Marco Elias Gonzales…lives with wife, Monica, in Seattle…played 3 seasons (2011-13) at Gonzaga University, compiling a record 26-7 with a 2.34 ERA…is highest draft pick (19th overall) in Gonzaga baseball program history…two-time West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year; earned the honors as a freshman (2011) and as a junior (2013), sharing with Kris Bryant (Univ. of San Diego) both years…as a junior in 2013, earned John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year honors…pitched for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2012, winning a Bronze medal...won four Colorado 5A State Championships while in high school at Rocky Mountain High School…father, Frank, played collegiately and was a 16th round draft pick of Detroit in 1989.
Totals - Was 1-1 with 6.08 ERA (27 ER, 40.0 IP) in 11 games, including 8 starts with St. Louis (1 G) and Seattle (10 G)... Strong Finish - Was 1-0 with 2.81 ERA (5 ER, 16.0 IP) and 17 strikeouts in 5 games, including 2 starts in September…in first 6 appearances, all starts, he was 0-1 with an 8.25 ERA (22 ER, 24.0 IP) with 15 strikeouts.... Seattle Debut - Made Mariners debut on Aug. 6 at Kansas City, getting a no-decision despite leaving with a 7-2 lead but did not complete 5.0 innings... Trade - Acquired from St. Louis in exchange for minor leaguer Tyler O'Neill (of) on July 21... Tacoma Time - Made 2 starts with AAA Tacoma, going 2-0 with 4.50 ERA (6 ER, 12.0 IP) while striking out 9…both of his starts were quality starts... AAA Recap - Combined with AAA Memphis (11) and AAA Tacoma (2), was 8-4 with a 3.14 ERA (28 ER, 80.1 IP) with 66 strikeouts in 13 combined starts... Memphis Man - Was 6-4 with 2.90 ERA (22 ER, 68.1 IP) with 57 strikeouts with Memphis... Brief - Made one start for St. Louis in second game of doubleheader on June 13 vs. Milwaukee... Beach Time - Made one start with High-A Palm Beach (STL) on May 7 vs. Lakeland.
Missed the entire season after undergoing ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow on 4/15. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Missed significant time on the disabled list with a left pectoral muscle injury...opened the season at Memphis (AAA) and made three starts before landing on the disabled list on 4/21 ...activated 5/9 and made just three starts again before going on the D.L. a second time (5/21-7/9)...made two starts each at Palm Beach (High-A, 7/10 & 7/13) and Springfield (AA, 7/17 & 7/22) upon being activated from the D.L. on 7/10...did not allow an earned run (2R) in the combined 11.1 innings in those starts... recalled to St. Louis on 9/1 and started vs. WSH that night; allowed 4 runs in 2.2 IP and was optioned to Memphis (AAA) the next day...rated as the 16th-best prospect in the Pacific Coast League by Baseball America and the 5th-best prospect in the Cardinals organization.
Played at four different levels in his first full professional season, starting at Palm Beach (A), then moving on to Springfield (AA), before making his Major League debut with St. Louis and also pitching for Memphis (AAA)...Appeared in 31 games, making 26 starts, to post a 13-7 record with a 2.81 ERA in 156.2 innings with 148 strikeouts, combining his Major League and minor league time...Was purchased by St. Louis and made his Major League debut in front of home state crowd at Coors Field in Colorado on June 25 pitching 5.0 innings for a no decision, in a game the Cardinals eventually won. Doubled in his first MLB at bat...Ranked T7th among National League rookies with four wins...Earned his first Major League win and his first quality start, pitching 6.0 innings and allowing only one run in a start vs. CHI on 8/30 in Game 2 of a DH, after having been recalled as the 26th man on the roster...Finished the season winning his last four decisions, ranking T7th among National League pitchers. Won six straight decisions from 8/30 through Game 4 of the National League Division Series...Struck out a career-high nine batters vs. COL (9/14) in 5.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits in 97 pitches en route to a win...Did not allow more than two runs in any MLB start or relief appearance after his July 1 start at San Francisco...Batted .300 (3-10) with two doubles, T9th among MLB pitchers in doubles...Was T1st with Jacob deGrom (NYM) for most doubles (2) among rookie pitchers and T3rd among rookie pitchers with three hits...Ranked among Cardinals minor league pitching leader in wins (9, T5th), strikeouts (117, T4th), ERA (2.43, 3rd) and opponent BA (.238, 3rd). Collectively was 9-5 with a 2.43 ERA over 21 starts in the minors in 2014 (Palm Beach, Springfield, Memphis)...Named Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.67 ERA in five starts (30.1 IP)...Named Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 9-16, striking out a career-high 10 over 6.0 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits vs. Northwest Arkansas (6/13)...Selected to the Texas League All-Star North Squad, but did not play due to promotion to St. Louis...Made 12 quality starts in the minors, registering a quality start in each of the 12 outings he pitched 6.0 innings or more...Struck out seven or more batters nine times, recording a 10.7 strikeouts/9 IP while in Springfield (46 K/38.2 IP)...Rated as the No. 1 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America. Listed as having the "Best Changeup" in the Cardinals organization in Baseball America's "Best Tools" survery...Appeared in six postseason games, all in relief...Won two games in the National League Division Series, becoming the 23rd pitcher in Major League history to win two games in a Division Series and the fourth Cardinals pitcher - joining Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Jeff Fassero...Earned a win in his first postseason appearance coming on in relief in Game 1 of the NLDS at LA (10/3)...Also earned a win in relief in Game 4 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium to clinch the series win...Appeared in three games in the NLCS vs. SF, taking the loss in Game 4, surrendering three runs in 0.2 innings...had made five straight scoreless postseason appearances going into Game 4...led all 2014 rookie pitchers with two wins in the postseason...Became the 4th rookie pitcher in postseason history to win two games in a Division Series joining Dave Righetti (1981, NYY), Jaret Wright (1997, CLE) and Francisco Rodriguez (2002, ANA)...His six postseason appearances were 3rd most by a rookie in the 2014 postseason trailing only Hunter Strickland (8, SF) and Brandon Finnegan (7, KC).
Made eight appearances and six starts between the Gulf Coast League (R) and Palm Beach (A)...did not collect a decision in his first season of professional baseball going 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA, while holding opposing batters to a .212 (18-85) average... struck out 23 batters over 23.1 innings for an 8.87 strikeouts/9 IP mark...at Palm Beach posted a solid reverse split and held right-handed batters to a .148 BA (9-61)...was very effective with runners on base, holding the opposition to a .194 BA (7-36)...did not allow a first inning run in any of his starts in the Florida State League...struck out five batters accounting for all the outs in a relief appearance vs. GCL Mets (7/29)...rated as the No. 5 prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America and listed as having the "Best Changeup" in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America's "Best Tools" survey.