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Marco Gonzales | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/16/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Marco Gonzales will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Cubs.
Justin Masterson is getting the ball in the first game. Gonzales struggled in his three starts with the big club earlier this season, posting a 7.20 ERA. He's been great in the minors, though, putting up a 2.43 ERA and 117/27 K/BB ratio over 122 frames across three levels. Aug 29 - 5:03 PM

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Cardinals optioned LHP Marco Gonzales to Triple-A Memphis.

Gonzales posted a rough 7.07 ERA, 2.29 WHIP, and 10/11 K/BB ratio over his first 14 major league innings (three starts). He has an impressive changeup, but the 22-year-old first-round pick from 2013 wasn't ready for the big time yet. Joe Kelly (hamstring) is expected to rejoin the Cardinals' rotation soon.
Jul 7 - 3:34 PM

Marco Gonzales allowed seven hits and walked five more, but he escaped with only one run allowed over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday.

Gonzales skated into and out of trouble all afternoon, with a first inning run the only damage against him on the day. The lefty struck out five, but it was still a third straight disappointing start for the Cardinals prospect. He owns a 7.07 ERA and 2.29 WHIP through three starts, and it's hard to see the Cards continuing to trot him out there for much longer.
Jul 6 - 7:27 PM

Marco Gonzales was blasted for seven hits and five runs over 4 1/3 innings in his second major league start on Tuesday versus the Giants.

After getting lit up for an identical seven hits and five runs over five innings in his major league debut on Wednesday against the Rockies, Gonzales fared a little worse against San Francisco, striking out two and walking four. Last year's first-round pick threw only 99 2/3 innings (2.08 ERA, 101/26 K/BB ratio) in the minors before St. Louis used him to plug injuries holes in the rotation. It's clear Gonzales isn't quite ready for this level of competition. If the left-hander isn't shipped to the minors, his next turn in the rotation comes this weekend across from the Marlins.
Jul 2 - 12:50 AM

Marco Gonzales was touched for seven hits and five runs over five innings in his major league debut on Wednesday.

Gonzales was generally unfazed by making his debut in front of a plethora of friends and family from his home state of Colorado, cruising through three innings with little consternation. But he ran into trouble in the fourth, when the Rockies sent nine men to the plate and scored five runs. Gonzales wielded the heralded changeup and aside from the one inning he fared alright for his first major league start. He'll likely remain in the rotation for at least one more turn, with that start coming Tuesday at the Giants.
Jun 25 - 6:57 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of LHP Marco Gonzales from Double-A Springfield.

Gonzales will make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Rockies. A first-round pick last season, the left-hander has just 99 2/3 innings of pro experience but boasts a 2.08 ERA and 101/26 K/BB ratio. He'll likely get a couple starts until Joe Kelly (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.
Jun 25 - 11:30 AM

The Cardinals will call up pitching prospect Marco Gonzales to make his major league debut on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Gonzales was pegged as a likely fast-mover when the Cardinals drafted him in the first round last June, and he has lived up to the billing by making his major league debut less than a year after his first pro start. While his ceiling is more of a No. 3-4 starter, Gonzales has been terrific in his first 99 2/3 pro innings, posting a 2.08 ERA and 101/26 K/BB ratio. A Colorado native, the left-hander will get to make his major league debut in Denver. Joe Kelly (hamstring) is due back soon, so Gonzales figures to only get a start or two with the big club.
Jun 23 - 7:21 PM

Cardinals prospect LHP Marco Gonzales turned in another solid start on Sunday, allowing one earned run to go with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for Double-A Springfield.

He scattered seven hits (one home run) and walked three batters in the outing. The 22-year-old left-hander has been impressive since a promotion from High-A Palm Beach to Springfield in mid-May, as he's posted a 2.63 ERA and 32-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 1/3 innings (five starts). Between both stops, Gonzales owns a 1.94 ERA and 64-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 65 innings (11 starts).
Jun 9 - 2:41 PM

Cardinals left-handed pitching prospect Marco Gonzales scattered five singles and one walk, while allowing one run and striking out eight over six innings for High-A Palm Beach.

Gonzales was a first round pick out of Gonzaga University in 2013, and could make his major league debut in 2015. He is dominating the Florida State League with a 1.43 ERA and a 1.115 WHIP. The Cardinals would like to see him improve his strikeout rate (7.6 K/9), but otherwise his performance is nothing short of a great sight.
May 11 - 12:38 PM

Cardinals prospect LHP Marco Gonzales turned in his best start of the season Sunday, scattering seven hits over eight scoreless frames for High-A Palm Beach.

The 22-year-old struck out and walked one batter in the outing. The No. 19 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Gonzales owns a 1.42 ERA and 24/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 2/3 innings (five starts) this season, and he's allowed more than one earned run on one occasion. The left-hander could be looking at a promotion to Double-A Springfield in the near future.
May 5 - 1:38 PM

Cardinals prospect LHP Marco Gonzales allowed one run on three hits Tuesday in six innings for High-A Palm Beach.

Gonzales, the No. 19 overall pick in the 2013 draft, walked one batter and struck out seven in the outing. The 22-year-old left-hander struggled his last time out, allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, so it was good to see him bounce back with a purpose Tuesday. Overall, Gonzales owns a 2.04 ERA and 19/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17 2/3 innings this season. If he can continue to build on his success, the southpaw should reach Double-A by midseason, putting him on pace for an MLB debut at some point in 2015.
Apr 23 - 12:31 PM

Cardinals left-handed pitching prospect Marco Gonzales struck out seven and allowed three hits in five innings for High-A Palm Beach on Wednesday.

Gonzales lacks the power stuff to be a top of the rotation arm, but with a nasty change-up, an average curveball, and polish, he could be in Double-A by June. Look for Gonzales to continue to dominate until he hits the upper levels of the minors, where more advanced hitters will be a bigger challenge. If he continues to put up solid numbers, he could be rotation depth for the big-league Cardinals around mid-2015.
Apr 10 - 9:25 AM

Cardinals reassigned LHP Marco Gonzales, RHP Kurt Heyer, RHP Boone Whiting, 3B Patrick Wisdom, C Carson Kelly, C Casey Rasmus, and C Cody Stanley to minor league camp.

No surprises among this round of cuts. Gonzales was the 19th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft and will likely spend the entire 2014 campaign in the minors.
Mar 10 - 5:37 PM

Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales is dealing with some tightness in his left forearm.

An MRI on his elbow revealed no structural damage, but the Cards will proceed cautiously with the young southpaw. Last year's first-round pick is headed to minor league camp after making one Grapefruit League appearance.
Mar 9 - 11:17 AM

Cardinals agreed to terms with first-round pick LHP Marco Gonzales.

Baseball America's Jim Callis reports that Gonzales will receive $1.85 million, which is a good amount lower than the assigned slot value for the No. 19 pick of $2.0558 million. Gonzales doesn't have a ton of upside but should be a quick-mover through the Cardinals' system.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 06:22:00 PM

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2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
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3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
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