Saturday, October 30, 2004

Shaun Marcum Report

Shaun Marcum, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Drafted 80th Overall (3rd Rd), 2003 Draft, SW Missouri St
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'0", 180 lbs

His command is absolutely sick. In 79 Sally League innings, he only walked 16 batters while recording a 3.19 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 64 hits allowed. After moving up to the Florida State League, he only walked 4 batters in 69 1/3 innings while putting up 3.12 ERA with 72 K's and 74 hits allowed. He was a closer and a shortstop in college, and this was his first season as a starter. I think you could say that he did pretty well.

I'd say that he looks like a poor man's Zach Greinke, but Greinke is a couple years younger than Marcum, so the comparison probably illustrates how much of a freak Greinke is rather than the command of Marcum. Still, the skills are similar. He changes speeds effectively. He has multiple high quality pitches. And he has that freakish ability to never walk anybody.

ETA: 2006
4 Stars

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