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Gio Gonzalez
Birthdate: 9/19/1985 (31 y, 6 m, 10 d)     Bats/Throws: R/L     Height/Weight: 5-11/185     Position: P
Drafted: 2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 8, Overall: 38, Team: Chicago White Sox
Contract: $42M / 5 Years (2012 - 2016) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Gonzalez gave up five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. (3/27/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Gonzalez has been in a slow and steady decline since his spectacular 2012 season. The gap between his fastball and changeup velocities has steadily narrowed, from 10 mph in 2014, 8 mph in 2015, and now only 7 mph in 2016. Towards the later part of the season it was even nearing 6 mph. The vertical and horizontal movements are converging as well. These factors are turning his changeup into something more akin to a slow fastball. Isolated power against both his fastball and changeup are the highest they have been since 2009—he became a full time starter in 2010. Gonzalez’s HR/FB and ERA have each reached full season highs as well. SwStrk% (9%) and K% (22%) are still viable, though, so he should be able to wrack up a good number of strikeouts along the way. Unfortunately, his hard hit rate has been steadily increasing although his exit velocity only saw a modest increase between 2015 and 2016, and remains roughly league average. (Andrew Perpetua)

The Quick Opinion: Losing separation between his fastball and change-up is a bit scary, although it could be corrected through mechanical adjustments. His strikeout totals are enough to make him a viable back end starter, but the overall downward trend is worrying.

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DateTeamOppGSFA-XFT-XFC-XFS-XFO-XSI-XSL-XCU-XKC-XEP-XCH-XSC-XKN-X
Total- - -- - -327.010.7     -5.1  9.3  
DateTeamOppGSFA-XFT-XFC-XFS-XFO-XSI-XSL-XCU-XKC-XEP-XCH-XSC-XKN-X
2012-09-27WSN@PHI16.79.5     -6.5  9.1  
2012-09-22WSNMIL17.711.4     -4.4  10.1  
2012-09-16WSN@ATL16.79.9     -5.3  8.9  
2012-09-10WSN@NYM16.811.8     -6.7  9.4  
2012-09-05WSNCHC16.610.2     -5.1  9.4  
2012-08-31WSNSTL16.710.3     -5.0  9.3  
2012-08-25WSN@PHI16.39.7     -5.8  8.7  
2012-08-19WSNNYM16.610.1     -4.1  8.8  
2012-08-13WSN@SFG17.010.8     -5.4  9.6  
2012-08-08WSN@HOU18.313.5     -1.9  12.3  
2012-08-03WSNMIA16.29.7     -5.5  8.4  
2012-07-29WSN@MIL17.610.5     -5.0  9.0  
2012-07-24WSN@NYM16.710.8     -5.2  9.1  
2012-07-19WSNNYM17.710.6     -3.2  8.7  
2012-07-14WSN@MIA17.410.6     -5.3  9.8  
2012-07-07WSNCOL17.410.4     -3.4  10.1  
2012-07-01WSN@ATL16.99.7     -4.8  8.6  
2012-06-26WSN@COL16.38.5     -2.8  7.6  
2012-06-21WSNTBR17.010.3     -5.7  7.8  
DateTeamOppGSFA-XFT-XFC-XFS-XFO-XSI-XSL-XCU-XKC-XEP-XCH-XSC-XKN-X
2012-06-15WSNNYY17.210.4     -4.9  9.4  
2012-06-09WSN@BOS18.211.3     -3.4  11.6  
2012-06-03WSNATL17.110.3     -4.1  9.2  
2012-05-27WSN@ATL17.010.0     -5.4  8.6  
2012-05-21WSN@PHI17.010.3     -5.8  9.5  
2012-05-16WSNPIT16.710.0     -5.7  8.8  
2012-05-11WSN@CIN18.211.1     -4.6  11.0  
2012-05-05WSNPHI17.311.2     -5.8  10.1  
2012-04-29WSN@LAD16.39.8     -6.8  7.9  
2012-04-24WSN@SDP18.311.9     -4.3  11.3  
2012-04-17WSNHOU15.710.2     -7.1  9.3  
2012-04-12WSNCIN17.410.8     -4.6  9.8  
2012-04-07WSN@CHC16.310.0     -6.4  8.1