The 28-year-old had a career-year and one of the best seasons by a utility player in MLB history...was one of the best offensive players in the American League despite not having a regular position...led the AL West Division Champion Astros in RBI and ranked third in OPS (.907) to Altuve (.957) and Correa (.941)...among AL players, ranked sixth in OPS, eighth in OBP (.377), ninth in batting average and 10th in slugging (.530)...became the first player in MLB history to have a season with 30 doubles and 20 homers while appearing in multiple games at all of the following positions: left field, right field, first base, second base, third base, shortstop...played 134 games, but did not play more than 47 games at a single position...appeared in games at these positions: left field (47g), shortstop (38g), first base (31g), second base (22g), third base (19g), right field (2g)...made starts at: left field (38), shortstop (33), first base (20), third base (15), second base (14)...became the first player in MLB history to play at least 19 games at each of these five positions: first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field...became the first player since Cesar Tovar (1968) to play 19 games at five different positions in a single season...Tovar appeared in 19 games at shortstop, third base, second base, left field and center field...became the third switch-hitter in club history to have a season with an OPS over .900, joining Lance Berkman (2001-06, 2008-09) and Carl Everett (1999)...set career highs in runs (67), hits (138), doubles (34), homers, RBI, walks (49), batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS...ranked third in the AL in at-bat to RBI ratio (5.06, 455AB/90RBI)... improved in nearly every peripheral offensive metric this season...posted a career-high 9.5% walk rate...his 19.2% strikeout rate was his lowest since 2014 (18.7%)...posted a career-low chase rate (29.2%)...was extremely selective with what pitches he swung at, as he posted a career-low 42.2% swing rate, including a 59.8% swing rate on pitches in the strike zone (lowest since his 2012 rookie season)...had been a better hitter from the right side of the plate leading into the year, but that changed in 2017...batted .322 (108x335) with 23 doubles, 18 homers, 74 RBI and a .946 OPS (.394 OBP/.552 SLG) while batting left-handed...ranked sixth in the AL in OPS vs. right-handed pitchers...ranked second in the AL in batting average with runners in scoring position, as he hit .360 (41x114) with eight doubles, seven homers, 67 RBI and a 1.054 OPS (.440 OBP/.614 SLG) in those situations (4th in the AL in OPS w/RISP)...made his sixth consecutive Opening Day roster...did not have a stint on the DL...homered in his first game of the season in a start at first base on April 4 vs. SEA...was a go-ahead solo homer off RHP Hisashi Iwakuma in the 6th inning...improved his batting average vs. Iwakuma to .444 (12x27) and was his second-career homer off him...homered in his second straight start of the seaosn on April 6 vs. SEA...became the seventh player in club history to hit a homer in each of his first two starts of a season, and the first since Carlos Correa in 2016...started the season on a five-game hitting streak, and recorded an RBI in each of his first four starts of the year from April 4-9...the only other players in club history to start the year with a four-game RBI streak: Richard Hidalgo (2001, 2004), Rusty Staub (1968), Eddie Matthews (1967)...posted a career-long, 20-game on-base streak from Sept. 19, 2016-April 14, 2017...in May, ranked second in the AL in batting (.382) and OBP (.461) while ranking tied for second in RBI (22), third in OPS (1.198) and fourth in slugging (.737)...was the fifth-highest OPS ever recorded by an Astros player in a single month of May, and the highest since Lance Berkman's 1.409 OPS in May of 2008... homered in five straight starts from April 27-May 4...became the first Astro to homer in five straight starts since Chris Carter did so in 2015...hit six total homers during his streak...also recorded an RBI in six straight starts from April 26-May 4...per Elias, became the first player in the modern era of baseball to homer in four straight starts, each at a different position, when he did so from April 27-May 3...started at second base, third base, left field and first base...notched the second multi-homer game of his career on May 2 vs. TEX, setting a single-game careerhigh five RBI...hit a solo homer in the 5th while batting right-handed, and an 8th-inning go-ahead grand slam batting left-handed...was the Astros first grand slam of the season, and first multi-homer game of the year...per Elias, the only other player in club history to hit two homers in a game, including a game-winning grand slam in the 8th inning or later was Kevin Bass on Aug. 20, 1989 vs. CHC...homered from both sides of the plate for the second time in his career in that game on May 2 vs. TEX (also July 26, 2016 vs. NYY)...prior to Gonzalez, the last Astros player to homer from both sides of the plate was Lance Berkman on July 3, 2006 vs. CHC...had an 11-game hitting streak from May 1-16 (second-longest streak of career)...reached base safely in a career-high 30 consecutive starts from April 22-June 12...was the longest streak by an Astro since Altuve's 32-game streak in 2016...had