When we knew them: Marco Gonzales
I didn’t want anyone to think that was a one-and-done series. I was just waiting for a good opportunity, and one that was non-Royals after the Mike Moustakas retrospective. Don’t worry, KC fans, I’ll have no problem opening the vault in the ALCS and beyond.
Marco Gonzales hasn’t been a professional pitcher for long enough for us to have the same kind of library as we did with Moose.
The first time I had the chance to talk with the lefty was at FanFest at the 2013 All-Star Game in New York. Gonzales was on hand to accept the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award for his work on the mound and in the batter’s box during his junior year at Gonzaga.
Of course, we had written about Gonzales plenty during his time as an amateur:
- Back in the summer of 2012, he was part of USA Baseball’s College National Team participating in the Prospect Classic, with the college players and high school players from the 18 and Under trials roster mixing together. First, he tossed four scoreless innings in Game 1 (Broadcast by myself and Pete McCarthy):
- In this broadcast of the second game, Gonzales went 3-for-3 at the plate.
- He outpitched Scott Frazier in an early Friday night matchup during his Draft year (2013) and broke it down in Draft Watch.
- He was ranked No. 14 overall on our Draft Top 100 found on our 2013 Prospect Watch.
- He went No. 19 overall in that June’s Draft:
I got to catch up with Gonzales in Palm Beach, Florida, during his first Spring Training (and first big league camp). He was the subject of our “Three Questions With…” part of our Spring Training Reports. He’s ranked No. 3 on our Cardinals’ Top 20 and No. 99 on our overall Top 100.
I knew he’d be a quick to the big leagues type, but I can’t say I knew for certain it would be in his first full professional season. Seeing him not only make the postseason roster, but pitch three shutout relief innings and pick up two wins in the NLDS as a result, has been impressive, to say the least.