MARWIN Javier GONZALEZ
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   1B-2B-3B-SS-OF
Home: N/A Team:   ASTROS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   S
Weight: 205 Throws:   R
DOB: 3/14/1989 Agent: Relativity Baseball
Uniform #: 9  
Birth City: Puerto Ordaz, Venez.
Draft: 2005 - Cubs - Free agent
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2006 AZL AZL-Cubs   24 86 9 17 4 1 0 11 0 2 8 19 .266 .267 .198
2006 DSL DSL-Cubs   18 68 9 18 3 0 4 10 1 1 0 14 .265 .485 .265
2007 AZL AZL-Cubs   17 59 12 17 3 3 1 10 1 2 9 10 .391 .492 .288
2008 NWL BOISE   65 244 29 68 15 3 0 43 15 7 13 36 .318 .365 .279
2008 MWL PEORIA   33 116 6 26 7 0 0 9 1 1 3 15 .240 .284 .224
2009 FSL DAYTONA   120 424 43 102 15 4 2 34 9 98 26 77 .287 .309 .241
2010 FSL DAYTONA $23.00 85 7 23 3 0 0 5 26 7 1 7 13 .330 .306 .271
2010 SL TENNESSEE   86 305 24 75 11 3 4 41 6 4 17 40 .284 .341 .246
2011 SL TENNESSEE   64 216 29 65 18 1 2 20 4 2 17 27 .359 .421 .301
2011 PCL IOWA   60 197 24 54 12 1 2 19 3 1 16 21 .326 .376 .274
2012 NL ASTROS $480.00 80 205 21 48 13 0 2 12 3 3 13 29 .280 .327 .234
2012 PCL OKLAHOMA CITY   13 39 2 13 4 0 1 10 0 0 3 7 .395 .513 .333
2013 AL ASTROS $494.00 72 204 22 45 8 0 4 14 6 2 9 37 .252 .319 .221
2013 PCL OKLAHOMA CITY   44 172 16 45 10 1 1 15 4 1 8 23 .293 .349 .262
2014 AL ASTROS $505.00 103 285 33 79 15 1 6 23 2 4 17 58 .327 .400 .277
2015 AL ASTROS $1,062.00 120 344 44 96 18 1 12 34 4 5 16 74 .317 .442 .279
2016 AL ASTROS   141 484 55 123 26 3 13 51 12 6 22 118 .293 .401 .254
2017 AL ASTROS $3,725.00 134 455 67 138 34 0 23 90 8 3 49 99 .377 .530 .303
Personal
  • In 2012, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Marwin as the 20th-best prospect in the Astros organization.
  • In April 2012, Marwin spent three days away from the Astros on paternity leave for the birth of his first child, a daughter named Aliana.

  • Astros manager A.J. Hinch views Marwin as a starter, even though he might be the most valuable bench player in baseball. That's because Gonzalez usually found his way into the lineup in 2015, whether it was bringing consistency to first base, adding a righthanded presence to the outfield or filling in elsewhere following an injury. Gonzalez wound up starting 86 games in 2015, seeing time at first base, shortstop, third base, second base and left field and had a career year at the plate in the process.   

    Gonzalez's worth goes beyond his versatility and ability to switch-hit. Because he can do so much, the Astros can carry an extra pitcher, giving Hinch 13 arms at his disposal. They did that for much of the 2015 season.

    "I think he's a valuable player because he can answer a lot of questions," Hinch said. "He plays so many positions that I consider him very much in the everyday player mentality. He just doesn't know where he's going to play or how many days in a row he's going to play. Having that type of weapon for me, it creates a lot of options, and I'm very glad he's able to play all those positions, but he's exceptional at that." (McTaggart - MLB.com - 2/29/16)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • November 2005: At age 16, Gonzalez signed with Cubs' scout Hector Ortega as a free agent, out of Venezuela.
  • December 8, 2011: The Red Sox chose Gonzalez out of the Cubs organization in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Boston then dealt Marwin to the Astros, in a trade for Marco Duarte.

  • January 15, 2016: The Astros and Gonzalez avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2 million.

  • Nov 3, 2017: The Astros picked up Marwin's club option for 2018 which was $5,125 million..
Batting
  • Gonzalez has power to the gaps. He is an impressive switch-hitter.

  • Marwin chokes up on the bat and has good bat control, consistently making contact from both sides of the plate.

  • 2015 season: Gonzalez set career highs in games (120), plate appearances (370), batting average (.279), slugging percentage (.442) and home runs (12).

  • April 24, 2016: Another homer, another solo shot for Marwin Gonzalez. Gonzalez extended his Major League record by hitting his 25th career homer—all of which have been without anybody on base.

    No other hitter in the history of baseball has tallied more than 11 Major League home runs without bringing someone else in with him. Todd Dunwoody, the second-place finisher in this statistic, spent more than 400 of his 986 career plate appearances as a leadoff man, but Gonzalez has started just three games atop the lineup in his career (as of April 25, 2016).

  • Marwin finally hit a home run with a man on base, ending his Major League record streak at 25 solo shots in the Astros' 6-3 win over the Mariners on May 6, 2016!

    Gonzalez cranked a two-run homer just beyond the right-field wall in the second inning, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead.  It was far more than his second home run this season or the 26th of his five-year career. No other hitter in Major League history has tallied more than 11 home runs without bringing someone else in with him.

    "It feels good to get more than one RBI finally," he said. "But the more important thing was it helped us win today." Todd Dunwoody, the second-place finisher in this strange statistic, spent more than 400 of his 986 career plate appearances as a leadoff man, which partially explains his presence, but Gonzalez has rarely started atop the lineup.

    "We didn't know what to do. Do you celebrate, do you not celebrate?" Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We gave him a little bit of the cold shoulder, the silent treatment. Really proud of him; it took a long time. That was a fun moment. I think everybody in the dugout knew what that moment meant, not only for our team but for Marwin to hit a two-run homer."  (Abshire - MLB.com - 5/6/16)

  • May 3, 2017: Gonzalez became the first player in the modern era (since 1901) to homer in four straight starts, each at a different position. Those starts were at second base, third base, left field and first base.

  • As of the start of the 2018 season, Marwin's career Major League stats were: .268 batting average, with 529 hits and 60 home runs with 224 RBI in 1,977 at-bats.

Fielding
  • Gonzalez signed with the Cubs as a shortstop.

  • Marwin is a very capable defender at multiple positions around the infield. He can be a valuable utility man.

    He has played six positions during his career. The only positions he hasn't played are catcher and right field. And, in a pinch, he could probably play there too.

Running
  • Marwin has only marginal base-stealing ability. He steals a handful of bases every year.

  • He is an average runner who is above average once under way.
Career Injury Report
  • June 7-July 15, 2012: Gonzalez was on the D.L. with a bruised right heel.