Former Rocky Mountain High School pitcher Marco Gonzales will begin the 2016 baseball season in Triple A.
The lefty St. Louis Cardinals prospect was optioned to Memphis, the Cardinals’ top minor league team, on Monday after a spring training start.
He has a 4.66 ERA with six strikeouts in 9.2 innings pitched in spring training. Gonzales will serve as the top starter in Memphis and first in line for a call-up to Major League Baseball if someone in the Cardinals rotation is hurt or struggles.
Gonzales was the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2013 and battled shoulder troubles most of last season. He was the winning pitcher in four straight state title games for Rocky Mountain from 2007-10.
Burns still playing well — As a non-roster invitee to the Toronto Blue Jays spring training, former Rocky Mountain star Andy Burns is still playing well. In 21 at-bats, the versatile infielder has seven hits (.333 average), eight runs scored, a home run and five RBIs.
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