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Alex Gonzalez SSBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
13 5528 .243 .302 .391 .239 9.6
Birth Date4-8-1973
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1994 TOR 21 15 59 53 7 8 3 1 0 13 4 17 1 0 1 1 3 0 .151 .224 .245 .161 -4.3 2.7 -0.2
1995 TOR 22 111 425 367 51 89 19 4 10 146 44 114 1 4 9 42 4 4 .243 .322 .398 .254 16.0 -14.5 0.1
1996 TOR 23 147 587 527 64 124 30 5 14 206 45 127 5 3 7 64 16 6 .235 .300 .391 .234 4.1 15.5 1.9
1997 TOR 24 126 478 426 46 102 23 2 12 165 34 94 5 2 11 35 15 6 .239 .302 .387 .236 6.2 5.4 1.1
1998 TOR 25 158 618 568 70 136 28 1 13 205 28 121 6 3 13 51 21 6 .239 .281 .361 .228 5.3 -0.7 0.4
1999 TOR 26 38 173 154 22 45 13 0 2 64 16 23 3 0 0 12 4 2 .292 .370 .416 .263 7.5 4.6 1.1
2000 TOR 27 141 591 527 68 133 31 2 15 213 43 113 4 1 16 69 4 4 .252 .313 .404 .243 17.3 -6.3 1.0
2001 TOR 28 154 703 636 79 161 25 5 17 247 43 149 7 10 7 76 18 11 .253 .303 .388 .237 6.7 11.2 1.8
2002 CHN 29 142 568 513 58 127 27 5 18 218 46 136 3 2 4 61 5 3 .248 .312 .425 .253 16.1 -7.2 0.9
2003 CHN 30 152 601 536 71 122 37 0 20 219 47 123 6 4 8 59 3 3 .228 .295 .409 .240 5.9 9.5 1.5
2004 CHN 31 37 135 129 15 28 10 0 3 47 4 26 0 0 2 8 1 1 .217 .241 .364 .201 -2.8 -1.2 -0.4
2004 MON 31 35 144 133 19 32 7 0 4 51 8 32 1 0 2 16 1 1 .241 .289 .383 .243 2.9 -4.2 -0.1
2004 SDN 31 11 25 23 2 4 1 1 0 7 2 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 .174 .240 .304 .184 -1.1 -1.2 -0.2
2005 TBA 32 109 383 349 47 94 20 1 9 143 26 74 3 3 2 38 2 1 .269 .323 .410 .254 9.6 0.7 1.0
2006 PHI 33 20 38 36 4 4 0 0 0 4 2 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 .111 .158 .111 .112 -4.9 -0.0 -0.5
Career139655284977623120927427137194839211654532825369748.243.302.391.23984.514.39.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1992 MYR A 134 581 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 KNX AA 142 610 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TOR MLB 15 59 .161 .281 .343 .447 .270 .222 97 -6.6 1.8 0.8 2.7 0.4 -4.3 -0.2 -4.3 -0.2
1994 SYR AAA 110 497 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 TOR MLB 111 425 .254 .273 .342 .432 .267 .320 98 -2.7 12.7 5.4 -14.5 0.1 16.0 0.1 16.0 0.1
1996 TOR MLB 147 587 .234 .278 .349 .447 .270 .283 98 -17.8 18.1 8.3 15.5 -3.1 4.1 1.9 4.1 1.9
1997 TOR MLB 126 478 .236 .270 .335 .425 .263 .280 95 -12.6 13.2 6.5 5.4 -0.4 6.2 1.1 6.2 1.1
1998 TOR MLB 158 618 .228 .267 .333 .424 .263 .281 94 -21.7 16.8 8.4 -0.7 -1.6 5.3 0.4 5.3 0.4
1999 TOR MLB 38 173 .263 .277 .349 .444 .267 .333 100 0.6 4.8 2.3 4.6 0.3 7.5 1.1 7.5 1.1
2000 TOR MLB 141 591 .243 .270 .341 .435 .261 .295 94 -11.7 16.8 8.6 -6.3 3.1 17.3 1.0 17.3 1.0
2000 SYR AAA 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOR MLB 154 703 .237 .265 .331 .424 .264 .300 98 -17.6 19.2 9.6 11.2 -1.5 6.7 1.8 6.7 1.8
2002 CHN MLB 142 568 .253 .260 .330 .414 .260 .302 100 -4.4 14.5 7.5 -7.2 0.3 16.1 0.9 16.1 0.9
2003 CHN MLB 152 601 .240 .268 .331 .430 .262 .257 103 -12.9 15.8 8.1 9.5 -1.8 5.9 1.5 5.9 1.5
2004 CHN MLB 37 135 .201 .271 .335 .448 .271 .250 96 -8.8 4.0 1.8 -1.2 -0.9 -2.8 -0.4 -2.8 -0.4
2004 MON MLB 35 144 .243 .261 .325 .416 .256 .289 96 -2.7 4.3 1.9 -4.2 0.3 2.9 -0.1 2.9 -0.1
2004 SDN MLB 11 25 .184 .249 .330 .405 .257 .235 95 -2.1 0.7 0.3 -1.2 0.1 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2004 IOW AAA 8 28 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .471 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TBA MLB 109 383 .254 .266 .329 .420 .263 .316 103 -2.5 11.0 1.8 0.7 0.6 9.6 1.0 9.6 1.0
