2013 Draft Scouting Report: Marco Gonzales

When it comes to scouting for the draft, much of the hard work is done in the summer. That's why we're on the scene this summer, scouting the top amateur leagues and showcases. As part of our 2013 draft coverage, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know. Here's the latest report from the Cape Cod League, as we evaluate left-hander, Marco Gonzales.

Name: Marco Gonzales
Position: Pitcher
School: Gonzaga
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League


Physical Description

Gonzales is an outstanding athlete. He's strongly built in his upper body and is very agile overall. He's not all that physically imposing, with about an average size frame, but he has fairly long limbs and his athleticism makes up for his overall size.

Mechanics

Polish is the key word with Gonzales. He gathers very well at his balance point, and will even mix in a little hesitation in the leg kick from the stretch at times. His balance is a big strength and he creates a nice downward angle for the hitters to contend with.

Fastball

Gonzales is not going to overpower hitters at the professional level. But, he clearly has the life and movement to induce very weak contact and a lot of broken bats. He works at 88-91 mph, and tops out at 92 very frequently. It's his heavy two-seam movement that allows him to run the ball in on lefties and get grounder after grounder from righties. His command of his fastball down in the zone is particularly impressive.

Curveball

There's a couple different variations of Gonzales' breaking ball. He throws a harder version that he appears to refer to as his slider at 79-83 mph. His better offering is more of a sweeping lefty hook at 75-77 mph. It's a fringe pitch right now that he has a good feel for. He can likely tighten it up a little and this should be an average pitch.

Changeup

The changeup is what Gonzales is all about. Before you see him throw it, you could argue that his stuff is fringe. His changeup is a legitimate plus pitch, however, and a pitch that will get him swings and misses against righties at any level. The fade and diving action is outstanding, as is his arm speed. And, thrown at 76-78 mph, the differential is extremely impressive.

Summation

The last couple drafts we've had two-way lefties with some polish that went in the first round. They were Sean Gilmartin and Brian Johnson. Gonzales looks like the next one in line. He's impressed at the plate, but for now his future looks to be on mound. He's not a front end starter, but his plus changeup, average fastball, and outstanding command and pitchability should make a good third starter in the big leagues.

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