Erik Gonzalez
Erik Gonzalez
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Pittsburgh Pirates
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Erik Gonzalez in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, $725,000 contract with the Pirates in December of 2019.
Riding pine Thursday
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 24, 2020
Gonzalez is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.
ANALYSIS
His bat has cooled off, as Gonzalez is hitting .137 with zero home runs and two steals over his last 15 games. JT Riddle will start at shortstop and bat eighth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
15
3
3
2
10
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
1
2
1
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+63%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .725 158 16 3 13 3 .280 .312 .413
Since 2018vs Right .612 322 30 2 29 6 .239 .279 .333
2020vs Left .918 48 5 2 8 0 .311 .340 .578
2020vs Right .563 133 9 1 12 2 .218 .248 .315
2019vs Left .735 50 5 0 1 2 .333 .360 .375
2019vs Right .559 106 10 1 5 2 .213 .272 .287
2018vs Left .566 60 6 1 4 1 .211 .250 .316
2018vs Right .755 83 11 0 12 2 .304 .337 .418
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+42%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .700 260 29 2 30 3 .280 .315 .385
Since 2018Away .592 220 17 3 12 6 .221 .260 .332
2020Home .602 102 6 1 14 0 .242 .265 .337
2020Away .728 79 8 2 6 2 .243 .282 .446
2019Home .722 81 10 1 6 1 .292 .333 .389
2019Away .510 75 5 0 0 3 .214 .267 .243
2018Home .808 77 13 0 10 2 .319 .364 .444
2018Away .524 66 4 1 6 1 .203 .227 .297
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Stat Review
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.

* 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
0.16
 
BB Rate
4.1%
 
K Rate
26.4%
 
BABIP
.292
 
ISO
.133
 
AVG
.227
 
OBP
.255
 
SLG
.359
 
OPS
.614
 
wOBA
.285
 
Exit Velocity
82.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.1%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Part of Monday's starting lineup
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 21, 2020
Gonzalez will bat third and play shortstop Monday against the Cubs.
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Sits for afternoon game
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September 18, 2020
Gonzalez will be on the bench for the first of Friday's two games against the Cardinals.
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Returns against Reds
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 14, 2020
Gonzalez will bat leadoff and play shortstop in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against Cincinnati.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
SSPittsburgh Pirates
September 13, 2020
Gonzalez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.
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Pair of hits, drives in winning run
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September 6, 2020
Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a single, double and walkoff sacrifice fly in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Reds.
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