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Marco Gonzales

#7 | LHP
Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners
Marco Gonzales
Name: Marco Elias Gonzales
Born: Feb 16, 1992 in Fort Collins, CO
High School: Gonzaga
College: Gonzaga
High School: Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, Colo.
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (19th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013 (signed for $1,850,000)
Gonzales has grown up around the game. His father Frank was a lefthander who played eight years in the minor leagues and is the Rockies' short-season pitching coach this season. Marco was on the mound for four consecutive state championships in high school and will rank near the top of a few career records at Gonzaga after three years. He doesn't have a high ceiling, but at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds he's polished and is a good athlete who has played both ways for the Bulldogs. His fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range. It can get flat at times, but he paints the corners with above-average command. But he's getting drafted for his changeup, the best in this year's class. It's a deceptive offering with fade and scouts have no problem grading it as a 70 pitch on the 20-80 scale. He also mixes in an average curveball and cutter. Scouts love Gonzales' makeup and he could move quickly through the minor leagues. With his frame, stuff and athleticism he has earned comparisons to Jason Vargas.
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