Álexander Luis González (born February 15, 1977 in Cagua, Aragua State, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball shortstop who plays for the Cincinnati Reds. Previously, González played with the Florida Marlins (1998-2005) and Boston Red Sox (2006). He bats and throws right-handed.
González' speed and range have enabled him to make acrobatic plays, quickly drawing comparisons to Venezuelan shortstops like Chico Carrasquel, Luis Aparicio, Dave Concepción and Omar Vizquel. His defensive tools were so masterful that by 1999 he established himself as an All-Star.
González is able to make some contributions on offense as well. He hits with considerable power by middle infielder standards, and is considered a good bunter. However, he frequently swings at pitches out of the strike zone, and this poor plate discipline combined with an inability to make consistent contact has caused many to see him as a limited hitter.
In 2001, he led all Major League shortstops with 26 errors.
His most productive season came in 2004, when he posted career highs in home runs (23), RBI (79), games played (159) and at bats (561).
Before the 2006 season, the Boston Red Sox signed González as a free agent to a...