June 6, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; General view of baseballs during batting practice prior to a game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
The 2012 Cape Cod Baseball League is underway. Gonzaga LHP and Ft. Collins native Marco Gonzales plays for the Falmouth Commodores this summer.
The state of Colorado produced the No. 4 overall picks in the 2012 MLB Draft in right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman (Grandview HS), though he went to LSU to work his way from a sixth-round pick in 2010 to the top of the draft two years later. Also drafted in 2010, Ft. Collins' LHP/INF Marco Gonzales went from being the Colorado Rockies' 29th round draft pick to joining the Gonzaga Bulldogs to possibly being a high draft pick in 2013. He started his summer baseball on Thursday in the Cape Cod League.
Playing for the Falmouth Commodores, Gonzales started as the designated hitter and batted fifth against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. It wasn't a great debut for him, as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The Commodores lost, 3-1, in the season opener. Remember, the Cape Cod League does use wooden bats as opposed to the BBCOR bats the NCAA uses.
It will take some time to see how well, or if he can, adjust to wooden bats, but Gonzales' future is more than likely to be as a lefty on the mound, as both MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo and ESPN Insider Keith Law believe over a year away from the 2013 draft.
Gonzales is 6 feet 1 and 185 pounds, according to his Gonzaga profile. During his sophomore year, Gonzales hit .325/.372/.437 with 10 doubles, 2 home runs and 29 RBI in 43 games. On the mound, made 12 starts and put up an 8-2 record with a 1.55 ERA. He threw three complete games and one shutout. In 92.2 innings, he struck out 92 batters and walked just 23 while holding opposing batters to 63 total hits. Nine doubles and three home runs account for all the extra-base hits he allowed in his sophomore season.