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2018 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
33.3 5.84 1.57 25 2 2 0 -0.3
Birth Date12-14-1981
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age36 years, 9 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
0.22015
2016
2017
-0.32018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2005 TOR MLB 5 0 8.0 0 0 0 6 4 4 0 .269 106 6.8 4.5 0.0 4.5 50% .250 .197 1.25 3.54 0.00 110 5.65 121.7 -0.0
2006 TOR MLB 21 14 78.3 3 4 0 87 38 65 14 .263 107 10.0 4.4 1.6 7.5 37% .309 .279 1.60 5.45 5.06 98 5.06 103.0 0.6
2007 TOR MLB 38 25 159.0 12 6 1 149 49 122 27 .268 95 8.4 2.8 1.5 6.9 42% .268 .263 1.25 4.99 4.13 93 3.73 77.1 3.4
2008 TOR MLB 25 25 151.3 9 7 0 126 50 123 21 .260 98 7.5 3.0 1.2 7.3 43% .246 .240 1.16 4.48 3.39 93 3.69 78.6 3.1
2010 TOR MLB 31 31 195.3 13 8 0 181 43 165 24 .259 113 8.3 2.0 1.1 7.6 39% .279 .237 1.15 3.70 3.64 93 3.93 88.8 3.0
2011 MIL MLB 33 33 200.7 13 7 0 175 57 158 22 .257 104 7.8 2.6 1.0 7.1 40% .262 .235 1.16 3.69 3.54 89 2.96 68.9 5.0
2012 MIL MLB 21 21 124.0 7 4 0 116 41 109 16 .254 104 8.4 3.0 1.2 7.9 37% .280 .254 1.27 4.14 3.70 102 4.12 94.4 1.5
2013 NYN MLB 14 12 78.3 1 10 0 85 21 60 7 .247 95 9.8 2.4 0.8 6.9 38% .322 .275 1.35 3.60 5.29 103 3.93 94.0 0.9
2015 CLE MLB 7 6 35.0 3 2 0 32 11 30 9 .263 105 8.2 2.8 2.3 7.7 33% .253 .275 1.23 5.75 5.40 106 4.63 108.0 0.2
CareerMLB1951671030.061481957314836140.2591038.42.71.27.340%.274.2511.234.263.93984.2493.613.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2003 AUB A- 21 0 34.0 1 0 8 15 7 47 1 .000 4.0 1.9 0.3 12.4 0% .206 .000 0.65 1.57 1.32 0 0.00 0.0
2004 CWV A 13 13 79.0 7 4 0 64 16 83 7 .000 7.3 1.8 0.8 9.5 0% .271 .000 1.01 3.14 3.19 0 0.00 0.0
2004 DUN A+ 12 12 69.3 3 2 0 74 4 72 6 .000 9.6 0.5 0.8 9.4 0% .343 .000 1.13 2.57 3.12 0 0.00 0.0
2005 TOR MLB 5 0 8.0 0 0 0 6 4 4 0 .269 106 6.8 4.5 0.0 4.5 50% .250 .197 1.25 3.54 0.00 110 5.65 121.7
2005 NHP AA 9 9 53.3 7 1 0 44 10 40 5 .264 31 7.4 1.7 0.8 6.8 44% .258 .253 1.01 3.54 2.53 92 3.95 97.2
2005 SYR AAA 18 18 103.7 6 4 0 112 18 90 17 .255 103 9.7 1.6 1.5 7.8 43% .310 .253 1.25 4.23 4.95 81 3.13 91.2
2006 TOR MLB 21 14 78.3 3 4 0 87 38 65 14 .263 107 10.0 4.4 1.6 7.5 37% .309 .279 1.60 5.45 5.06 98 5.06 103.0
2006 SYR AAA 18 5 52.1 4 0 0 48 9 60 6 .257 100 8.3 1.6 1.0 10.4 50% .291 .214 1.09 2.84 3.45 69 1.53 77.1
2007 TOR MLB 38 25 159.0 12 6 1 149 49 122 27 .268 95 8.4 2.8 1.5 6.9 42% .268 .263 1.25 4.99 4.13 93 3.73 77.1
2008 TOR MLB 25 25 151.3 9 7 0 126 50 123 21 .260 98 7.5 3.0 1.2 7.3 43% .246 .240 1.16 4.48 3.39 93 3.69 78.6
2008 DUN A+ 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 .232 109 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 50% .000 .060 0.00 0.20 0.00 79 1.61 36.3
2008 SYR AAA 2 2 13.0 0 1 0 10 3 15 0 .271 95 6.9 2.1 0.0 10.4 37% .286 .218 1.00 1.70 2.77 85 2.61 57.1
2009 DUN A+ 2 2 6.0 0 1 0 7 0 5 0 .260 105 10.5 0.0 0.0 7.5 65% .350 .223 1.17 1.52 3.00 85 2.07 48.5
2009 NHP AA 2 2 7.7 0 1 0 8 2 8 1 .277 85 9.4 2.3 1.2 9.4 44% .292 .320 1.30 3.52 1.17 91 2.93 65.4
2009 LVG AAA 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .275 96 9.0 4.5 0.0 0.0 25% .250 .227 1.50 4.95 4.50 117 7.30 146.7
2010 TOR MLB 31 31 195.3 13 8 0 181 43 165 24 .259 113 8.3 2.0 1.1 7.6 39% .279 .237 1.15 3.70 3.64 93 3.93 88.8
2011 MIL MLB 33 33 200.7 13 7 0 175 57 158 22 .257 104 7.8 2.6 1.0 7.1 40% .262 .235 1.16 3.69 3.54 89 2.96 68.9
