Profile

- Marco Gonzales is a 24 year-old Left-Handed Starting Pitcher born in Fort Collins, Colorado

- Ranked #3 in Cardinals Top 30 Prospects list by MLBPipeline.com

- Outstanding two-way player at Gonzaga University, where he won the 2013 John Olerud Award for the best two-way player in College Baseball and also was named Co-West Coast Conference Player of the Year due to his .311 batting average as a hitter and 2.80 ERA with a 7-3 record on the mound.

- Gonzales was selected with the 19th Overall Pick in the 2013 MLB Draft and signed a $1.85 million contract with the Cardinals.

Cardinals Career and Projections

-Gonzales made his MLB Debut for the Cardinals just barely after a full year with the organization. He filled in for an injured Jaime Garcia on June 25, 2014 and received a no-decision after getting roughed up a bit by the Rockies. However, he did hit a double in his first MLB at bat.

- After earning some playing time in the postseason with the Cardinals in 2014, Gonzales struggled with a shoulder injury for much of 2015 and spent most of his time at AAA Memphis.

- Gonzales throws an 88-91 MPH fastball along with a changeup, curveball, and slider. He has above-average command of all of his pitches, but his changeup is by far his best breaking pitch. Gonzales has already shown strides as an MLB reliever, and his ceiling shows him at the capability of a mid-rotation MLB starter.