With Angel Sanchez out, is Marwin Gonzalez in?


Infielder Angel Sanchez has been designated for assignment by the Astros. That could be good news for Rule 5 draftee Marwin Gonzalez. The soon-to-be 23 year-old Venezuelan is now the only true shortstop left on the roster to serve as a backup for starter Jed Lowrie. Matt Downs can also play the position and figures to be used at several different spots on the diamond this season.

Jeff Luhnow acquired Gonzalez in a trade with Boston after the Sox  had plucked the SS from the Cubs organization. Rule 5 still applies to Gonzalez, meaning he will have to stay on the Astros roster all season or be offered back to the Sox. Gonzalez appeared in 42 games in Venezuela this winter, posting a .292/.341/.333 slash line. His .292 average was tenth best in the league. Astros scouts in Venezuela were also impressed with his defense.

Gonzalez looks to be a much younger version of Sanchez with a potentially greater upside. Gonzalez has more raw speed than Sanchez but has yet to master the art of stealing bases. The question has to be- is he ready for the majors? The Astros don’t have much to lose by giving him a shot. So, barring another transaction involving a shortstop, it looks like Gonzalez will be given a nice long look in Spring Training.

Tags: Angel Sanchez Marwin Gonzalez News & Notes Roster Rule 5

  • Its Gonna Happen

    The thing that I really like about this, Sanchez was never going to really help us anyways. He has no upside. He CAN be a descent average singles hitter with “just good enough” defense, but how is that going to help us? Even if he is better than Gonzalez is now, the only thing having him on this team does is block a young player that has much more potential and keep another player off of the roster. Sanchez wasn’t going to help the Astros win in 2012 anyways, so the FO cutting hime loose is a sign that they are really dedicated to the future. That and they’re

  • Its Gonna Happen

    That and they’re going to do everything they can to help Brad Mills not phuck his coaching job up.

  • Stroscrow

    @Its Gonna Happen Yeah, Mills did love him some Sanchez.

    I’m interested to see how Marwin does this spring. Hopefully he’s a pleasant surprise.

  • Its Gonna Happen

    The thing that I really like about this, Sanchez was never going to really help us anyways. He has no upside. He CAN be a descent average singles hitter with “just good enough” defense, but how is that going to help us? Even if he is better than Gonzalez is now, the only thing having him on this team does is block a young player that has much more potential and keep another player off of the roster. Sanchez wasn’t going to help the Astros win in 2012 anyways, so the FO cutting hime loose is a sign that they are really dedicated to the future. That and they’re

    • Its Gonna Happen

      That and they’re going to do everything they can to help Brad Mills not phuck his coaching job up.

      • Stroscrow

        @Its Gonna Happen Yeah, Mills did love him some Sanchez.

        I’m interested to see how Marwin does this spring. Hopefully he’s a pleasant surprise.