JUPITER, Fla. • The last time a collegiate pitcher drafted in the first round came into a Cardinals’ camp the next spring, the Michael Wacha story began to unfold.
On Thursday, lefthander Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals’ top pick in 2013, took his first turn off the bullpen mound at the Cardinals’ complex.
It would be a little much to expect Gonzales to match Wacha, but pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said, ”He’s got nice stuff. He hides the ball well and seems to have pretty good command and he has an assortment of off-speed pitches. There’s some deception there because he’s so compact.”
Gonzales, who is listed as 6 feet tall and 185 pounds, was the 19th overall selection in the draft after his college career at Gonzaga.
‘IZZY’ IN THE HOUSE
Jason Isringhausen, the club’s career leader in saves (217), arrived in camp as an unofficial pitching instructor and is hopeful of being a roving coach through the minor-league system this year.
Isringhausen has been a volunteer assistant at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville since he retired from the Los Angeles Angels two years ago.