Class: HS Senior
Hometown: San Marcos, California
Born: July 8, 1994
Gonsalves drew some attention from ESPN during the final month of the 2012 high school season for his outstanding performance in the CIF San Diego Section Division III championship game, where he tossed a complete-game, struck out eight and picked up the victory. For the season, the lanky lefty went 10-0 with 79 strikeouts in 66 innings.
Gonsalves has packed on 15 pounds since the start of the 2012 season, so he’s now checking in at 6’5” and 205 pounds. Gonsalves resembles a few other lefties who have come down the pipe over the past few years, namely Tyler Skaggs. Like Skaggs, Gonsalves has a good idea of what he’s doing on the mound and he’s not just a thrower.
Right now his fastball sits in the low 90s, but with some more bulk and continued refinement of his throwing motion he could eventually reach the high 90s. His curveball improved dramatically this past season and now looks as if it’s going to be a worthy offering. Gonsalves shares similar traits to last year’s top high school arm Lucas Giolito, save for the fact that he’s a lefty.
Gonsalves is an exceptional athlete who has played a good amount of centerfield when not on the mound for Cathedral, so consider his fielding ability a plus.
Fastball: 88-92 mph
Curveball: 78-83 mph
Changeup: 80-84 mph
***Projected Draft Slot: Middle-to-Late First Round***