Marcum with the Milwaukee Brewers
December 14, 1981 |
Kansas City, Missouri
|September 6, 2005 for the Toronto Blue Jays|
(through July 6, 2013)
|Earned run average||3.88|
Shaun Michal Marcum (born December 14, 1981) is an American professional baseball player in the Cleveland Indians organization. A pitcher, Marcum has played in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Mets.
Marcum was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where he attended Excelsior Springs High School. Athletically, besides baseball, Shaun was a 2x State Champion in wrestling and a standout football player. Marcum initially attended the University of Missouri, but transferred to Missouri State University, playing on the 2003 College World Series team as a pitcher and shortstop.
Toronto Blue Jays
Marcum was drafted by the Blue Jays in the third round, 80th overall, of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. Marcum quickly rose through the minor leagues and made his major league debut on September 6, 2005 as a late season call-up from the minors in September when rosters expanded. He made his debut against the Baltimore Orioles pitching one scoreless inning, giving up a hit and one walk and one strikeout. Marcum pitched 8 innings, giving up six hits, without surrendering a run during the month of September.
Marcum went 3–4 for the Blue Jays in 2006 in 21 games, including 14 starts, with an ERA of 5.06. In his final seven starts, he had a record of 2–1 with a 3.31 ERA.
Marcum had a breakthrough season in 2007. He went 12–6 with an ERA of 4.13. He struck out a total of 122 batters over 159 innings of work. He pitched 6+ scoreless innings in seven of his starts, including two instances where he pitched 6+ no-hit innings before being relieved. One of those instances was against the Boston Red Sox.
In 2008, Marcum got off to a good start, going 5–4 with a 2.65 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 98.2 Innings. But an injury followed by a handful of weak starts sent him to Triple-A on August 23. In September he was back in the starting rotation and he seemed to have returned to form. However on September 19, days after an abbreviated start in which he left with elbow pain, the Jays released the information that Marcum would need Tommy John surgery and would miss the rest of the 2008 season and likely all of 2009.
As of May 1, 2009, Marcum had started to throw again. Marcum made two starts with A-Class Dunedin in early July, pitching successfully on his rehab assignment, he then started twice with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, and once more with Triple-A Las Vegas 51s before being shut down for the season to prevent him from injury again.
On March 22 Marcum was named the opening day starter for the 2010 season, succeeding Roy Halladay for that role, who had seven consecutive opening day starts for the team from 2003 to 2009. On May 2, Marcum got his first win against the Oakland Athletics, it was his first win since September 11, 2008 before going through Tommy John surgery. On August 4, 2010, Marcum gave up Alex Rodriguez's 600th career home run. Marcum ended the season with a 13–8 win–loss record and a 3.64 ERA.
In the 2011 NLDS against Arizona, Marcum gave up a grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt, which sealed a win for the Diamondbacks. However, the Brewers won the series in 5 games.
In 2011, he was 13-7, with a 3.54 ERA.
Due to injury, Marcum's 2012 season was cut short to just 21 starts. He went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA for the Brewers. After the season, he elected to become a free agent.
New York Mets
On January 30, 2013, Marcum signed a one-year contract worth $4 million with the New York Mets. Through his first 11 games (9 of which were starts) for the Mets, Marcum posted a dismal 0–9 record with a 5.76 earned run average. Marcum recorded his first win as a Met in a game against the Chicago White Sox on June 26, 2013. Marcum pitched 8 innings and yielded only 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Marcum underwent surgery on his pitching shoulder on July 15, 2013, and was ruled out for the rest of the season. Marcum was waived/injured by the Mets on July 23, 2013.
On December 16, 2013, Marcum signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. While pitching in extended spring training, on May 22, 2014, Marcum was shut down after problems with his injured shoulder occurred. He pitched in just in just 8 games for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.
Marcum throws a broad array of pitches. He has a four-seam fastball at 86–89 mph, a two-seam fastball at 84-87, a cutter in the mid 80s, a changeup in the upper 70s, a slider in the low 80s, and a slow, looping curveball in the upper-60's to lower-70's. Marcum almost never uses his two-seamer on right-handed hitters, preferring to use his cutter and breaking pitches. Against left-handed hitters, he throws many more changeups and does not use his slider.
His change-up is considered[by whom?] his best pitch, with very good sinking motion. All of his pitches are controlled well with considerable movement. Despite his noticeable lack of velocity (having a fastball that only sits around 88 MPH), he is capable of a high strikeout rate, having a career rate of 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
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- "Mets Starter Shaun Marcum To Have Season-Ending Surgery". CBS News New York. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
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- "PITCHf/x Player Card: Shaun Marcum". Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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