As Saturday rolled around the Indians were in a quite pursuit as they wanted to add another arm to their farm system. The Indians found a suitor and finalized a trade with the Anaheim Angels, bringing in the 6’3″ left handed reliever Nick Maronde for a player to be named later or cash. The 24 year old Maronde has seen his better days as he has struggled to find any sort of pitching ability as of late. The Southpaw has appeared in 33 major league games over a 3 year span with the Angels holding no record to his name with a 7.13 ERA, yeah doesn’t look so good right?
However I believe Maronde may be a diamond in the rough with just a little bit of polishing, I mean we do have the miracle maker in Mickey Callaway right? but for now he will hold a position somewhere down in the farm system. Maronde has about a 90-92 mph fastball but he has shown that he can get it up there to about 94 mph so the velocity is above average which is a plus sign for the young reliever out of the University of Florida. He also possess a very tight, very effective slider that has seen success at all levels. After converting to the bullpen and deciding to become a relief pitcher he abandoned the changeup, so as far as pitch types he only has those two.
Now on to Maronde’s control, this is were most of his struggles and the rest of these pitching prospects problems come from. The sudden inability to get the ball to cross the plate has diminished his value as a prospect, he now has a BB/9 of a rough 5.9 this ineptitude to get the ball over the plate has led to the fact he can no longer spot pitches at will and clearly this is an area that needs to be improved if he ever wishes to see the lights of Progressive Field. His Command issues might come from the fact that his mechanics are a bit inflexible. His stiff throwing arm and motion may take some stress off his shoulder and elbow but I believe this prevents him from reaching his full potential as a pitcher obviously decreasing his velocity and the downfall to his control.
Maronde may give starting another shot with the Tribe or continue his career as a reliever, no matter what his call is it all comes down to a few things, can he regain the 92-94 mph fastball? Can he rediscover his command and be able to pound the zone? If Maronde were to become successful and regain these abilities I would project him as a good 7th or 8th inning option, but for now I would have to project him as a left handed specialist and nothing more coming out of the Tribe pen.
Career Minor League record of 13-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 90 games/29 starts (220.1IP, 176H, 79ER, 105BB, 227SO, 9.3SO/9.0IP, 7.2 hits/9.0IP). Via ClevelandIndians.com
-Cameron T. Lopez