Gonzales confident heading into MLB Draft

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by KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 5:30 PM

SPOKANE -- Marco Gonzales made his mark at Gonzaga as one of the country's top two-way players. But it's his left arm that will likely make him a 1st round pick in this week's MLB Draft.

 

The two-time WCC Player of the Year and 2012 Pitcher of the Year says the weeks since the Bulldogs' season ended have been hectic. As Thursday's opening rounds approach he feels confident in the body of work he put together at Gonzaga.

Gonzales just wrapped up his junior year so there is the option of returning, but that is slim given the opportunity ahead of him. He is widely projected as a first round pick, and said Tuesday he thinks there is a serious possibility he'll go in the opening round.

The Fort Collins, Colorado native says he's spokane to most of the teams in the league, but that he has been in closer contact with about six. His discussions with the teams have been "nothing but positive".

"I feel like I've had a little bit of success, but the biggest thing is they like my attitude towards baseball," Gonzales said. "They like my passion for the game, and so that's a huge compliment."

If a team does pick up Gonzales in the 1st round he'll be the highest Zag taken since pitcher Clayton Mortensen went to the Cardinals 36th overall in 2007. He's now with the Red Sox.

Mortensen was the 6th player taken in the compensation round, between the 1st and 2nd rounds. Prior to 2007 the last Gonzaga player to go in the 1st round was Len Sakata in 1975.

The 2013 MLB Draft begins June 6th and wraps up June 8th.

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