With the 19th pick in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, the Cardinals selected lefthander Marco Gonzales out of Gonzaga University.

Gonzales, who was 7-3 with a 2.80 ERA in his senior season, was rated No. 28 by Baseball America in their top 500 prospects. He features a fastball that ranges between 88-91 mph, but his out pitch is his changeup, as BA claims it is “the best in this year’s class.”

Standing at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Gonzales also features a cutter and a curveball.

"Scouts love Gonzales' makeup and he could move quickly through the minor leagues," the scouting report on BA says. "With his frame, stuff and athleticism he has earned comparisons to Jason Vargas."

Baseball has always been a part Gonzales' life, as BA points out that “his father Frank was a lefthander who played eight years in the minor leagues and is the Rockies' short-season pitching coach this season.”

This year, the Cardinals have a commissioner assigned bonus of $6.9 million. Their 19th pick has a suggested slot of $2,055,800.

The Cardinals have another first round pick at No. 28, and pick again in the second round at No. 57.