another long on-base streak, this time a 31-game on-base streak from June 14-July 29...was the longest by an Astros player this year and the third-longest by an AL player behind Aaron Judge (32g) and Edwin Encarnacion (32g)...tied his career-high home run total of 13 set in 2016 on June 22 at OAK in his 63rd game of the season...set a single-season career high in homers on July 2 vs. NYY in what was his 65th game...was ejected by homeplate umpire John Libka on July 6 at TOR...was his third career ejection...recorded an RBI in eight consecutive games from July 2-14, totaling 12 RBI in that span...tied the third-longest streak in club history with Lance Berkman (2006) and Morgan Ensberg (2006)...on July 24 at PHI, started at shortstop before moving to left field and second base...became the first player in club history to play all those positions in the same game...did this again later in the year on Sept. 25 at TEX, becoming the first player in MLB history to have multiple games like this in his career, let alone a single season...posted his second 11-game hitting streak from July 17-29...entered September on a 1x23 (.043) run...hit .363 (29x80) with 11 doubles, two homers, 17 RBI and a 1.002 OPS in 22 games in September...among AL players in September, ranked tied for second in doubles and fifth in batting average...recorded the first multi-steal game of his career on Sept. 2 vs. NYM (G2)...had a four-hit, three RBI game on Sept. 25 at TEX, tying his single-game career-high for hits...played left field, second base and shortstop in the game...became the first player in MLB history to have four hits while playing all those positions in a game...started every postseason game, knocking four doubles and one homer with four RBI...made 17 start in left field and one at first base...recorded two outfield assists in the playoffs, becoming the second left fielder in club history to record multiple outfield assists in a single postseason, joining Lance Berkman (2005)...recorded his first career postseason hit in Game 1 of the ALDS vs. BOS, a two-run, go-ahead double off LHP Chris Sale in the 4th inning... was also his first career postseason start...notched outfield assists in back-to-back games (ALDS Game 4 at BOS, ALCS Game 1 vs. NYY)...per Elias, became the first outfielder with assists in consecutive playoff games since Jim Rice in the 1986 World Series...hit a game-tying homer in the 9th inning off RHP Kenley Jansen in Game 2 of the World Series at LAD...was his 1st career postseason homer...became the 10th player in World Series history to hit a game-tying home run in the 9th inning, and the first since Kansas City's Alex Gordon in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series...was the first such homer by a visiting player since Boston's Dwight Evans in Game 3 of the 1975 Fall Classic at CIN.
In his fifth Major League season, set career highs in games played (141), at-bats (484), runs (55), hits (123), doubles (26), triples (3), homers (13), RBI (51), walks (22) and stolen bases (12)...made 118 starts at multiple positions: 74 at first base, 16 at third base, 14 in left field, eight at second base and six at shortstop...also made one appearance in center field...owned a .438 slugging percentage in 92 games at first base...was the highest slugging percentage by an Astros first baseman since Lance Berkman in 2009 (.509) (min. 90 games)...made the Opening Day roster for the fifth consecutive year (all with Houston)...spent the entire season on the Astros active roster...missed four games from Sept. 2-5...left the game on Aug. 31, with discomfort in his right hamstring... started at first base on April 5, marking his second career Opening Day start...also started at shortstop for the Astros on Opening Day, 2012...hit a two-run HR on May 6 vs. SEA...was the first multi-run HR of his career and 26th HR of his career...his first 25 career homers were all solo shots...among all players in MLB history without a multi-run HR, the 25 solo HR for Gonzalez were the most, immediately leading Todd Dunwoody (1997-2002) and his 11 career solo HR...started at second base on May 7...became the first AL player in 2016 to start at every infield position...hit a 16th inning walkoff homer on May 11 vs. CLE...it was his second career walkoff homer (last: Aug. 8, 2015 vs. TB)...per Elias the 16th-inning HR was the latest walkoff home run hit during the regular season in Astros franchise history...prior to May 11, the latest game-ending home run hit by an Astros player was by Dickie Thon (14th inning 8/10/83)...prior to Gonzalez, two Astros hit go-ahead home runs in the 16th inning or later in a road game: Billy Hatcher on Sept. 2, 1986 and Ken Caminiti on Aug. 20, 1999...recorded the first multi-homer game of his career on July 26 vs. NYY...switch hitter homered off LHP CC Sabathia and RHP Anthony Swarzak, becoming the first Astros player to homer from both sides of the plate since Lance Berkman on July 3, 2006 vs. CHC (homered off RHP Carlos Marmol and LHP Will Ohman)...had a career-long 13-game hitting streak from July 15-Aug. 3...hit .286 (16x56) with five doubles, four HR and four RBI during the streak, which began on July 15...was tied for the longest hitting streak by an Astros in 2016...played a handful of games for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season.