2012 MIL MLB 21 21 124.0 7 4 0 116 41 109 16 .254 104 8.4 3.0 1.2 7.9 37% .280 .254 1.27 4.14 3.70 102 4.12 94.4
2012 WIS A 3 3 12.7 1 0 0 9 3 10 1 .280 99 6.4 2.1 0.7 7.1 41% .222 .208 0.95 3.50 2.84 97 3.73 79.8
2013 NYN MLB 14 12 78.3 1 10 0 85 21 60 7 .247 95 9.8 2.4 0.8 6.9 38% .322 .275 1.35 3.60 5.29 103 3.93 94.0
2014 COH AAA 8 1 15.3 1 0 0 10 6 10 1 .240 106 5.9 3.5 0.6 5.9 40% .214 .202 1.04 4.26 2.35 109 5.27 117.1
2014 CLE Rk 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 .000 4.5 4.5 0.0 13.5 0% .333 .000 1.00 2.51 0.00 97 5.17 100.0
2015 CLE MLB 7 6 35.0 3 2 0 32 11 30 9 .263 105 8.2 2.8 2.3 7.7 33% .253 .275 1.23 5.75 5.40 106 4.63 108.0
2015 COH AAA 16 14 88.3 7 4 0 85 21 67 7 .253 107 8.7 2.1 0.7 6.8 34% .295 .242 1.20 3.38 3.26 103 3.57 88.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2199 0.4297 0.4452 0.7630 0.6127 0.3190 0.8618 0.6200 0.2370
2010 3032 0.4842 0.4627 0.7484 0.5947 0.3389 0.8408 0.5962 0.2516
2011 3165 0.4360 0.4395 0.7455 0.6000 0.3154 0.8539 0.5861 0.2545
2012 2065 0.4513 0.4499 0.7481 0.6223 0.3080 0.8569 0.5673 0.2519
2013 1227 0.4784 0.4743 0.7801 0.6099 0.3500 0.8883 0.6071 0.2199
2015 551 0.4356 0.4283 0.7288 0.5667 0.3215 0.8750 0.5300 0.2712
Career122390.45360.4510.75250.60420.32440.8570.59110.2475

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-03 2014-08-07 Minors 126 0 - Not Disclosed -
2013-07-08 2013-07-23 15-DL 15 10 Right Shoulder Surgery Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 2013-07-17 -
2013-05-10 2013-05-10 DTD 0 0 Left Thumb Soreness - -
2013-03-22 2013-04-27 15-DL 36 21 Right Neck Nerve Injury Pinched Nerve - -
2013-03-17 2013-03-22 Camp 5 0 Right Shoulder Impingement - -
2012-08-30 2012-08-30 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Cramp Calf - -
2012-06-15 2012-08-24 60-DL 70 60 Right Elbow Tightness - -
2012-03-06 2012-03-25 Camp 19 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2011-06-23 2011-06-29 DTD 6 4 Left Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2011-06-17 2011-06-17 DTD 0 0 Left Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2011-03-12 2011-03-12 Camp 0 0 Right Shoulder Tightness -
2010-07-18 2010-07-24 On-Alr 6 5 Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2010-07-02 2010-07-18 15-DL 16 11 Left Elbow Inflammation -
2009-07-21 2009-07-21 On-Alr 0 0 Low Back Strain -
2009-03-27 2009-10-05 60-DL 192 162 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-09-30
2008-09-17 2008-09-29 DTD 12 11 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-09-30
2008-06-19 2008-07-22 15-DL 33 26 Right Elbow Strain -
2007-09-23 2007-10-01 DTD 8 8 Right Knee Surgery Meniscus 2007-09-26
2007-08-10 2007-08-10 DTD 0 0 Lower Leg Cramp -
2007-06-03 2007-06-03 DTD 0 0 Low Back Spasms -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CLE $
2014 CLE $
2013 NYN $4,000,000
2012 MIL $7,725,000
2011 MIL $3,950,000
2010 TOR $850,000
2009 TOR $405,200
2008 TOR $402,500
2007 TOR $386,100
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$17,718,800
7 yrTotal$17,718,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 164 dRex Gary1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Cleveland as a free agent 11/18/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cleveland 4/12/15. DFA by Cleveland 4/14/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 4/15/15. Contract selected by Cleveland 5/20/15. DFA by Cleveland 6/18/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/20/15. Retired 1/16.
