Erik Gonzalez
Erik Gonzalez
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Pittsburgh Pirates
60-Day IL
Injury Collarbone
Est. Return 6/21/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gonzalez was once again limited to a utility role in 2018. He appeared in 81 games for the Indians, slashing .265/.301/.375 with one homer and three stolen bases in 143 plate appearances. He was 20% worse than league average at the dish (80 wRC+) thanks to a 23.8% strikeout rate and 3.5% walk rate. Cleveland shipped the infielder to Pittsburgh in the offseason, putting Gonzalez in a position to compete with Kevin Newman for the starting shortstop role in spring training. He's an above-average defender at shortstop and is just two years removed from posting a 122 wRC+ in 104 games at Triple-A Charlotte. At the very least, his glove and defensive versatility should keep Gonzalez on the roster to begin the season. A 10-homer/10-steal season would be within reach if he is proves to be a better option than Newman, making him worthy of a late-round pick in NL-only leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018. Traded to the Pirates in November of 2018.
Should return this season
2BPittsburgh Pirates
Collarbone
April 20, 2019
Gonzalez (collarbone) may not require surgery and is expected to return at some point this season, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
ANALYSIS
Gonzalez suffered a broken left clavicle after colliding with Starling Marte (abdomen) in Friday's game, with both players ending up on the injured list. The 27-year-old has no official timeline for his return, but his placement on the 60-day IL ensures he will be sidelined for at least two months. Cole Tucker was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis and looks to have first crack at the starting job at shortstop in Gonzalez's absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
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#5
#6
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1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+42%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .601 114 10 2 7 2 .234 .274 .327
Since 2017vs Right .704 203 27 3 22 4 .263 .299 .405
2019vs Left .757 15 0 0 0 1 .357 .400 .357
2019vs Right .532 44 2 0 2 1 .162 .262 .270
2018vs Left .566 60 6 1 4 1 .211 .250 .316
2018vs Right .755 83 11 0 12 2 .304 .337 .418
2017vs Left .596 39 4 1 3 0 .222 .263 .333
2017vs Right .736 76 14 3 8 1 .270 .276 .459
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+34%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .765 157 24 1 17 4 .297 .338 .428
Since 2017Away .573 160 13 4 12 2 .211 .244 .329
2019Home .687 24 1 0 2 1 .211 .318 .368
2019Away .536 35 1 0 0 1 .219 .286 .250
2018Home .808 77 13 0 10 2 .319 .364 .444
2018Away .524 66 4 1 6 1 .203 .227 .297
2017Home .735 56 10 1 5 1 .296 .309 .426
2017Away .648 59 8 3 6 0 .214 .237 .411
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How does Erik 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
0.46
 
BB Rate
10.2%
 
K Rate
22.0%
 
BABIP
.289
 
ISO
.078
 
AVG
.216
 
OBP
.298
 
SLG
.294
 
OPS
.592
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gonzalez is a free-swinging shortstop who had a career-best season while still on the fringes of prospect status. He turned 25 in August after posting a 122 wRC+ with 11 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 104 games at Triple-A Columbus. Gonzalez parlayed this success into a cup of coffee in the big leagues, going 5-for-16 in limited at-bats. You may have heard of the Indians current shortstop, Francisco Lindor, who should be a fixture in the Cleveland middle infield for years to come. That makes Gonzalez more of a utility player heading into the 2017 campaign, though he could also be used as trade bait. He is a plus defender at shortstop, so he will be valuable as a defensive replacement at second base or third base, and would be the obvious replacement if Lindor suffers an injury.
Gonzalez has been pushed rapidly by the Indians despite some pretty ugly numbers in his minor league career, as he's basically served as Francisco Lindor's Organizational Backfill ™. Ramirez started the season at Double-A Akron before getting a taste of the slightly more comfortable bus rides and healthier paychecks at Triple-A Columbus, chasing Lindor's ascension to the big leagues. He can handle shortstop, second and third defensively which gives him a chance to have a brief career as a glove man if he can crack a big league roster down the line. The Indians let utility man Mike Aviles walk away via free agency but Jose Ramirez is around to step into that role, so Gonzalez figures to start the season at Triple-A waiting for a call that may never come.
Following an elite prospect at a premium position, it's easy to be overlooked. Gonzalez replaced Francisco Lindor at Double-A Akron in 2014, more than holding his own over 31 games following the promotion with a .357/.390/.473 line over 129 at-bats. Heralded as a good defender with a projectable body and bat, Gonzalez's future as a member of the Tribe is at a different position. For now, he will continue to play short as a way of maximizing his long-term value to other clubs. Gonzalez's most useful rotisserie asset is speed, as he went 21-for-28 on the basepaths between Carolina (High-A) and Akron last season. At 23, he will likely spend a good share of 2015 back at Akron, but he may end up replacing Lindor as the organization's Triple-A shortstop at some point during the upcoming season.
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Lands on 60-day IL
2BPittsburgh Pirates
Collarbone
April 20, 2019
The Pirates placed Gonzalez on the 60-day injured list Saturday with a left clavicle fracture.
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Could be bound for IL
2BPittsburgh Pirates
Arm
April 20, 2019
Gonzalez was spotted with his arm in a sling following a collision with teammate Starling Marte during Friday's 4-1 win over the Giants, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. The Pirates are likely to place Gonzalez and Marte on the 10-day injured list ahead of Saturday's game, per John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com.
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Exits after frightening collision
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Undisclosed
April 19, 2019
Gonzalez was removed from Friday's game against the Giants after colliding with Starling Marte in the outfield, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Not in lineup
2BPittsburgh Pirates
April 8, 2019
Gonzalez is not starting Monday against the Cubs.
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Heads to bench
2BPittsburgh Pirates
April 4, 2019
Gonzalez is not in the lineup Thursday against the Reds.
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