Had a career year as the Astros utility man, posting single-season career highs in games (120), starts (86), hits (96), doubles (18), homers (12), RBI (34), slugging percentage (.442) and OPS (.759)...played all around the diamond, seeing time at ﬁrst base (43g), shortstop (32g), third base (21g), second base (15g) and left ﬁeld (15g)...marked his ﬁrst career starts at ﬁrst base...hit .295 (41x139) with eight doubles, one triple, six homers, 14 RBI and an .843 OPS (.347 OBP/.496 SLG) against left-handed pitchers...all 12 of his homers were solo shots...batted .278 (15x54) with three homers, eight RBI and an .822 OPS in 16 games against the division-rival Mariners (went 7x23, .304, at Safeco Field)...boosted his career numbers against Seattle to: .304 (35x115) average, eight homers, 15 RBI, .920 OPS (.355 OBP/.565 SLG) in 40 games...moved his career numbers at Safeco Field to: .320 (16x50) average, four homers, six RBI, .970 OPS (.370 OBP/.600 SLG) in 20 games...went 1x2 oﬀ RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, propping his career average against him to .571 (8x14)...marks his most career hits against any Major League pitcher...made the Astros Opening Day roster for the fourth consecutive season...spent the entire year with Houston, but did miss seven games in September while nursing various hand injuries...ﬁnished ninth in the AL in batting average and OPS in July...hit .364 (20x55) with three doubles, three homers, ﬁve RBI and a 1.008 OPS (.426 OBP/.582 SLG) in 20 games during the month...hit a walk-oﬀ homer on Aug. 18 vs. TB, becoming the ﬁrst Astros player with three hits and an extra-inning homer in the same game since Miguel Tejada on June 2, 2009 (Elias Sports Bureau)...over his ﬁnal 70 games of the year, hit .321 (68x212) with nine doubles, one triple, 10 homers, 21 RBI and an .885 OPS (.371 OBP/.514 SLG)...played in four of the Astros six playoﬀ games as a defensive replacement...marked his ﬁrst trip to the postseason
Played in a career-high 103 games with Houston with 76 starts (64 at SS, 6 at 3B, 5 at 2B, 1 in LF)...became the first Astro to start games at those four positions in one season since IF/OF Brian Bixler (2012)...tallied 285 at-bats, 81 more than his previous high set in 2013, and set career-highs in almost every offensive category...the switch-hitter batted .333 (13x39) against lefties, and all six of his homers came off righties...made his third straight Opening Day roster and spent the entire season on the active MLB roster for the first time in his career...shared time at shortstop with IF Jonathan Villar and IF Gregorio Petit...played left field, right field and third base on April 11 at TEX...only other player in club history to play those three positions in the same game was IF/OF Bill Spiers on Sept. 21, 1999, at PIT...notched four hits and an RBI on May 26 at KC, marking a career high in hits in a game...the last Astros shortstop to record four hits in a game was IF Angel Sanchez on April 12, 2011, vs. CHC...went 2x4 in a start on July 1 vs. SEA (one hit off RHP Hisashi Iwakuma)...has gone 7x12 (.583) with a homer and an RBI against RHP Hisashi Iwakuma in his career...marks his most career hits against any Major League pitcher...became a career .328 (20x61) hitter with five homers, seven RBI and a 1.004 OPS against the Mariners...hit a double in each of his last two starts, on Sept. 23 and Sept. 27...11 of his 15 doubles of the season came in his last 43 games.