Mármol With the Chicago Cubs
October 14, 1982 |
Bonao, Dominican Republic
|June 4, 2006 for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||3.57|
Career highlights and awards
Carlos Agustín Mármol (born October 14, 1982) is a Dominican professional baseball relief pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Miami Marlins.
Minor league career
Mármol was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent on July 3, 1999 as a catcher/outfielder. In his last season as a hitter, in 2002, he batted .258 with a .271 OBP for the Arizona League Cubs in the Rookie League, and .149 with a .167 OBP for the Lansing Lugnuts in the Midwest League.
Major League career
Mármol made his Major League debut on June 4, 2006, against the St. Louis Cardinals in a relief appearance. He pitched two scoreless innings and gave up one hit while striking out three.
After Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood was placed on the disabled list for the second time of the season, Mármol was called on to make a spot start. He was one of seven rookies to make a start for the 2006 Cubs. On June 11, against the Cincinnati Reds, in his first Major League start he allowed just one run on two hits while strucking out seven, to earn the win.
He went on to make 19 appearances and 13 starts in the 2006 season with a 5-7 record. He posted a 6.08 ERA in 77 innings, and walked 6.9 batters per 9 innings.
Mármol returned to the Major Leagues in 2007 as a relief pitcher for the Cubs. Due to an injury to closer Ryan Dempster, Mármol was called upon to pitch in the ninth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies on June 27, 2007. He pitched a scoreless frame, recording two strikeouts, for his first Major League save.
In his second season, he flourished in the bullpen as a setup man and finished the season with a stellar ERA of 1.43 and struck out 96 batters in 69.1 innings. His ERA was good enough for third in the Major Leagues among relievers, behind only Seattle Mariners closer J. J. Putz and Los Angeles Dodgers closer Takashi Saito. He received one 10th place vote and came in 26th in the MVP award voting.
Entering the 2008 season, Mármol was in a tight battle for the closer spot that was now vacant with former closer Dempster having moved to the starting rotation. He competed with Kerry Wood and Bob Howry for the spot, and while both he and Wood had solid numbers in the spring, manager Lou Piniella opted for the veteran Wood to close and kept Mármol in the setup role he excelled at in 2007. With Wood suffering from a blister, Mármol was selected to replace him at the All-Star Game, and pitched a scoreless 13th inning of relief in an eventual 15-inning National League loss.
In spring training in 2009 he led all pitchers in hit batsmen, with 5 (in 10.1 innings). As of August 18, 2009, he was leading all NL pitchers in hbp in the regular season, with 11 (in 56.1 innings), and his 52 walks averaged over 8 walks per 9 innings.
However, after a series of disappointing appearances by Gregg in August, and after Gregg allowed 12 homers in 56 1⁄3 innings (the most in the majors for a reliever), Piniella announced on August 18 that Mármol would replace Gregg as closer.
Mármol won the DHL Delivery Man Award for the month of September 2010. He finished the 2010 campaign with 16.0 strikeouts averaged per nine innings (138 in 77 2⁄3 innings), breaking the record for highest K/9 ratio by a pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched, previously held by Éric Gagné's 14.9 mark over his 2003 season. His 138 K's are a franchise record for a relief pitcher.
On June 25, 2013, Marmol was designated for assignment by the Cubs after recording a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances during the season.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On July 2, 2013 he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Matt Guerrier. The Dodgers promptly outrighted him to the minor leagues, where he made 3 appearances for Class A Rancho Cucamonga and 2 for AA Chattanooga. The Dodgers recalled him to the Majors on July 23. In 21 appearances for the Dodgers he had an ERA of 2.53.
On February 6, 2014, Marmol agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins worth $1.25 million. He was designated for assignment on May 11, 2014. On May 19, the Marlins officially released Marmol.
He has played in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic.
Mármol is known for two quality pitches, a four-seam fastball (91–94 mph, although when he was younger this was often several mph faster), and a sweeping slider (81–84). When Mármol is pitching well, he becomes nearly unhittable, as evidenced by career rates of 5.7 hits and 11.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. However, Mármol has also at times been plagued by serious control problems. In 2009, he was third in the entire National League in hit batsmen (12) despite only pitching 74 innings. He has also walked more batters than he has allowed hits in his career. Mármol's control issues and an over-reliance on his slider — despite manager Dale Sveum's advice to throw his fastball more often — led to Sveum removing him from the closer role in May 2012.
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