The Athletics have just completed yet another trade to acquire pitching. This time for Justin Marks from the Kansas City Royals. Marks was originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 3rd round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
Justin Marks was drafted by the A’s, then sent to KC for one year of David DeJesus. While Marks’ numbers with the Royals aren’t flattering, the A’s have made a habit of turning around pitching careers as of late. With 2 IP under his belt, and the 13.50 ERA that goes along with it, Justin Marks did not impress in the big leagues with Kansas City.
In the minors, Justin Marks has compiled an ERA of 4.57 since being drafted. In 2014, his K/BB ratio sits at 2.45.
I know what you’re thinking: “why the heck did the A’s make this deal?” His stats don’t have a “wow” factor, that is for sure, but the Oakland A’s have had a knack for getting into a pitcher’s head and helping them perform at a higher level. Jeff Francis hasn’t seen much time lately, compiling just one inning since being traded to Oakland a couple of weeks ago.
Justin Marks has been sent to Sacramento, and a corresponding 40-man roster move is expected shortly. If Marks begins to pitch well in Triple-A, he could take Francis’ spot. Ultimately, Eric O’Flaherty is going to need a spot in Oakland and there may not be enough room for all of these arms. Let’s say that the Marks trade was a depth acquisition at this time and see how this all plays out.