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Snake Byte Appraisals: Evan Marshall

How did the Snake Pit grade Evan Marshall's performance in 2014?

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Strengths:

"He was the best of four rookie relief pitchers that the Diamondbacks used in 2014." (Makakilo)

"He’s got some serious ice in those veins to come in with runners on base and pitch out the inning without giving up those runs. And he came into those innings alot."(ssponcel)

"Had a higher BABIP than Brandon McCarthy so, while Marshall put more runners on than you’d like to see from a setup fixture, there’s nothing phony about the sub 3 ERA." (Diamondhacks)

Weaknesses:

"I’ll give him a four, only because his ops against was essentially league average..." (Diamondhacks)

Towards 2015:

"He’s bright. He’s young. He’s extremely competitive. He learned to get out hitters at the MLB level in 2014. We are really lucky to have him continue to develop over the next 3 years. He could be a lock down closer at the MLB level if he gets more coaching." (ford.williams.10)

" The speed of his fastball is a distinquished characteristic that will be valuable to the team." (Makakilo)

Comment of the thread:

I had to use my own judgment here on this one since the recs weren't really coming in for any of the comments in the thread.

Ops against function of .356 babip

I think he gets even better. Nice combination of high K and high Gb rates

The high babip is mostly because of high babip against in line drives, ( higher than avg) and alot of those line drives were doubles. A little better command inside the strike zone and a few less gap splitters and his ERA is in the low 2,s

Or since he’s a reliver he completeky sucks next year……..you just never know…..but i will lean to the above paragraph. (shoewizard)

The tally:

  • 5 - Highly satisfied: 78%
  • 4 - Fairly satisfied: 20%
  • 3 - Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied: 1%
  • 2 - Somewhat dissatisfied: 1%
  • 1 - Very dissatisfied: 0%

The Scoreboard

  1. Evan Marshall: 4.76 (119 votes)
  2. Josh Collmenter: 4.71 (151)
  3. Paul Goldschmidt: 4.64 (168)
  4. Ender Inciarte: 4.51 (111)
  5. Chase Anderson: 4.18 (161)
  6. Eury de la Rosa: 3.63 (91)
  7. Tuffy Gosewisch: 3.50 (113)
  8. Jake Lamb 3.31 (115 votes)
  9. Didi Gregorius: 2.75 (106)
  10. Mike Bolsinger: 2.67 (117)
  11. Bronson Arroyo: 2.63 (125)
  12. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  13. Randall Delgado: 2.25 (122)
  14. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  15. Trevor Cahill: 1.07 (147)

Marshall leaps to the top of the scoreboard and, given the names already covered, is very likely to retain that position through to the end. With nearly 80% of respondents stating they were very satisfied with Marshall in 2014, it's clear to see he was one of the few bright spots in 2014 for the Diamondbacks, pitching or otherwise. Given Marshall's success in 2014, it's pretty easy to predict that he will be given every chance to further establish himself as a high leverage reliever for the Diamondbacks in 2015.