The Colorado Rockies drafted pitcher Marco Gonzales in the 29th round of the amateur draft in 2010, but he did not sign with the team.
He was selected 19th overall in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and scout Matt Swanson after attending Gonzaga University.
He signed for a $1.85 million bonus soon after. He was a two-way player at Gonzaga and a major league hitter prospect, but the Cardinals elected to make him a full-time pitcher instead.
On July 8th, he made his pro debut for the GCL Cardinals. In 8 games and 23 1/3 innings on the mound with the Palm Beach Cardinals that season, he had a total ERA of 2.70 and no decisions.
He began the 2014 season with Palm Beach, going 2-2 with a 1.43 ERA in six appearances.
He was promoted to the AA Texas League’s Springfield Cardinals on May 17th, where he went 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA in seven starts before getting the call to “The Show.”
He was the first player selected in the first round of the previous year’s draft to reach the major leagues when he made his debut on June 25th as the Cardinals’ starting pitcher against the Colorado Rockies, though a player selected in the supplemental first round, Corey Knebel, had preceded him by a few days.
In 5 innings, he gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, however he was not involved in the decision that day. Yohan Flande, his Rockies opponent, was also making his debut, despite being in his ninth season of professional baseball.
He made 10 appearances for the Cardinals, including five starts, totaling 34 2/3 innings with a 4.15 ERA and a 4-2 record.
How Old Is Marco Gonzales?
Marco Gonzales is 30 years old. He was born on February 16, 1992.