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June 24, 2014

The Call-Up

Marco Gonzales

by Jeff Moore and J.P. Breen


The Situation: With Jaime Garcia now their third starting pitcher on the disabled list, the Cardinals once again turn to a first-rounder from just one year before to help bolster their starting rotation, calling up left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales to make his major-league debut on Wednesday.

Background: Gonzales, a former Gonzaga Bulldog, was the 19th overall selection in 2013, and after a brief stop in the Gulf Coast League reached the Florida State League for four starts in his draft year. He returned to Palm Beach to start the 2014 season and cruised through the league to the tune of a 1.43 ERA, 7.6 K/9 and a minuscule 1.9 BB/9, earning a promotion after just six starts. Seven Double-A starts later, with a 2.33 ERA, 10.7 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9, Gonzales was called upon to help patch a Cardinals’ big-league rotation that’s taking on water.

Scouting Report: Gonzales is not oversized or overpowering, but he was well polished coming out of Gonzaga, and was thought to have a high floor and was expected to move quickly through the Cardinals system. Both proved to be true.

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