Cardinals prospect interview: Marco Gonzales

The 19th overall selection in the 2013 draft spoke from St. Louis Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida.

Taken with the 19th selection in the June draft, just 12 months after a young man named Michael Wacha was selected with the exact same pick, St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales found himself in a familiar place this fall.

The 21-year-old left-hander, who had joined the Cards by way of Gonzaga University, was in Jupiter, Florida. To date, it has been Gonzales' only professional baseball home.

After pitching a full collegiate campaign this spring, the Colorado native was initially assigned to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. In August, he was moved up to a more appropriate competition level, the Florida State League. The A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals are assigned to the same clubhouse Gonzales was back using as a member of the Cardinals instructional league camp this fall.

Because of his 2013 workload, totaling 130 innings across the three stops, Gonzales was not pitching in instructional league game action. As he explains in the following interview, he was using the time to work out and acclimate himself to the Cardinal way. As a related aside, when talking with Marco, his broad shoulders and well-developed upper body caught my attention.

In the following exclusive interview, Gonzales discusses his whirlwind 120 days since being drafted and more.


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