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/16/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in major leagues. May earn additional $3M in bonuses.
  • 1 year/$4M (2013). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/13. May earn additional $2.25M in performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 120, 140, 160, 170 innings. $0.375M each for 180, 190 IP. $0.5M for 200 IP. May earn additional $1.75M in roster bonuses: $0.375M each for 90, 120 days on active roster without right arm injury. $0.5M each for 150, 170 days. Released by NY Mets 7/23/13.
  • 1 year/$7.725M (2012). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/3/12 (avoided arbitration, $8.7M-$6.75M).
  • 1 year/$3.95M (2011). Signed by Milwaukee 2/9/11 (avoided arbitration, $5M-$3M). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 190, 200 innings pitched.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2010). Re-signed by Toronto 1/18/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4052M (2009). Re-signed by Toronto 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4025M (2008). Optioned to Triple-A 8/23/08. Recalled 9/2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3861M (2007). Re-signed by Toronto 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Optioned to Triple-A 3/06. Recalled 4/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Toronto 9/05.
  • Drafted by Toronto 2003 (3-80) (Southwest Missouri State). $0.449M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.1 2.2 0.2 12 8 50.4 48 16 37 9 .264 1.27 4.28 4.84 3.6 0.4
80o 2.6 2.1 0.1 10 7 44.3 45 15 33 8 .279 1.36 4.72 5.31 1.2 0.1
70o 2.3 2 0.1 9 6 40.1 43 14 30 8 .289 1.44 5.04 5.67 -0.3 -0.0
60o 2 1.9 0.1 8 6 36.5 41 14 27 8 .299 1.50 5.33 5.98 -1.4 -0.2
50o 1.8 1.8 0.1 8 5 33.3 39 13 25 7 .307 1.57 5.60 6.27 -2.2 -0.2
40o 1.5 1.7 0.1 7 5 30.2 37 12 22 7 .316 1.63 5.87 6.57 -2.9 -0.3
30o 1.3 1.6 0.1 6 4 26.9 34 11 20 6 .325 1.70 6.17 6.89 -3.4 -0.4
20o 1.1 1.4 0.1 5 4 23.2 31 10 17 6 .336 1.79 6.52 7.28 -3.8 -0.4
10o 0.8 1.2 0 4 3 18.2 26 9 14 5 .351 1.92 7.03 7.84 -4.0 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.71.80.17532.63813247.3051.555.556.22-2.0-0.2

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2019376803019139166541053136.3121.585.776.2410.73.56.82.0-0.8
202038570261611914047892736.3061.575.836.3010.63.66.72.0-0.8
202139460221410011939732336.3071.585.946.4210.73.56.62.1-0.8
202240460221410112040742236.3071.585.846.3110.73.66.62.0-0.7
20234146021149811739712236.3071.595.866.3410.73.66.52.0-0.7
20244246019129010836642036.3081.605.926.4010.83.66.42.0-0.7
2025433501711809732571836.3091.615.956.4310.93.66.42.0-0.6
2026443501711809732571836.3091.615.956.4310.93.66.42.0-0.6
