Minor League Watch List: Marco Gonzales
After this spring we all know who Marco Gonzales is. Marco had a very impressive spring and is looking to carry that momentum into the season. Yesterday it was announced that Carlos Martinez would be the Cardinals 5th starter in the rotation and that Marco Gonzales will start the season in the minors. While some think that’s insane and are enraged by the decision, I think it’s a good decision. Something that looking down the road will help in the long run.
First let’s look at the numbers. Last season Marco pitched 34.2 innings, had a 4-2 record with a 4.15 ERA, and fanned 31 batters along the way. It was a promising looking season, the ERA was maybe a little higher than you would like but for a 22 year old in the majors it was certainly nothing to complain about. This spring gives Cardinals fans hope of what could soon come. Marco had 4 starts this spring with a 3-0 record and 1.04 ERA to go with it. Fans wanted him as the 5th starter, but Memphis is not a bad place.
The thing that obviously should hop out at you is spring training is spring training. Don’t get me wrong, there is much talent in spring training and what Marco has done in March is certainly no fluke. That still doesn’t change the fact that you’re not facing the same kind of competition you would be in the majors. Marco Gonzales should carry this momentum into Memphis and tear up the Triple A competition. If he can do this then he’s an injury or misstep away from being called to the majors. For those who want him in the MLB, don’t worry, there’s no need to rush an up and comer.