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On May 11th, Evan Marshall was sent down to AAA to work out some issues. How bad was his Dbacks start to the 2015 season? Marshall appeared in 13 games, pitched 13 1/3 innings and surrendered 9 runs. Along with those 9 runs, Marshall gave up 20 hits. The opposition was hitting .357 off of him. Marshall was especially vulnerable to the long ball, coughing up 3 homers so far. It’s obvious that Marshall needed some extra seasoning.
The 25-year old had a very productive 2014 season coming out of the bullpen. As a rookie, Marshall appeared in 57 games and had a great 2.74 ERA. He gave up 3 home runs all of last season, the same amount he’s given up so far this season. Marshall has the potential, at this stage of his young career, to be a productive 7th inning/set up type. A trip to Reno might’ve just been enough to give Marshall his confidence back.
Apr 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Evan Marshall (50) pitches against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
How has he done so far with the Reno Aces? On Wednesday, Marshall made his AAA debut on Wednesday and pitched an inning in relief. He came in the 8th inning and although it was a scoreless inning, Marshall gave up a couple of hits. He was able to strike out a batter, however. A couple days later, Marshall also came in the 8th and inherited a bases loaded situation. He promptly struck out his assigned batter and that was all of his 2nd outing.
However, Marshall hit a bump in the road in his 3rd appearance for Reno. Marshall tossed 2 innings and 39 pitches. He surrendered 4 earned runs and 5 hits. Not the ideal performance. So far here are his 2015 numbers in AAA Reno.
- 3 Games, 3 1/3 Innings, 4 Earned Runs, 7 Hits, 3 K, 10.80 ERA, 2.40 WHIP, .438 opponent’s average
It’s a difficult time for Marshall to be missing, as well. Addison Reed just recently lost his job as closer and a nice string of performances by anyone in the bullpen might be good enough to warrant a more prominent role. Unfortunately, Marshall’s promotion may be stalled until he’s able to show more consistency, even at the AAA level.