Former AppleSox Marco Gonzales Makes MLB Debut

Former All-WCL first-teamer Marco Gonzales of the Wenatchee AppleSox made his Major League Baseball debut for St. Louis yesterday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado vs. the Colorado Rockies. His appearance was televised live on MLB Network.

The southpaw went 5 innings allowing 5 runs on 7 hits while walking two and striking out 3 in the Cardinals’ 9-6 win at Colorado.

Marco pitched and played first base for the Sox in 2010, and led the WCL in strikeouts. He would later star at Gonzaga.

Hardy made his MLB debut on Monday, June 16 vs. the Kansas City Royals. Blaine pitched for Wenatchee in 2006 and the Bend Elks in 2007. Hardy has made five appearances to date and struck out 7 over 6 innings pitched while posting a 1.50 ERA for the division-leading Tigers.

Several alums of WCL teams have appeared in the big leagues in 2014 including outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury of Boston, first baseman Chris Davis of Baltimore, starting pitcher Bud Norris of Baltimore, starting pitcher Jason Hammel of the Chicago Cubs, starting pitcher Tommy Milone of Oakland, second baseman Eric Sogard of Oakland, relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski of Cleveland, catcher Chris Stewart of Pittsburgh, infielder Brent Morel of Pittsburgh, outfielder Cole Gillespie of Seattle, relief pitcher Evan Reed of Detroit, relief pitcher Jim Henderson of Milwaukee, outfielder Nyjer Morgan of Cleveland, starting pitcher James Paxton of Seattle, pitcher Stephen Fife of the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitcher Jeff Francis of Oakland and first baseman Sean Halton of Milwaukee.