2006 PHI MLB 20 38 .112 .277 .352 .442 .275 .154 99 -6.3 1.1 0 -0.0 0.3 -4.9 -0.5 -4.9 -0.5
2007 COH AAA 5 18 .128 .277 .344 .388 .264 .231 97 -2.7 0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.2 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1992 MYR A 581 83 145 22 9 10 62 38 119 26 14 .271 .321 .402 .131 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 KNX AA 610 93 162 29 7 16 69 39 110 38 13 .289 .342 .451 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 SYR AAA 497 69 124 22 4 12 57 53 92 23 6 .284 .360 .435 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TOR MLB 59 7 8 3 1 0 1 4 17 3 0 .151 .224 .245 .094 .161 -4.3 2.7 -0.2
1995 TOR MLB 425 51 89 19 4 10 42 44 114 4 4 .243 .322 .398 .155 .254 16.0 -14.5 0.1
1996 TOR MLB 587 64 124 30 5 14 64 45 127 16 6 .235 .300 .391 .156 .234 4.1 15.5 1.9
1997 TOR MLB 478 46 102 23 2 12 35 34 94 15 6 .239 .302 .387 .148 .236 6.2 5.4 1.1
1998 TOR MLB 618 70 136 28 1 13 51 28 121 21 6 .239 .281 .361 .121 .228 5.3 -0.7 0.4
1999 TOR MLB 173 22 45 13 0 2 12 16 23 4 2 .292 .370 .416 .123 .263 7.5 4.6 1.1
2000 TOR MLB 591 68 133 31 2 15 69 43 113 4 4 .252 .313 .404 .152 .243 17.3 -6.3 1.0
2000 SYR AAA 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOR MLB 703 79 161 25 5 17 76 43 149 18 11 .253 .303 .388 .135 .237 6.7 11.2 1.8
2002 CHN MLB 568 58 127 27 5 18 61 46 136 5 3 .248 .312 .425 .177 .253 16.1 -7.2 0.9
2003 CHN MLB 601 71 122 37 0 20 59 47 123 3 3 .228 .295 .409 .181 .240 5.9 9.5 1.5
2004 IOW AAA 28 7 8 3 0 0 0 4 7 1 0 .333 .429 .458 .125 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SDN MLB 25 2 4 1 1 0 3 2 6 0 0 .174 .240 .304 .130 .184 -1.1 -1.2 -0.2
2004 MON MLB 144 19 32 7 0 4 16 8 32 1 1 .241 .289 .383 .143 .243 2.9 -4.2 -0.1
2004 CHN MLB 135 15 28 10 0 3 8 4 26 1 1 .217 .241 .364 .147 .201 -2.8 -1.2 -0.4
2005 TBA MLB 383 47 94 20 1 9 38 26 74 2 1 .269 .323 .410 .140 .254 9.6 0.7 1.0
2006 PHI MLB 38 4 4 0 0 0 1 2 10 0 0 .111 .158 .111 .000 .112 -4.9 -0.0 -0.5
2007 COH AAA 18 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .167 .167 .222 .056 .128 -1.6 -0.1 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2005-06-26 2005-07-16 15-DL 20 16 - Neck Strain - -
2004-05-06 2004-07-19 15-DL 74 64 Right Wrist Fracture Ulnar Styloid Process From Batted Ball - -
2002-05-10 2002-05-24 15-DL 14 12 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2000-07-07 2000-07-22 15-DL 15 12 Right Groin Strain - -
1999-05-17 1999-10-04 60-DL 140 123 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 1999-06-18 -
1997-08-14 1997-09-14 15-DL 31 30 Right Fingers Fracture Index Finger - -
1994-04-25 1994-05-27 15-DL 32 27 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2006 PHI $750,000
2005 TBA $1,750,000
2004 CHN $5,750,000
2003 CHN $5,750,000
2002 CHN $4,250,000
2001 TOR $4,250,000
2000 TOR $3,025,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$25,525,000
7 yrTotal$25,525,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 55 dJim Bronner

Details
  • signed as a free agent from PHI 1/07 (minor-league contract)
  • retired 5/06 signed as a free agent from TB 2/06, 1 year/$0.75M (06)+$1M bonuses (130 games started & 500 plate appearances)
  • signed as a free agent from SD 1/05, 1 year/$1.75M (05)+$0.25M bonuses
  • acquired in trade from MON 9/04 acquired in trade from CHC 7/04 acquired in trade from TOR 12/01
  • 4 year/$20M (01-04) $5M signing bonus, 01:$3M+$2M b, 02:$3M+$1M b, 03:$4.5M+$1M b, 04:$4.5M+$1M b

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2007 Retired after starting the season 4 for 36.
