Marco Gonzales
Marco Gonzales
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Seattle Mariners
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gonzales returned from Tommy John surgery last season, making 11 appearances (eight starts) with the Mariners after coming over from St. Louis in a July trade. The results were ugly, but the top estimators point to the lefty being at least a run better than his ERA would suggest (5.06 FIP, 4.46 xFIP, 4.48 SIERA). His strikeout rate was modest at 7.2 K/9 and Gonzales had trouble with the long ball (1.80 HR/9), but he posted a strong walk rate for the year (2.5 BB/9) and his numbers at Triple-A were solid. Gonzales was excellent in seven relief innings (24.1 K-BB percentage) and he finished strong overall, posting a 2.81 ERA in September. As things stand, Gonzales appears likely to serve as Seattle's swingman to open 2018. That puts him just an injury away from starts, and of course the top two arms in the Mariners' rotation (James Paxton and Felix Hernandez) have dealt with a slew of injuries in recent years. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with Cardinals in June 2013.
Five effective innings
PSeattle Mariners
September 27, 2018
Gonzales allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six across five scoreless innings Thursday against the Rangers. He did not factor into the decision.
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Gonzales ended his breakout 2018 campaign on a strong note, finding the strike zone with 50 of his 70 pitches while holding the Rangers without an extra-base hit. The 26-year-old found his footing in his first full season at the major-league level, ending the season with a 4.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while striking out 145 batters across 166.2 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .280 167 29 6 44 3 0 6
Since 2016vs Right .284 704 148 37 187 42 4 19
2018vs Left .263 121 18 3 30 3 0 4
2018vs Right .268 565 127 29 142 36 2 13
2017vs Left .326 46 11 3 14 0 0 2
2017vs Right .349 139 21 8 45 6 2 6
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.88 1.23 97.1 5 3 0 8.0 1.6 0.8
Since 2016Away 4.86 1.41 109.1 9 7 0 7.4 2.1 1.3
2018Home 3.63 1.20 79.1 5 3 0 8.7 1.8 0.5
2018Away 4.33 1.25 87.1 8 6 0 7.0 1.6 1.3
2017Home 5.00 1.39 18.0 0 0 0 5.0 0.5 2.5
2017Away 6.95 2.05 22.0 1 1 0 9.0 4.1 1.2
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Marco Gonzales compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
4.53
 
K/9
7.8
 
BB/9
1.7
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
90.1 mph
 
ERA
4.00
 
WHIP
1.22
 
BABIP
.323
 
GB/FB
1.67
 
Strand %
69.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After missing 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, Gonzales is unlikely to be back pitching in games until a month or two into the 2017 season. He will almost certainly spend time at Triple-A Memphis once healthy due to the fact that he is yet to impress in the majors and seemed to take a step back in the minors before he went under the knife. Over 14 starts with Memphis in 2015 (when he most recently pitched), Gonzales really struggled to retire the opposition, as batters hit .317 with him on the mound. He was much better at Triple-A in 2014, and it is possible his elbow was already an issue during his struggles in 2015. His stuff profiles better at the back of a big league rotation than in the bullpen, so he should continue to be developed as a starter, but given the Cardinals' rotation depth it is unclear when he will get a legitimate look in that role as long as he remains in this organization.
Gonzales’ proximity to the big leagues is the selling point and his lack of upside is a reason to look elsewhere in dynasty leagues. He will never be more than a No. 3 starter, and of course he’s far from a lock to actualize that ceiling. Assuming Carlos Martinez is over the shoulder issues that plagued him at the end of the year, Gonzales, Tim Cooney and Tyler Lyons are all on the outside looking in on the rotation heading into spring training. Gonzales had his own shoulder issues in the first half of last season, which may have contributed to his shaky run in the Pacific Coast League, but he will nonetheless be relying more on stuff and reputation than tangible success. Meanwhile, Cooney and Lyons can both point to successful, albeit brief runs in the MLB rotation last season, so Gonzales should enter camp as an underdog to serve as the first choice to fill in if someone in the rotation goes down with an injury.
Gonzales was terrific for the Cardinals when called upon in 2014, posting a 4.12 ERA in seven starts and striking out 39 in 43.2 innings. His xFIP of 2.94 shows just how good he was and going into his age-23 season, there's a lot for Cardinals fans and fantasy owners to be excited about. Arguably the organization's top pitching prospect entering 2014, Gonzales has a legitimate shot to crack the Cardinals' rotation in 2015 following the departure of Shelby Miller. He'll have to beat out fellow phenom Carlos Martinez along with oft-injured Jaime Garcia. Gonzales clearly has the talent to do so and if he gets the chance, he could be a great fantasy asset. However, the Cardinals could choose to develop Gonzales the same way they have Martinez, who was relegated to bullpen duties despite arguably being St. Louis' best pitcher last spring.
Gonzales was the Cardinals' first-round pick out of Gonzaga University in the 2013 draft. The lefty is a high-floor pitcher, but he doesn't have a ton of upside and could work his way to the majors late this season. In his first season as a professional, Gonzales posted a 2.70 ERA in 23.1 innings, striking out 23 while walking eight. It's an extremely small sample size, and the Cardinals will have a much better idea of what they have in the 22-year-old after a few months in Double-A, where he should start the 2014 season.
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Six strong innings
PSeattle Mariners
September 22, 2018
Gonzales (13-9) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three across six scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday against the Rangers.
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Strikes out six in five innings
PSeattle Mariners
September 16, 2018
Gonzales threw five innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Sunday, giving up three earned runs on six hits, striking out six and walking two in Seattle's eventual 4-3 defeat.
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Pitch count to be monitored
PSeattle Mariners
September 13, 2018
Gonzales will see his pitch count carefully monitored during his remaining starts, David Gottlieb of MLB.com reports. "I don't think you're going to see us extend him out to 100 pitches or anything like that," manager Scott Servais said. "But I think it is important he continues to finish out the season, finish out the month of September. This is uncharted waters for him."
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Allows one in no-decision
PSeattle Mariners
September 12, 2018
Gonzales allowed one run on four hits while recording two strikeouts over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Padres. He did not factor into the decision.
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Expected to be on pitch count
PSeattle Mariners
September 11, 2018
Gonzales is expected to be on a pitch count of about 75 pitches Tuesday against the Padres, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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