It appears that Oscar Gonzalez has found himself in the midst of a hot streak. The consistency and peformance at the plate that eluded him at the major league level has been harnessed in with Gonzalez putting together a good month of June.
Just how good has Gonzalez been in June? The young outfielder has five doubles, two home runs, and one triple along with 15 runs batted in and four walks in 58 at-bats. That amounts to a .310/.354/.534 slash line and a .888 OPS. Seven of Gonzalez' hits in the month of June have gone for extra-bases. This is exactly the type of production that the Guardians are hoping to see from the 25-year old while he works on things in Triple-A.
There is still some hope that Gonzalez can return to Cleveland at some point this season and recapture some of the SpongeBob magic that capitvated everyone last season. If Gonzalez is able to keep up this stretch of play in Columbus, it will not be long before he makes his way back to the bigs. The Guardians are still sorting through a few players on their major league roster, but there should be an opportunity at somepoint for Gonzalez to return and potentially make an imapct.
Gonzalez was struggling at the plate before being sent down to Triple-A Columbus. With a sub-.200 batting average and only 14 hits in 75 plate appearances, it was clear that some work was needed and that had to come while down in the minors. The performance has improved during his time at Triple-A, with a solid, yet unspectacular .264/.295/.444 slash line in 36 games. Gonzalez' output in the month of June has certainly helped improve upon some previously lackluster numbers, but this upward trend is still very encouraging. If Gonzalez is able to continue this or something similar, perhaps he returns to Cleveland at or around the All-Star break if not sooner.