Carlos Gonzalez, Left Field, Colorado Rockies, #5


Date of Birth: 10/17/1985
Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela
Current Salary: $20,428,571
Nickname: CarGo

Carlos Gonzalez, left fielder for the Colorado Rockies, was first signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2002 but he never played with them. He spent seven years in the minor leagues for the Diamondbacks before they traded him in December, 2007, to the Oakland Athletics. Gonzalez was finally called up to the major leagues on May 30, 2008, playing in 85 games with the Athletics that season.

After only a fair showing in 2008, with a .242 batting average, 73 hits, and 22 doubles, the Athletics traded Gonzalez in November, 2008, to the Rockies. In 2009, he played in 89 games with the Rockies, spending the rest of the season in the minor leagues. The following season, his first full one in the majors, was his best season, with a .336 batting average, 197 hits, 34 doubles, 34 home runs, 117 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases.

The Rockies, in January, 2011, signed Gonzalez to a seven-year, $80.5 million contract extension. He finished the 2014 season with 62 hits, 15 doubles, and a .238 batting average in just 70 games. He had a full season in 2015, finishing with 150 hits, 25 doubles, a career high 40 home runs, 97 RBIs, and a .271 batting average in 153 games.

Gonzalez had a strong 2016 season. He batted .298 with 174 hits, a career high 42 doubles, 25 home runs, and 100 RBIs in 150 games. As the Rockies' right fielder, he made 251 putouts and 3 errors in 148 games.

Gonzalez has won three Gold Gloves (2010, 2012, 2013) and two Silver Slugger awards (2010, 2015). In 2010, he also won the National League batting title.

Statistics for Gonzalez in nine seasons (2008-2016) in the major leagues include:

  • 4 seasons with 150 or more hits, with a high of 197 in 2010
  • 3 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 42 in 2016
  • 5 seasons with over 20 home runs, with a high of 40 in 2015
  • 4 seasons with 20 or more stolen bases, with a high of 26 in 2010
  • 3 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .336 in 2010

Career batting statistics for Gonzalez through 2016 include:

  • 1,064 games played
  • 1,152 hits
  • 233 doubles
  • 201 home runs
  • 114 stolen bases
  • 654 RBIs
  • 956 strikeouts to 337 walks
  • .291 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Gonzalez as an outfielder through 2016 include:

  • 456 games played in left field, 200 games played in center field, 434 games played in right field
  • 1,829 putouts
  • 24 errors

Personal Life

Gonzalez and his wife Indonesia were married on October 20, 2012.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Carlos Gonzalez
ESPN Sports - Carlos Gonzalez