Pittsburgh Pirates
    Erik González
    Erik González
    #2 | Erik González
    Healthy
    Shortstop | Pittsburgh Pirates
    Bats / Throws Right / Right
    Date of Birth 8/31/1991
    Height, Weight 6'3", 205 lbs
    From Puerto Plata, DOM
    College None
    Drafted 2008
    Salary --
    Nationality Dominican Republic DOM
    2018 Season
    HR
    1
    --
    RBI
    16
    --
    AVG
    .265
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    BIOGRAPHY  
    Bats / Throws Right / Right
    Date of Birth 8/31/1991
    Height, Weight 6'3", 205 lbs
    From Puerto Plata, DOM
    College None
    Drafted 2008
    Salary --
    Nationality Dominican Republic DOM
    RotowireJan 28, 10:51a ET

    News

    Unless the Pirates sign or trade for another player, Gonzalez likely heads into spring training as the team's starting shortstop, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Impact

    Gonzalez slashed a combined .263/.292/.389 with five homers and four stolen bases in 275 plate appearances spread out over the last three seasons. The 27-year-old, who was stuck behind the likes of Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez in Cleveland, could see ample playing time. He'll face competition from Kevin Newman, but it sounds like management is intrigued by his potential. General manager Neal Huntington compared him to a young Freddy Galvis while manager Clint Hurdle said the scouts kept "beating the table" to acquire the infielder. That said, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the organization acquire another competent middle infielder like free agent Jose Iglesias, especially with the somewhat unproven Adam Frazier slated to see full-time duty at second base.