Was originally signed by Chicago (NL) as a 16-year-old non-drafted free agent from Venezuela on Nov. 23, 2005...signed by Cubs scout Hector Ortega...Was taken by Boston with the 10th overall selection in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft...three picks later, the Astros selected RHP Marco Duarte with the first selection in the Triple A phase...the Astros and Red Sox traded these two picks for each other...Was one of two Rule 5 draftees that spent the 2012 season on the Astros 25-man roster (also RHP Rhiner Cruz)...since 2009, Houston has had five Rule 5 Draft picks stick with the Major League club for an entire season: also LHP Wesley Wright (2008), RHP Aneury Rodriguez (2011) and RHP Josh Fields (2013)...His father, Mario, is currently an international scout (Venezuela) with the Tampa Bay Rays...his brother, also named Mario, spent four seasons in the Rangers minor league system from 1992-95...Was arbitration eligible for the third time in his career this offseason. Marwin and his wife Noel reside in Houston, Texas, in the offseason with their two children.
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.