Gonzalez began the season with Tampa in the Florida State League where he flashed plus-power potential, slugging .559 with six home runs in only 27 games despite admittedly swinging at a lot of bad pitches out of the zone.
"I consider myself a contact hitter with gap-to-gap power and some home-run power and I'm a very aggressive hitter," he said. "Sometimes I get in trouble because of how aggressive I can be."
Even though he has collected 36 doubles and 14 home runs combined at two minor league stops already this season, Trenton hitting coach Tom Wilson maintains that Gonzalez is not yet a finished product.
"I think he's still a work in progress right now," said Wilson. "We're trying to get him to be a little bit more consistent with his swing path. He has improved a lot in terms of timing and now we're just working on a consistent swing path.
"Once he cleans that up and we can get that going in the right direction, you are going to start seeing better things from him but right now I still think he is doing better than we expected."
Although the results have been somewhat mixed, Gonzalez finds the higher level of competition to his liking.
"I find myself a better hitter here than I did at Tampa," he opined. "For me it's easier because the pitching here is more experienced at locating their fastballs and other pitches better so I see a lot more pitches in the strike zone.
"For me that's easier because sometimes I'm a little over-aggressive so seeing pitches in and around the zone constantly is good for me and they're easier to hit."
When he first got to Trenton, Edwar was raking the Eastern League to the tune of a .330 average and an .840 OPS in his first 26 games. However, recently Gonzalez has hit a bit of a wall and has seen his average and OPS dip to .272 and .743 respectively. According to Edwar, it all goes back to approach.
"I've been in a slump this last month and a half, but before that I was really trying to stay calm and only swing at good pitches," he said.
"This past month and a half I've been getting off of it, I haven't been hitting as well as I've been feeling and I've been getting a little tied up with my arms so that makes me swing at bad pitches. I've been being swinging at a lot of pitches that I don't need to be aggressive on."
While he recognizes that Gonzalez has been struggling lately, Wilson is still impressed that Gonzalez has gotten the results he's managed this season, even with the work remaining to be done.
"For him to be at .275 or .280 right now is a testament to the ability that he has and his raw strength and his hand-eye coordination, but we are trying to work on approach and being a little bit more selective at the plate are the biggest things," said Wilson.
Gonzalez played winter baseball in Venezuela this past offseason, which he feels helped a lot towards the success at the beginning of the season and also helped him grow as a player.
"It really helped me to see how the big league guys go out every day and play every day, and that helped a little bit too with staying confident because I used to get down on myself and I was really tough on myself if I had a couple of bad games," he said.
"It's a long season and you can't do that or you would drive yourself crazy, you just have to stay calm and stay positive even if the results are not showing up yet and keep working on getting better."
Although the full-season numbers may not be overly impressive throughout his career, the flashes that Edwar has shown has Wilson excited about his future.
"He's got the raw power to hit 25-30 home runs in a season, he has got that kind of power," said Wilson. "We're trying to bring that out and have him use the whole field, drive the ball to all fields but he still has to work on consistency and approach.
"It's a grind. From where he was a couple of years ago to where he is now, he has made a lot of strides and he is doing the right things."
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