Were it not for some guy by the name of Francisco Lindor, the Cleveland Indians could possibly be turning to Erik Gonzalez as their future shortstop. It would not be quite the bright future that the Tribe now enjoy with Lindor, but there are worse fates than being stuck with Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is losing some of that new prospect sheen at 24 years old, but he has the defensive ability to still be a piece in a bigger trade or even a future utility infielder for the Indians similar to Jose Ramirez. Although he showed some offensive ability in 2014 when he hit for a .357/.390/.473 slash (141 wRC+), he has never gotten on base at a prolific rate in his minor league career. He will need to rely mostly on making solid contact and the ball finding gaps when he reaches the majors unless he suddenly gains the ability to draw more walks.
The Indians added Gonzalez to their 40-man roster back in November of 2013 in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft that year.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball had Gonzalez ranked as the Indians No 19 prospect, just ahead of Shawn Morimando. Gonzalez received a C+ grade from Sickels, who praised his defense at shortstop, but noted his poor approach at the plate as his biggest limiting factor.