 77 career homers.
At 24 years old, CarGo had a 2010 season that most major leaguers dream about. He hit 34 homers with 117 RBI, scored 111 runs, stole 26 bases and had a batting line of .336/.376/.598. His 135 strikeouts are concerning, but his strikeout rate (23.0 percent) has been on the decline for two seasons now. It's highly likely that his batting line takes a dip as his 2010 batting average was partially fueled by a .384 BABIP, which is simply unsustainable. Still, his unique blend of power and speed should make him a hot commodity in any fantasy league.
If you target just one Rockie in this year's draft, Gonzalez is your man. He's versatile, durable, consistent and he's got plenty of power and speed to keep fantasy owners as pleased as punch. Gonzalez left Triple-A Colorado Springs hitting .339/.418/.630, with six stolen bases and 10 home runs in 48 games. He was the Rockies' hottest hitter in the playoffs, and he won't have to fight for playing time in 2010. He's not huge, but a 30/20 season isn't an unrealistic expectation.
The A's sent Gonzalez down in August after continued struggles in an attempt to rebuild his confidence, and his disappointing season (.242/.273/.361, 13:81 BB:K in 302 at-bats) made him expendable to the point where he was included in the trade that brought Matt Holliday to Oakland. There's some nice immediate upside going from Oakland to Colorado, though it's not clear if the Rockies will stomach both Dexter Fowler and Gonzalez growing up and struggling at times in the same outfield.
Gonzalez could contend for a starting job with Oakland this summer after coming over to the A's in the Dan Haren deal. A strong showing at Double-A Mobile pushed Gonzalez up to Triple-A Tucson in August, where he continued to drive in runs during his 10-game trial there. At the plate, he could stand to cut back on his strikeouts (36:109 BB:K ratio in 500 at-bats), but considering that he was still just 21 at season's end it shouldn't be much of a concern. Gonzalez is one of the premier hitting outfield prospects in the game and should be on your radar.
Gonzalez is getting by entirely on his tools, which are major-league caliber. He'll need to develop his skills and become better at applying his physical talents if he's to succeed at the upper levels. A full season at Double-A will tell us a lot. Excellent reserve pick.
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Designated for assigment
OFChicago Cubs  
June 29, 2019
Gonzalez was designated for assignment Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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On bench again
OFChicago Cubs  
June 22, 2019
Gonzalez is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.
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Sitting Friday
OFChicago Cubs  
June 21, 2019
Gonzalez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets.
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Retreats to bench
OFChicago Cubs  
June 19, 2019
Gonzalez is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.
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Sitting against lefty
OFChicago Cubs  
June 16, 2019
Gonzalez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
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