#23 Justin Marks
Acquired: Via trade with OAK on 11/10/10 with Vin Mazzaro for David DeJesus
From: Owensboro, KY
The Royals liked Justin Marks quite a bit heading into the draft, but ultimately weren't able to select him in 2009. A year and a half later, the Royals acquired him and Vin Mazzaro in a trade that sent David DeJesus to Oakland. At this point I hope, that the Royals saw something in Marks, because after seeing what Kansas City has in Mazzaro it would be pretty disappointing if Marks was just a throw in piece. I don't think that was the case.
Marks has a good frame, and of course has the benefit of throwing left handed. For most of his career Marks has worked hitters with a three pitch mix of average offerings (fastball, curve, change). However, in college his slider was his best pitch, and in 2011, he was allowed to throw the pitch again with regularity. Marks has back end potential. After a strong 2011 campaign, Marks should open 2012 in Northwest Arkansas's rotation.
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