Oscar Gonzalez Cleveland Guardians

Age: 24 (January 10, 1998) | 6' 2" | 180lbs. | Bats: Right OF-20
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
CLE R 2016 40 145 30 44 8 57 10 2 8 26 4 0 .303 .342 .566 5 37 .444 n/a
CLE A- 2017 55 237 20 67 5 61 16 0 3 34 0 0 .283 .301 .388 2 25 .366 n/a
PHI R 2018 70 251 29 54 24 37 8 2 1 32 2 4 .215 .294 .275 8 13 .247 n/a
CLE A 2018 114 462 52 135 12 107 25 1 13 52 5 6 .292 .310 .435 3 22 .353 n/a
CLE AA 2021 49 188 31 62 11 36 12 0 13 41 1 0 .330 .367 .601 6 18 .353 n/a
CLE AAA 2021 72 290 39 78 11 76 12 1 18 42 0 1 .269 .305 .503 4 25 .306 n/a
CLE AL 2022 32 123 12 35 5 28 12 0 2 14 0 0 .285 .315 .431 4 22 .351 55/21/24 3 3
Career 1yr 32 123 12 35 5 28 12 0 2 14 0 0 .285 .315 .431 4 22 .351 n/a
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Oscar is having a good series in Minneapolis. Here's some insight from the Athletic (subscription, well worth it):

Hitting coach Chris Valaika, to The Athletic recently, on rookie right fielder Oscar Gonzalez: “His at-bats have gotten better the deeper in the game, especially off back-end bullpen guys. You see him grind out those at-bats, take his hits the other way. I’ve been really pleased with where he’s at.”

Lo and behold, Gonzalez delivered twice in the late innings Wednesday to spur the Guardians to a wild 11-10 win. He launched a go-ahead two-run homer to left in the seventh inning off Twins reliever Jharel Cotton, who entered the game with a 1.76 ERA. In the ninth, Gonzalez knotted the score at 10 with a two-run single off Griffin Jax, who must be tired of the Guardians after three consecutive rough outings against them this season.

Gonzalez ultimately grounded into a double play in the 10th inning Tuesday night, but he fouled off six consecutive pitches from Twins closer Jhoan Duran that ranged from 85 to 100 mph before succumbing on the ninth offering of the duel. On May 29, Gonzalez forced Tigers closer Gregory Soto to throw nine pitches, all ranging from 97 to 101 mph, in a ninth-inning encounter. That was his 12th career plate appearance.

It’s difficult to gauge where Gonzalez’s career is headed. He built a reputation in the minors for hitting for power, racking up strikeouts and rarely drawing walks. In the majors, he’s slugged two home runs in 24 games, both in his last 13 plate appearances. Instead, he’s excelled at smacking sharp grounders and line drives through the infield — not what you’d expect for a 6-foot-4, 240-pound kid who led the farm system in homers in 2021.

“He does have bat-to-ball skills, but there was some swing-and-miss, some chase (in the minors),” Valaika said. “Since he’s been up here, I think he’s handled his at-bats exceptionally well. He’s controlled the strike zone. You’ll see some aggressiveness early, but the way he can lock in (during) his at-bats and finish his at-bats has been really impressive.”

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()

Here they are.

It's very surprising if it took pitchers this long to start throwing him sliders off the plate. That's normally the first pitch they throw to a rookie when they get to two strikes.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 17

It wasn't so much the strikeouts as the pitches -- mostly sliders out of the zone and low, some uncomfortably so, or so they seemed to me using MLB's plate box. Oscar had been holding up on those swings, but Colorado found a spot and pathway.

Will be interesting to watch the Dodgers' pitches to Gonzalez this weekend and whether he adjusts. 

I am missing stats for Oscar.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Jun 17

Rotoworld:

06.16: Oscar Gonzalez went 0-for-4 and struck out three times versus the Rockies on Thursday. (Gonzalez picked a disappointing time to cool off, finishing 1-for-12 in the series at Coors Field. His OPS has dropped from .993 on Saturday to .815
now. With Franmil Reyes due back soon, Gonzalez will be looking at a
reduced role unless he turns it around fast.)

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 17

Another player who's stats should come in today.

The Minor League Analyst gives Oscare +++  for power, ++ for batting average.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Oscar Gonzalez (CLE)

Pitcher: Dany Jimenez (OAK)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 0 out, 1-0 count, Runner On 1st

Score:  OAK 2, CLE 1

Double to LF (Ground Ball)
CLE's win probability increased 39% points, to 73%
CLE went on to win the game, 3-2

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 11