- Full name Michael Ryan Mariot
- Born 10/20/1988 in West Hills, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Nebraska
- Debut 04/11/2014
Drafted in the 8th round (239th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2010 (signed for $100,000).
View Draft ReportMichael Mariot was the best pitching prospect on the Cornhuskers this season. He has a 91-92 mph fastball that tops out at 94, though it's fairly straight and hittable. He also has an effective curveball and decent changeup, and he does a good job of throwing strikes and competing. Though he's just 6 feet and 195 pounds, he showed his durability by pitching into the seventh inning in each of his final 12 starts.
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As the Royals watched Mariot's stuff get better and better, it's been hard for them not to flash back to the development of current closer Greg Holland. Like Holland, Mariot is a short righthander drafted out of college. And like Holland, Mariot's stuff has improved as he's climbed the ladder. Mariot sat at 89-93 mph early in the 2013 season, but by the end he was consistently touching 98 with his fastball while also aggressively using his average slider. He mixes in a fringy curveball and a tick-below-average changeup. Mariot's control, an asset previously, wavered a little as he adjusted to his newfound velocity. He finished the year by giving up one unearned run in his final 21 innings and finished fifth among Triple-A Pacific Coast League relievers in strikeout rate (9.8 per nine innings). The former starter shared the Omaha closer job, but he worked two or more innings 11 different times. Added to the 40-man roster in November, Mariot will begin 2014 back at Triple-A but could work his way into a crowded Royals bullpen at some point.