PP 2004 Scouting Report: RP, Sam Marsonek
RHP, Sam Marsonek
RHP, Sam Marsonek

Posted Mar 14, 2004


The New York Yankees acquired right handed pitcher Sam Marsonek from the Texas Rangers organization in December of 1999. The deal also involved pitcher Brandon Knight being sent to the Yankees and Chad Curtis being sent to the Rangers in return. Marsonek was drafted in the first round by Texas back in 1996 (24th overall) but struggled for most of his time in the Texas organization. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Vital Statistics
Name: Sam Marsonek
Position: Pitcher
DOB: July 10, 1978
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Place of Residence: Tampa, Florida
How Acquired: The New York Yankees acquired right handed pitcher Sam Marsonek from the Texas Rangers along with pitcher Brandon Knight in exchange for outfielder Chad Curtis.

Sam Marsonek earned as much recognition as he could possibly get coming out of High School in 1996 and was expecting to receive a a high draft choice. Marsonek became nearly a legendary figure at Jesuit high school and since he graduated, every good pitcher that the school has had gets compared to him. When draft day finally rolled around in 1996, Marsonek was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (24th overall) but ended up having to face an extremely difficult decision. He had already stated that he was willing to attend the University of Florida. Negotiations were ongoing with Texas and just as it seemed that Marsonek would be headed to the University of Florida, the Rangers signed him.

The Texas organization was persistent in the negotiations with Marsonek, and were convincing enough to pull him away from his top choice of going to college. So, Marsonek set out on his minor league career at the age of 19 years old and was assigned to the Rangers affiliate in Pulaski.

Marsonek did not have nearly the type of season in 1997, that he would have hoped for and came to expect after a stellar high school career. He struggled mightily with Pulaski, going 7-3 with a lofty 5.02 ERA over 71.2 innings pitched mostly as a starter. Towards the end of the season, Marsonek was moved to the Rangers Charlotte affiliate where his season continued to get even worse. He compiled a horrendous 7.56 ERA in 8 innings pitched.

For obvious reasons, Marsonek along with the Rangers were hopeful that he would be able to turn himself around and be able to become the great pitcher that they believed he could be. Things continued to get worse for him in the next couple of seasons. His 1998 season was overrun with elbow injuries and he had possibly his worse season of his career up until that point in 1999. The 21 year old had a rough season, going a 3-9 with a 5.54 ERA in what would be his final season in the Ranger organization.

At this point, the Texas Rangers started to doubt the abilities of their former first round draft pick and began to shop him on the open trade market in the winter after the '99 season. The team got an offer from the New York Yankees that they were willing to take in mid-December, and when it was all said and done they had shipped Marsonek along with Brandon Knight to the Yankees in exchange for outfielder Chad Curtis.

The 2000 season with the Yankees middle A affiliate in Greensboro brought similar unsuccessful results for Marsonek when he posted a 6-7 record with a 4.25 ERA. However, mostly because of his age (23), he was still promoted to high A Tampa for the 2001 season and for the first time in his minor league career, Marsonek had a very successful season. He had an impressive 5 complete games for Tampa with an 8-8 record while posting a 3.51 ERA. Strangely enough though, Marsonek did not enjoy the same success in his next season when he was promoted to AA Norwich for the 2002 season. He put up a 5.01 ERA while going 5-8 for the season.

For the 2003 season, Marsonek was promoted to AAA Columbus but the organization had decided that since he had only had limited success out of the starting role, they would put his 6'6" frame into the closers role. However, even though Marsonek racked up 18 saves, he still put up a bloated 4.48 ERA in 83.2 innings pitched. The Yankee organization has had a lot of patience with the now 25 year old Marsonek and has even added him to the big league 40 man roster, but time may be starting to run out for tall right-hander and he must start to really show his talent next season in order to retain the teams confidence in him.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2003

Columbus

4-4

18

83.2

84

31

57

4.84

2002

Norwich

5-8

0

100.2

111

34

75

5.01

2001

Tampa

8-8

0

138.1

128

39

120

3.51

2000

Greensboro

6-7

0

114.1

114

51

78

4.25

1999

Charlotte

3-9

0

91

111

27

61

5.54

1998

Savannah

0-0

0

7

7

3

4

3.86

1998

GCL Rangers

0-0

0

5

2

0

2

0.00

1997

Charlotte

0-2

0

8.1

14

2

7

7.56

1997

Pulaski

7-3

0

71.2

90

20

65

5.02


*Stats as of 9/7/03

Repertoire. Fastball, Slider.

Fastball. Marsonek flashes a power fastball that has been clocked upwards of 96 miles per hour on the radar gun. His 6'6" frame makes him a menacing presence on the mound along with his great heater. His fastball makes him a typical closer type and he is also able to locate it fairly well also.

