Erik Gonzalez should not be on a MLB roster
In the offseason the Pirates swung a five-player trade with the Cleveland Indians. The one MLB player the Pirates received in this deal was infielder Erik Gonzalez. After Gonzalez was acquired, he became the team’s starting shortstop.
General manager Neal Huntington said in the spring that his scouts were “pounding the table” to acquire Gonzalez prior to the trade. Well, Huntington may want to fire those scouts. Because Gonzalez has been nothing short of awful this season.
For some unknown reason Gonzalez made two starts in the series. After going 0-for-7 in the series, Gonzalez is now slashing a robust .194/.270/.254 this season with a wRC+ of 30.
Don’t worry though, that great defense of Gonzalez’s Huntington talked so much about was on display! Just look at the bottom of the 8th inning Wednesday night when he missed a routine pop up that helped spark a 3-run inning for the Angels that made a 4-3 game become a 7-3 game. Also, let’s not forget Gonzalez running into Starling Marte on a pop up back in April and putting the Pirates best player on the shelf. The guy is a real defensive wizard!
Yeah, I do not understand it either.