The White Sox drafted the athletic Gonzalez 87th overall in the 2017 after three stellar seasons at New Mexico. While not a high upside prospect, the well-rounded outfielder brings five tools to the table with few holes in his game. I saw Gonzalez for three games September 5-7 with Winston-Salem in the Carolina League playoffs.
Gonzalez packs 50 raw power in his average build, knowing when to open up on an elevated BP pitch and able to drive the pullside with a level swing-plane. In games, he’s more gap-to-gap, projecting to hit double-digit homers with ample doubles for 45 game power. Gonzalez has a solid approach, working counts and looking to all fields, and he will take his share of walks. He shortens way up with two-strikes, looking to slap the ball around the infield and extend the at-bat. He has quality bat-to-ball ability and projects as a future 50-grade hitter. Gonzalez needs to lay off soft stuff below the zone, especially down in the count, but that’s an adjustment he shows the feel to make in time. He will need to stick in centerfield to profile everyday, a spot he ceded to Luis Robert, and Gonzalez shows he can do it. He plays a 55 corner OF, tracking back to the LF wall excellently with solid first-step reads, and I project him to average in center with average speed. His average arm isn’t an asset, but also won’t hinder him moving between all three outfield spots.
With five average tools, Gonzalez could be a FV 50 average everyday player if he sticks in center. He’s the type of well-rounded player that helps a contending team lower in the lineup, contributing in numerous facets of the game and able to do the little things. He’s no less than a quality fourth outfielder, showing enough bat to spot-start and able to play around the outfield.