Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Preview: Marwin González

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The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later hosts will be profiling a different Red Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2021 season.

Today's featured player:  Marwin González

Photo courtesy of masslive.com

González is yet another Red Sox player looking to rebound from a disappointing 2020 season, when he slashed .211/.286/.320 with five homers and 22 RBI in 53 games for the Twins.  In his nine year major league career, seven of which spent with the Houston Astros, González has averaged a .261/.317/.413 slash line, with16 HRs, 62 RBI and 62 runs scored in his.


Back of the baseball card:

 

  • Position: Infielder, Outfielder
  • Age: 32
  • Bats: Both / Throws: Right
  • Height: 6-1 / Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Nickname: n/a
  • How acquired: Signed with the Red Sox as a free agent.
  • Contract status: Signed 1 yr/$3 M.


2020 Highlights: 

  • September 11th thru September 13th vs. Cleveland – Went 3 for 9 with two homers and five RBI in the Twins three game sweep of the Tribe.
  • August 12th at Milwaukee – Went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI in a 12-2 win over the Brewers.
  • August 23rd at Kansas City – Went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI in a 5-4 win over the Royals.


Red Sox Podcast to be Named Player Outlook:

Versatilty is the buzz word of the 2020 Red Sox camp.  González is in the mix with fellow newcomer Kiké Hernandez to bounce around to various positions on a nightly basis.  In his career, González has played 292 games at shortstop (though only one game since 2018), 457 in the outfield, 226 at first base, 156 at third base, and 133 at second base. 

As a switch hitter he provides even more options in Manager Alex Cora’s tool kit, enabling the flexibility to spell either the left-handed hitting Franchy Cordeiro or the right-handed hitting Hunter Renfroe in the outfield, or platoon with right-handed hitting Bobby Dalbec at first base.  He may also see some time at DH should J.D. Martinez need a day off.

What the Red Sox need most from González is to return to form at the plate.  He is likely to slot either sixth or seventh in the lineup most nights, behind the thumpers like Martinez and Rafael Devers and ahead of Christian Vazquez, Cordeiro or Dalbec.  Versatility is a nice asset to have for a utility player like Brock Holt, but if the Sox expect González to be more of a super-sub like Ben Zobrist, he will need to significantly improve over the .211 season he had in 2020.


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