By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
April 22, 2013
Marco Gonzales is seen here. Watch the video and I’ll see what I have to say.
I didn’t see this guy on what I would consider a good day, even though I had never seen him before. What I had in that look was a guy who couldn’t establish the fastball enough to bring his change into the game, which meant he couldn’t pitch off the fastball and it made both pitches play down. So that’s what you get on a bad day, and on a bad day in the big leagues with this set of variables, you’re nursing a beer at your locker by the third inning.
You could see him good and arrive at the exact opposite conclusion — he’s got an average fastball with average to plus control, mostly straight and a little sink. The change is the difference and he doesn’t really have a breaking ball I trust, and if he does, it’ll be a slider, but he’s going to lack the arm speed for a hard slider, which means it’s going to be a little slurvy until he figures out how to define it better so it doesn’t look like it’s the same speed as the change.
Overall, I get why you’d take him, but I see a guy with a limited ceiling for this kind of pitcher. I saw Noah Lowry back in college and in high school, for that matter, back in the day, and Noah had a better straight change and a better arm than this guy has. So take your pick, see what you get, but if he can’t pitch off that fastball, it’s awfully hard to get by pitching backwards against real hitters. Yeah I know, I’m a real bummer. So are professional hitters.