Marwin Gonzalez
Marwin Gonzalez
30-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $21 million contract with the Twins in February of 2019.
Starting in left field
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October 4, 2019
Gonzalez (oblique) will bat seventh and play left field in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday against the Yankees.
ANALYSIS
Gonzalez returns from an oblique strain to start for the first time since Sept. 22. He recorded a .264/.322/.414 slash line in his first season in Minnesota and should fill a regular role in the back half of the lineup during the playoffs.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
5
6
12
44
6
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
2
4
4
11
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .776 435 49 15 57 1 .274 .322 .454
Since 2017vs Right .798 1095 131 39 156 10 .270 .349 .449
2019vs Left .789 124 20 5 12 0 .300 .323 .467
2019vs Right .715 339 32 10 43 1 .249 .322 .393
2018vs Left .753 177 12 5 29 1 .273 .316 .436
2018vs Right .722 375 49 11 39 1 .235 .327 .395
2017vs Left .795 134 17 5 16 0 .250 .328 .467
2017vs Right .946 381 50 18 74 8 .322 .394 .552
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .759 773 88 30 105 6 .254 .322 .437
Since 2017Away .825 757 92 24 108 5 .288 .360 .464
2019Home .734 254 28 10 34 1 .251 .319 .416
2019Away .738 209 24 5 21 0 .278 .325 .412
2018Home .659 260 25 5 24 1 .228 .309 .351
2018Away .797 292 36 11 44 1 .264 .337 .460
2017Home .881 259 35 15 47 4 .282 .339 .543
2017Away .932 256 32 8 43 4 .326 .416 .516
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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
0.32
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
21.2%
 
BABIP
.310
 
ISO
.151
 
AVG
.264
 
OBP
.322
 
SLG
.414
 
OPS
.736
 
wOBA
.324
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.3%
 
Barrels/PA
4.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
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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Ready to go for ALDS
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Oblique
October 4, 2019
Gonzalez (oblique) is on the Twins' ALDS roster.
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Should be ready for ALDS
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Oblique
September 28, 2019
Gonzalez (oblique) won't play Sunday against the Royals but appears on track for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees on Friday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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Still out Saturday
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Oblique
September 28, 2019
Gonzalez (oblique) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals.
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Absent again Friday
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Oblique
September 27, 2019
Gonzalez (oblique) isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Royals.
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Still out Thursday
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Oblique
September 26, 2019
Gonzalez (oblique) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.
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