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Cards agree to terms with 19th overall pick Marco Gonzales

Jun 11, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

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Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Cardinals have agreed to terms on a contract with their first round pick from last week’s first-year player draft, Gonzaga left-hander Marco Gonzales.

Gonzales got $1.85 million, which is slightly under the recommended signing bonus for the 19th overall pick (which is where he was selected on Thursday night). Considered by many to be the most polished pitcher in this year’s draft class, Gonzales could move very quickly through the Cardinals’ farm system. He has a low-90s fastball and a well-developed changeup, which is a nice arsenal for a lefty.

The 21-year-old native of Fort Collins, Colorado posted a 2.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 96/25 K/BB ratio in 106 innings this season as a junior. He also hit .311 with a .375 on-base percentage in 167 at-bats.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Good. Now get him in a uniform and start getting him some innings.

    • paperlions - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      No huge hurry, I imagine. He threw 106 innings at Gonzaga already. Plenty of time to get him another 50 or so. They won’t lean hard on him, just like they only used Wacha for an inning or 2 at a time last summer after he pitched for A&M.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Good point. He should definitely be loose with all the innings he has thrown thus far.
        I guess more than anything…I want him joining the organization as soon as possible.
        To get acclimated if you will.

      • paperlions - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Agreed. The Cardinal seem to be very smart about that type of handling, creating an atmosphere that is professional (promoting maturity) without squeezing all the fun/life out of the experience.

      • paperlions - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Cards have also signed Mercado today to an over-slot deal…that is actually quite a bit over slot (by over $500,00). So they have their first 3 picks signed already. I really hope they can find room to sign Rivera, Collymoore, and Farinaro…those seem like the possibly toughest signs of their later draftees.

      • spudchukar - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Generally I agree with you on the Cards approach, but they drafted more for need this year, which may have been a wise decision when your minor league assets are so rich. With that in mind, perhaps Gonzales will get elevated quicker than usual. Left handed pitching, particularly relievers is an area of concern, and Gonzales might fit that role, and still keep his IP numbers under control.

      • paperlions - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Seigrest has been fantastic since they moved him to the pen this year. Totally tearing up AA, then AAA, and now has 8 Ks, 1 hit, and 1 BB over 3.1 IP in MLB. He looks like a real lefty option that can get out both LHB and RHB.

        Cardinals also signed Kaminsky today for the slot amount.

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