- Full name Evan Patrick Marshall
- Born 04/18/1990 in Sunnyvale, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 235 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Kansas State
- Debut 05/06/2014
Drafted in the 4th round (124th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 (signed for $232,500).
View Draft ReportThe state of Kansas could have as many as seven college pitchers taken in the first 10 rounds, and Marshall has become the top righthanded prospect in the group after excelling as a set-up man this spring. He began last season in Kansas State's rotation, but his stuff has played up significantly this year when he has come out of the bullpen. After pitching in the high 80s as a starter, he has worked at 93-94 mph while teaming with James Allen to give the Wildcats the best bullpen tandem in the Big 12 Conference. His hard slider gives him a second plus pitch, and his lack of a reliable changeup isn't a handicap as a reliever. Marshall isn't big at 6-foot-1 and 207 pounds, and he throws with some effort, often flying open in his delivery. He still throws strikes, and he has a loose, resilient arm that has allowed him to top out at 96 mph even when used on consecutive days. He profiles more as a set-up man than a closer but should get to the majors quickly.
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A starter at Kansas State before moving to the bullpen as a junior in 2011, Marshall signed for $232,500 as a fourth-round pick and has moved quickly through the system, reaching Triple-A Reno in 2013. Scouts project him to have enough stuff to pitch at the back of a bullpen. Marshall throws a big, 92-96 mph fastball with heavy sink and a hard, true curveball. His funky delivery features a deceptive body turn and a three-quarters arm slot. When Marshall fails to execute his pitch, he often misses down because of the natural sink, so his mistakes tend to stay in the ballpark. He's allowed two home runs in each of the past two seasons. What's holding him back right now is a lack of fastball command and control, because without improvement in that area he's probably more middle reliever than impact set-up man. Marshall will be one of an army of pitchers battling for a big league bullpen job in 2014, and he could rack up plenty of frequent-flyer miles traveling between Reno and Phoenix.
Marshall began his Kansas State career as a starter before moving to the bullpen and finding it suited him well. He was part of the Diamondbacks' infusion of pitching from the 2011 draft, signing for $232,500, and they have kept him in a relief role. He pitched at three levels in his pro debut, finishing the year in Double-A, then returned to that level for the entire 2012 season, closing games for Mobile as the team won a second consecutive Southern League championship. Marshall primarily uses a fastball/slider combination, with his biggest strength being average to plus command and the ability to keep the ball on the ground. His 91-93 mph fastball has good armside run and sink, and he has a decent feel for a slider. He worked on his changeup in the Arizona Fall League, so he now has a legitimate three-pitch mix. A lack of swings and misses may prevent Marshall from being an elite reliever. His maximum-effort delivery has him flying open quickly, which provides deception. Marshall will move to Triple-A in 2013 and could be one of the first relievers called to the big leagues when a need arises.
Marshall started 2010 in Kansas State's rotation before finding his niche as the Wildcats' set-up man. Placing an increased emphasis on their bullpen, the Diamondbacks popped Marshall in the fourth round last June and signed him for $232,500. He concluded a spectacular pro debut by saving the championship clincher in Southern League playoffs, striking out three of the five batters he faced. Marshall pitches with a maximum-effort delivery, throwing hitters off because he flies open so quickly. As one scout said, "He does a lot of things wrong but it works for him." Marshall attacks opponents with a 91-96 mph fastball and an 82-86 mph curveball. His curve has so much quick bite that it resembles a slider. His 82-84 mph changeup has late dive and mimics his fastball. His changeup wasn't very reliable in college but looked better in his pro debut. Marshall is wired to be a late-inning reliever and will move quickly, perhaps even reaching the big leagues at some point in 2012.