Early in the MLB offseason the Chicago Cubs claimed minor league starting pitcher Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees. That didn’t go very far and the Cincinnati Reds then picked Marshall up in the same way from the Cubs. While he did not show a ton of promise last season and has been spotty in the minors, he has shined so far in Spring Training and did so again against the Seattle Mariners.
Overall Marshall has pitched 5 innings over two starts. He has given up four hits but zero runs and sports a zero ERA. While he does have five walks and has hit one batter, things certainly could be looking up for Marshall. They key to his early Spring Training success could well be the fact that he is able to start. During his short MLB call-up with the Yankees in 2013 he worked out of the bullpen which he never did as a minor leaguer.
Because of their situation it is very possible that the Reds could benefit greatly from Marshall if he continues to show this kind of promise and high-end potential. His control issues are there with a few too many walks and the hit-batsman but for sure he has taken a step up in the eyes of many with this dominant start to the spring. Who knows what the future holds but we can at least assume one thing. If he keeps pitching this well all spring, he might not have to worry about being picked up off of waivers again.