The Cardinals have announced that they have purchased the contract of LHP Marco Gonzales; the 22 year-old will make his MLB debut today against the Colorado Rockies. In corresponding moves, the Cardinals have moved RHP Joe Kelly to the 60-day DL and designed SS Pete Kozma for assignment.
Gonzales was the first round pick of the Cardinals in 2013 (19th overall) and will bypass Triple A; he’s on the same career path as Michael Wacha.
Gonzales has been having a great year prior to this promotion. Between Palm Beach (Hi A) and Springfield (AA), he was 5-4 in 13 starts; he has 78 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. Gonzales was named to the Texas League All Star team and the U.S. team for the 2014 Futures Game.
Gonzales is a Colorado native (Fort Collins), so he’ll be making his debut in front of friends and family. Included in that group is his father Frank, who is the pitching coach for the Rockies short-season A team; the Rockies are flying Frank in for the game.
Kelly has been on the DL since straining his hamstring back in April. He’s been slowly working his way back and could make a rehab assignment in the next few weeks. His current estimated return is mid-July.
Kozma went from starting shortstop on a World Series team to minor league utility player in the span of 6 months. Kozma’s offense in 2013 was sub-replacement level and cause the team to sign Jhonny Peralta to a multi-year deal. Kozma was just recalled to the Major League team Monday. The Cardinals have 10 days to trade or release the shortstop before they either lose him to waivers or send him to Memphis.