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Marco Gonzales

Born: 02/16/1992 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Mechanics
Clean arm action, above-average arm speed. Thick lower half helps keep him steady and repeat his mechanics well. Not overly athletic but enough so to repeat his delivery and get off the mound to field his position.
Evaluator Jeff Moore
Report Date 05/07/2014
Affiliate Palm Beach Cardinals (High A, Cardinals)
Dates Seen 4/28/14
OFP 60
Realistic 55, No. 3/4 starter
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 50 55 88-90 91 Works down in the zone; command was better to arm-side of plate; missed frequently on inner half but made a concerted effort to work inside on right-handed hitters to keep them from diving out onto outer half. Does not have velocity or movement to miss bats with FB in FB counts. Must command pitch to be effective.
Curveball 50 55 75-77   Not a power curve; big sweeping pitch with downward bite; plus command of pitch; will throw it to both sides of the plate against hitters of either handedness. Will definitely keep left-handed hitters off balance at the major league level. Major league righties may square it up if he leaves it in the zone. Better to righties when he buries it at their feet with two strikes.
Change-up 65 70 78-81   Definitely plus pitch with even more potential as fastball command improves. Will throw it to any batter at any time. Has plus arm-side fade and some had diving action. Will be a 70 pitch as soon as he can consistently make it dive as well as fade.
Overall

Gonzales will go as far as his change-up will take him, which should be pretty far. His fastball isn't overpowering, but it also may be his third-best pitch. He's not going to over-power hitters, but being a lefty with a great change-up should be enough to make him a mid-rotation starter. Now that he's in full-season ball, he should move quickly and is clearly too advanced for the Florida State League.

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