2005 Another low-cost pickup made with two weeks left in the season, to fill in for the injured Khalil Greene. Gonzalez ended 2004 the way he'd played it all year: horribly. Once a highly-touted prospect with a tantalizing blend of power and speed, he now blends deplorable on-base skills with a whifftastic swing that could cool off Death Valley in July.
2003 The Alex Gonzalez Sweepstakes are still waiting for their first winner not named Alex Gonzalez. Gord Ash played, paid, and lost, and the Cubs found out why. Gonzalez is thoroughly adequate, but he always gives you little hints of hope and mystery. This year, he plugged five home runs in the final month, and some people think that means heís going to finally break out. Donít hold your breath; like the Cubs, at the end of the day, you need to realize that if you have Gonzalez, you settled.
2002 Despite our using career curves to project offensive performance, nobody conforms precisely to the norm, and some players arenít even close. Gonzalez was in the big leagues to stay in 1995 at age 22 and survived, but he has flat-lined ever since then. Ricciardi's first move was to trade Gonzalez and the last three years on his contract to the Cubs. Rotoheads: playing in the NL Central should help Gonzalez post his best counting stats ever.
2001 While it's possible that Alex Gonzalez is going to take a significant step forward, he now has 2,600-odd major-league at-bats and a 691 career OPS. Even a "significant step forward" isn't going to do more than make him an average player. The four-year, $24-million deal he signed with the Jays overpays him by half.
2000 Gonzalez gave the True Believers a month of excitement, hitting well in April with his usual great defense and a big uptick in walk rate. Pain in his right shoulder shut him down May 14, and the surgery he underwent a month later ended his season. He should be healthy and back at shortstop this spring. Thereís considerable speculation that heíll be with another team, possibly the Braves. That projection is very pessimistic.
1998 No longer expected to be part of the Rodriguez/Jeter group, Gonzalez is struggling to even be a league average shortstop. His secondary skills have been OK, just not enough to support a .230s BA. Despite three years as a regular, heís still just 25, so itís silly to give up on him. The defense has been very good as well. Vlad is low: look for a breakout year.
1997 After showing he could hit well enough to stick in í95, the big question going into this season was how well heíd field. By seasonís end, this was no longer a question: Gonzalez has been universally praised for his improved positioning, and he led all AL shortstops in deuces turned. Thereís been occasional speculation that he should be moved to third, which would not help either Gonzalez or the Blue Jays.
1996  Hit major league pitching quite well last year, but was benched because Cito didn't like his defense. Certainly Gonzalez has a strong arm and was considered a good defensive shortstop in the minor leagues, but his defensive stats are atrocious. The Jays tried him at third a little bit towards the end of the year, but now that Ed Sprague is signed to a long term contract, Gonzalez may have to play SS effectively to ever be a major league player for the Blue Jays. Considered to be a hard worker, he has worked on all aspects of his game. When he first broke into pro ball, he couldn't hit. He's worked on that. He's added walks to his arsenal in 1994. I am impressed that he has done the things that he needs to do to become a good major league player. His next challenge will be to work on his range at shortstop. His offense is coming along fine, but whether he can field well enough to remain at shortstop is the key. He's not Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter, but he should develop into a damn fine shortstop.

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  Title Author Date
Prospectus Hit List: Week of May 21Jay Jaffe2006-05-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 19-21Christina Kahrl2006-05-22
This article requires BP Premium accessCrooked Numbers: What Were They Thinking?James Click2005-11-17
2005 HACKING MASS Results: Cristian Guzman's Monkey Death CarBen Murphy2005-11-14
Prospectus Notebook: Cubs, MetsBaseball Prospectus2005-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: September 16-19Christina Kahrl2004-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Friday LightWill Carroll2004-09-17
Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Seattle MarinersBaseball Prospectus2004-08-12
Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit TigersBaseball Prospectus2003-10-28
Prospectus Today: Simply AmazingJoe Sheehan2003-10-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: All the Right MovesJoe Sheehan2003-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Both Barrels BlazingJoe Sheehan2003-10-09
Lies, Damned Lies: Working LateNate Silver2003-10-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: LapsesJoe Sheehan2003-10-08
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Chicago Cubs vs. Florida MarlinsChristina Kahrl2003-10-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Bury the CorpseJoe Sheehan2003-10-01
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago CubsNate Silver2003-09-30
Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego PadresBaseball Prospectus2003-09-23
This article requires BP Premium access6-4-3: Alex In WonderlandGary Huckabay2003-08-01
Box Lunch: The Week in Box Scores, April 7-13Keith Scherer2003-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: NL Central PreviewJoe Sheehan2003-03-30
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Roto MadnessJoe Sheehan2003-03-07
Team Health Reports: Chicago CubsWill Carroll2003-02-26
Team Health Reports: Chicago CubsWill Carroll2003-02-25


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