Thursday, March 1, 2012

Meet A Prospect : Brett Marshall

Brett Marshall has been now labeled a tommy john survivor after going under the knife in 2009. This all came  after being drafted in the 6th round by the Yankees in 2008, the same draft that they snagged Manny Banuelos. He has a pretty good sinker and looks to be a middle of the rotation starter for his ceiling following a very solid year in High A Tampa last year. Some scouts have even said that he is our best pitching prospect outside of the guys that are currently in AAA, Banuelos, Betances, Mitchell, Warren, and Phelps. This was obviously before the trade for Jose Campos but still should tell you something about where he ranks with scouts in our deep system.

Marshall was named the 2008 All Greater Houston Player Of The Year by the Houston Chronicle with a pitching line of 10-2,  2.27 era and 116 K's as a senior. Did I mention that he also batted clean up that season putting up a hitting line of .440 with 10 HR's and 49 RBI's? He signed a letter of intent to Rice University but the Yankees and their printing press were enough to lure him out of Sterling Texas High School and straight to the pros. Brett also has a brother, Chris, who is serving in the Army so a big thanks goes to him for all that he does for us.

Marshall possesses two fastballs, a 4-seamer that sits in the mid 90's and can touch the upper 90's at times and a 2-seamer that sits in the low 90's but has tons of movement against right handed hitters. He also throws a slider which has tons of late movement and has recently started tinkering with a curveball. He is averaging about 3 walks per 9 for the command is an issue but he has not been pitching that long so there is definite room for improvement. I fully expect Marshall to make the jump to AA Trenton this season, his age 22 season.

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