Left handed pitcher Marco Gonzales from Gonzaga University, who was the Cardinals first pick (19th player overall) in the 2013 First‐Year player draft have agreed to terms.
Gonzales, a 6‐foot‐1, 195 lb. junior was a pitcher and an infielder at Gonzaga, but ultimately was drafted as a pitcher. He was 7‐3 with a 2.80 ERA in 16 starts (17 appearances) for the Bulldogs this season, leading the team in strikeouts with 96 in 106.0 innings, and did not give up a home run for the duration of the season. As a batter, he led the team in batting average (.311) with 2 HR and 26 RBI.
“It is still sinking in that we got Marco with our first pick,” said Cardinals Director of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz. “He is such a great fit for us and is somebody that I did not think would get to the 19th slot. He has thrown quite a few innings this year so we will take it slow and manage his workload.”
Gonzales was named as the 2012 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, finalist for the 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, and a Golden Spikes semifinalist. His collegiate totals at Gonzaga included a 26‐7 overall pitching record with a 2.34 ERA. He played for Team USA in 2010 and was a four‐time 5A State Champion for Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo., starting and winning all four championship games.
“It’s cliché, but it really was a total team effort getting Marco drafted and signed,” said Kantrovitz. “We had over 10 scouts see him in virtually all of his starts, and, on top of having all of our scouts agree that he is a special talent, both our performance analysis and the work we do evaluating pitching mechanics indicated that he is a “top of the class” talent. The icing on the cake is that he is a very humble, competitive, smart kid as well.”
The Cardinals also signed their other first round pick in Rob Kaminsky (28th overall) earlier in the week.