Oscar Gonzalez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 240 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 1/10/1998 (25)
Oscar Gonzalez Season Stats
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Oscar Gonzalez News
The New York Yankees claimed outfielder Oscar Gonzalez off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians on Friday. In 173 at-bats for Cleveland in 2023, Gonzalez slashed .214/.239/.312 with only two home runs and 12 RBI in just 54 games played in his second big-league season. For his career, the 25-year-old Dominican right-handed hitter has batted .269 (144-for-535) with 13 home runs, 34 doubles, two triples, 55 RBI and 54 runs scored in 145 games for the Guardians. The Yankees will be hoping that he can replicate some of the magic he had in his rookie season in 2022. Depending on what the Yankees do in free agency, Gonzalez could have a shot at winning at least a platoon role in the outfield in the Bronx if he has an impressive spring training.
The Cleveland Guardians sent down outfielder Oscar Gonzalez to the minor leagues on Saturday. After playing the role of postseason hero on multiple occasions in 2022, the 25-year-old has failed to recapture the magic which helped making him an exciting late-round fantasy draft pick in 2023. Gonzalez has a weak .192/.213/.288 slash line in 75 plate appearances in the majors this season. The right fielder possesses the potential to contribute in both the power and speed departments, but he will have to work his way back up the ladder for now, rendering him a drop in most mixed fantasy leagues if he wasn't already.
Cleveland Guardians outfielder Oscar Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup on Monday against the New York Yankees. Gonzalez has only been in the lineup against one right-handed pitcher (Seattle's Logan Gilbert twice), and he's gone 5-for-31 (.161) with a triple, no homers, no RBI and three runs scored in his first eight games of the season for Cleveland. For now, the 25-year-old is on the short side of a platoon in right field for the Guardians with Will Brennan. Brennan is making another start in right field on Monday and is hitting seventh in the batting order against Yankees right-hander Domingo German. The 25-year-old has been a little bit better than Gonzalez, going 4-for-16 (.250) with a double, four RBI and three runs in his eight games played.
Cleveland Guardians outfielder Oscar Gonzalez made his major-league debut this year on May 26, and over 91 games, he put up impressive numbers. He hit .296, went deep 11 times, and stole one base while recording 39 runs and 43 RBI. Gonzalez only struck out 19.6% of the time, even with a 37th-percentile whiff rate and 1st-percentile chase rate. That's mainly due to the rookie's extreme swing rates (59.3% swing percentage, 43.8% first-pitch swing rate), which, considering his 3.7% minor league walk rate, is a tendency he's had his whole professional career. Pitchers will exploit Gonzalez when they catch on. A higher average is attainable moving forward, but his 42nd-percentile average exit velocity and .345 BABIP from 2022 means fantasy managers shouldn't bank on him repeating a .296 mark. Despite Gonzalez's almost 20 home run pace, he posted a 13.4% HR/FB without a solid barrel rate (7.3%), as he pulled an unsustainable 30.5% of fly balls, explaining his 16 expected bombs. Additionally, the 24-year-old will find it difficult to be a serious home run contributor while running a high ground ball rate as he consistently did in the minors and his first year in the bigs (49.8%). Even Gonzalez's six home runs in the final 34 games of the season weren't met with many contacts or fly ball improvements. His sprint speed might look nice (88th percentile), but he's never been much of a base runner, stealing just 18 bags in 572 career minor-league games. Gonzalez will likely hit in the bottom part of the lineup and one that is weak behind him. Drafters are taking the Dominican around pick 177, but there's a crop of outfielders who can offer similar value with more of a guarantee around him.