Marco Gonzales
Marco Gonzales
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gonzales enjoyed a bounce-back season with Seattle thanks in part to a new cutter that gave him another weapon to attack righties. Righties crushed him in St. Louis in 2017 to the tune of .346/.388/.566, so Gonzales added a cutter and that slash line improved to .266/.309/.418 last season. His 4.00 ERA feels out of place for a pitcher with a 1.22 WHIP and a 16.5 K-BB%. Gonzales does not have another level when it comes to strikeouts, but the improving walk rate is encouraging for him since he averages more than a hit allowed per inning. As long as he can limit his walks, the extra hits get offset. The innings spike looks greater than it was -- Gonzales logged 126.1 innings between the minors and majors in 2017 in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. There is some concern for a letdown in 2019, but Gonzales has job security and a favorable home park, so he's at least in the mix as a streamer. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $1.9 million contract with the Mariners in November of 2018.
Loses second straight start
PSeattle Mariners
May 17, 2019
Gonzales (5-3) took the loss in Friday's 7-1 loss to the Twins, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three batters.
Gonzales did not have his best stuff Friday, as he allowed 10 baserunners for the third time in 11 starts this year. The left-hander's ERA rose to 3.65 in the loss, and he also has a 1.35 WHIP with 45 strikeouts in 61.2 innings this season. Gonzales is scheduled to face the Rangers on Wednesday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .286 222 36 10 59 5 0 6
Since 2017vs Right .279 914 186 51 237 55 5 25
2019vs Left .306 55 7 4 15 2 0 0
2019vs Right .262 210 38 14 50 13 1 6
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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Since 2017Home 3.88 1.28 130.0 8 5 0 7.7 1.8 0.8
Since 2017Away 4.55 1.38 138.1 11 8 0 7.2 2.3 1.3
2019Home 3.86 1.41 32.2 3 2 0 6.6 2.5 0.6
2019Away 3.41 1.28 29.0 2 1 0 6.5 2.8 1.2
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
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Takes loss against Red Sox
PSeattle Mariners
May 12, 2019
Gonzales (5-2) allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks during a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.
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Pitches gem in no-decision
PSeattle Mariners
May 7, 2019
Gonzales allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk across six innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Tuesday.
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Handed first loss in short outing
PSeattle Mariners
May 1, 2019
Gonzales (5-1) took the loss against the Cubs on Wednesday by giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits over only 1.2 innings. He struck out two and walked three.
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Moves to 5-0
PSeattle Mariners
April 25, 2019
Gonzales (5-0) picked up the win against the Rangers on Thursday, scattering six hits and no runs over seven strong innings, striking out nine with no walks in the Mariners' 14-2 victory.
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Quality start in no-decision
PSeattle Mariners
April 19, 2019
Gonzales allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Friday.
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