Other Pitches. For the most part, Marsonek is a two pitch pitcher which is probably why he never had much success as a starter. Besides his fastball, he has a hard, nasty slider that he uses as his primary strikeout pitch. If he can just learn to have slightly better command with this pitch, he could end up being a successful pitcher.

Pitching. Sam Marsonek is a natural power pitcher as a benefit of his huge frame and can be an imposing figure on the mound. With the stuff he has, many expect that he should be a bit more of a strikeout pitcher than he has been early in his career. Needs to learn to locate his pitches much better if he ever wants to be a successful major league pitcher.

Projection. As of now, Marsonek has seemed to have become more or less a relief pitcher for the rest of his career and will likely never be pitching out of the starting role again. Many say that he has the stuff to be a closer but he needs to greatly improve his command within the strike zone. If he improves upon his flaws he could still be a setup reliever or closer.

ETA. 2004. Marsonek is on the Yankees 40 man roster for 2004 and could get a shot to earn a spot in the big league bullpen in Spring Training.

Relief Pitchers

2003 Team

Scott Proctor

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Sam Marsonek

AAA - Columbus Clippers

David Shepard

AAA - Columbus Clippers

Adam Roller AA - Trenton Thunder
Rik Currier AA - Trenton Thunder
Charlies Isaacson AA - Trenton Thunder
Francisco Villegas AA - Trenton Thunder
Matt Brumit A - Battle Creek Yankees
Jason Stephens R - Gulf Coast Yankees
Tyler Clippard R - Gulf Coast Yankees


COMMENTS


As of right now, it seems that the Yankee organization is much more interested in instant satisfaction especially when it comes to their bullpen in which they have spent top dollar to improve upon this past winter. Rather than try to develop the next Mariano Rivera, (the only Yankee reliever that came from the farm system) they have consistently gone out and have benefited from the free agent, trade and foreign markets. However, with older and more fragile pitchers in the pen, the Yankees may be looking for their young guns in the farm system to step up and play major roles in the next few years.

1. Scott Proctor- Had an impressive minor league career in the Dodger organization and didn't miss a beat after he was acquired by the Yankees. He possesses a 100 mile per hour fastball and has tremendous strikeout potential as he proved in his 2003 stats. In his time with Columbus in 2003, Proctor posted a 1.42 and struck out an incredible 26 batters in only 19 IP (just with Yankees). Has electric stuff and could be a very good big league reliever in the near future.

2. Sam Marsonek- Marsonek took over the full time closers job in Columbus last year and did an adequate job by racking up a total of 18 saves and posting a 4.84 ERA. He struggled at some points with control and consistency but certainly has a lot of potential.

3. David Shepard- It may be getting a little late for David Shepard, considering the fact that is already 30 years old and 2003 was his first good season in the Yankee organization. However, don't give up on him quite yet, he could still be an effective reliever in the majors if he continues to pitch well in the minors.

4. Adam Roller- The 25 year old righty has collected 47 minor league saves in his 7 seasons in the minor leagues. In his best season in 2001, he compiled 23 saves while posting a 1.20 ERA. He may be sleeper in the organization and could be a guy to watch in the very near future.

5. Rik Currier- Since his college years, the Yankee organization has more or less converted him to a full time reliever. He has a deep repertoire for a reliever which also adds to his effectiveness. In college he was #2 in the USC rotation to star Cubs pitcher Mark Prior and at the time scouts considered that his skills were comparable to Prior's. Their paths ended up being very different but there is no doubt that Currier certainly has all the potential in the world.

6. Charlie Isaacson- Has shown himself to be a very solid and consistent relief pitcher at a every level that he has pitched on, which includes pitching in Battle Creek, Tampa, and Trenton all in the same season. He may have a very nice future ahead of him as a major league pitcher if all continues as it has been in his career.

7. Francisco Villegas- he is a very good strikeout pitcher that has pitched as a setup man throughout his minor league career. Despite this, scouts believe that he could also make a very solid closer with the excellent fastball that he has.

8. Matt Brumit- Brumit has become the full time closer at every level he has played at in the organization and has done a fantastic job at it. In his 2 seasons in the organization he has compiled an outstanding total of 46 saves.

9. Jason Stephens- Had a rough go of it in his first year n the organization, posting a 4.55 ERA and going 0-2. On the other hand, he is still thought of as one of the top relief pitching prospects in the organization.

10. Tyler Clippard- Was the Yankees 9th round pick in the 2003 Draft. He had a very solid season in the Gulf Coast, compiling an impressive 2.89 ERA with an outstanding 56 strikeouts in only 43.2 IP while only walking 5. Clippard thrived as a relief pitcher and impressed many, but despite his endless potential he still needs a lot of work before he is a major league ready.

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