The two most prominent graduates of the Rocky Mountain High School baseball program are off to strong starts in spring training.
Marco Gonzales, the lefthanded pitcher who was the St. Louis Cardinals’ No. 1 draft pick in 2013, is trying to bounce back after an injury-plagued 2015.
This weekend he struck out six batters and allowed three singles in three scoreless innings of a spring training game in Florida against Washington.
So far in spring, the 2010 Rocky Mountain graduate has a 1.35 ERA in 6.2 innings. Gonzales is in the mix to break camp on the MLB roster.
Also thriving is Andy Burns, the infielder in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Burns, a 2008 graduate of Rocky Mountain, is a non-roster invite to Toronto’s MLB camp. He’s played in 12 games so far and has six hits in 16 at-bats (.375 average), two doubles, a triple and five RBIs. He hit a three-run home run in a win over the Yankees last week.
Burns spent most of last season in Triple A with the Buffalo Bisons.
He’s likely to start the season back in Buffalo, but with his ability to play multiple infield positions, he would be a strong candidate for promotion if there’s an injury at the MLB level.
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