#MLBPlayers411 | Marwin González
Marwin (pronounced: \MAR-win\) González can occupy either batters' box and just about any position on the field
The 28-year old, switch-hitting utility infielder from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, has come from a bench role in his first several years with the Astros, to a do-it-all starter who can play anywhere on the field.
This season, González has played all infield positions in addition to left and right field, and represents a coveted weapon for manager A.J. Hinch, who has the flexibility to deploy González all over the field during the postseason.
“He's an absolute dream for a manager,'' Hinch told USA Today. “As far as the versatile, all-everything, Swiss Army knife, whenever I have a question on what I should do, the answer is usually, ‘Marwin can do it.' And I've used him accordingly.''
Primarily a shortstop through his years in the minor leagues, González has played at every position except for pitcher and catcher during his time with the Astros. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he made history this season as the only player since 1901 to hit a home run in four straight starts in which he played a different position.
Adding to his skills, González has had a career year at the plate as well.
On Monday night, González tied a career high with four hits, adding a home run and three RBIs in Houston's win over in-state rival Texas.
In 129 games this season, González is batting .302 and has established career highs with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs – leading the team in RBIs. He is one of three Houston position players batting over .300, and has increased his on-base percentage by nearly 100 points since last year.
In 18 September games, González has hit .364 with 13 runs scored, 11 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs.
Originally signed at age 16 by the Cubs in November 2005, the Red Sox picked up González in the 2011 Rule 5 draft, and Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow acquired González in a subsequent swap the same day.
“Every year he seems to find a way to become more and more valuable,'' Luhnow told USA Today earlier this season.
González comes from a baseball family, as his father, Mario, is a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays in Venezuela. Older brother Mario played in the Rangers' organization from 1992-95.
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