Marcos Mendoza | May 28th, 2019
After a down season in 2018 with the Houston Astros, the Utility man hit the Free Agent market and signed a 2 yr $21 Million deal with the Minnesota Twins. Gonzalez is off to a slow start in 2019 we will take a look at why a breakout is coming for the utility man.
In 2019, Gonzalez is slashing .234/.315/.364 .679 OPS, 5HRs and a .130 ISO. He also has a .289 BABIP, 23.9 K%, 9.9 B%, and an 83 wRC+. Despite his low BA this season, Gonzalez is hitting the ball the hardest in his career. He has a 91.7 Exit Velocity this season and a 48.7% Hard Hit%. In 2017 which was the best offensive season of his career he had an 87.5 EV and 36.3% Hard Hit%. He’s seen 724 pitches this season, has 117 batted balls, 8 barrels, and a 6.8% barrel%.
Gonzalez has made 77% contact with all pitches when swinging which is the second-lowest mark of his career. He has seen the lowest career percentage of pitches in the strike zone coming in at 40.5% and the lowest F-Strike% of his career coming in at 55.3%. Gonzalez hasn’t seen many hittable pitches this year he doesn’t swing at bad ones either. Gonzalez swings at just 28.6% of pitches outside the strike zone and 68.3% of pitches inside the strike zone which are his best percentages of his career.
The offensive numbers don’t look great to start the season for the utility man but a breakout is coming. He’s shown great improvement in plate discipline this season and has excelled at hitting the ball hard. The Twins scorching hot offense is on the rise and Marwin Gonzalez will soon become a huge impact on it. I believe Marwin will regain his 2017 form and succeed his 4.0 WAR season too help led the Minnesota Twins to an American League Central title.
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