2027453501711779331541736.3091.615.986.4610.93.66.32.0-0.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 83 Nelson Figueroa 2010 3.68
2 83 R.A. Dickey 2011 3.67
3 82 Rick Helling 2007 0.00 DNP
4 82 Raul Valdes 2014 12.27
5 81 Bruce Chen 2013 3.42
6 81 Eric Stults 2016 0.00 DNP
7 80 Tsuyoshi Wada 2017 0.00 DNP
8 79 Roy Oswalt 2014 0.00 DNP
9 79 John Wasdin 2009 0.00 DNP
10 79 Wilson Alvarez 2006 0.00 DNP
11 78 Jake Peavy 2017 0.00 DNP
12 78 Freddy Garcia 2013 4.48
13 76 Paul Byrd 2007 5.01
14 76 Ted Lilly 2012 4.25
15 76 Brett Tomko 2009 3.77
16 76 Jarrod Washburn 2011 0.00 DNP
17 76 Kenshin Kawakami 2011 0.00 DNP
18 76 Ryan Franklin 2009 1.92
19 76 Jason Johnson 2010 0.00 DNP
20 76 Javier Vazquez 2013 0.00 DNP
21 76 Braden Looper 2011 0.00 DNP
22 75 Brandon Duckworth 2012 0.00 DNP
23 75 Brian Sanches 2015 0.00 DNP
24 75 Don Sutton 1981 2.89
25 75 Rodrigo Lopez 2012 8.53
26 75 Bronson Arroyo 2013 3.92
27 75 Jon Lieber 2006 5.36
28 75 Randy Wolf 2013 0.00 DNP
29 74 Esteban Loaiza 2008 5.67
30 74 Livan Hernandez 2011 5.03
31 74 John Lackey 2015 2.93
32 74 Chris Smith 2017 7.28
33 74 Tim Harikkala 2008 0.00 DNP
34 74 David Wells 1999 5.09
35 74 Bartolo Colon 2009 6.06
36 74 Kyle Lohse 2015 5.85
37 74 Dan Haren 2017 0.00 DNP
38 74 Jeff Fassero 1999 7.77
39 74 Roberto Hernandez 2017 0.00 DNP
40 74 Hiroki Kuroda 2011 3.43
41 74 Cory Lidle 2008 0.00 DNP
42 73 Joe Dobson 1953 4.11
43 73 Phil Niekro 1975 3.75 DNP
44 73 Claudio Vargas 2014 0.00 DNP
45 73 Bret Saberhagen 2000 0.00 DNP
46 73 Kris Benson 2011 0.00 DNP
47 73 Darren Oliver 2007 4.34
48 73 Jeremy Guthrie 2015 6.13
49 73 Harry Brecheen 1951 3.86
50 73 Kevin Millwood 2011 4.31
51 73 Josh Beckett 2016 0.00 DNP
52 73 Tanyon Sturtze 2007 0.00 DNP
53 73 Max Lanier 1952 4.55
54 72 Doyle Alexander 1987 3.19
55 72 Kip Wells 2013 0.00 DNP
56 72 Colby Lewis 2016 4.10
57 72 Preacher Roe 1952 3.35
58 72 Earl Wilson 1971 0.00 DNP
59 72 Warren Spahn 1957 3.09
60 72 Whitey Ford 1965 3.57
61 72 Early Wynn 1956 3.01
62 72 Jeff Francis 2017 0.00 DNP
63 72 Brian Gordon 2015 0.00 DNP
64 72 Hyang-Nam Choi 2007 0.00 DNP
65 72 Dan Wheeler 2014 0.00 DNP
66 71 Tom Seaver 1981 2.76
67 71 Chuck Finley 1999 4.94
68 71 Chris Carpenter 2011 3.72
69 71 Shawn Estes 2009 0.00 DNP
70 71 Ryan Vogelsong 2014 4.14
71 71 Carl Pavano 2012 6.57
72 71 Mark Redman 2010 0.00 DNP
73 71 Elmer Dessens 2007 8.47
74 71 Orlando Hernandez 2002 3.88
75 71 Jorge De La Rosa 2017 4.21
76 71 Hisashi Iwakuma 2017 4.65
77 71 Sonny Siebert 1973 5.09
78 71 Dizzy Trout 1951 4.28
79 71 Brian Moehler 2008 4.74
80 71 Rudy May 1981 4.33
81 70 Bert Blyleven 1987 4.45
82 70 Virgil Trucks 1953 3.26
83 70 Charlie Leibrandt 1993 5.03
84 70 A.J. Burnett 2013 3.72
85 70 Luis Tiant 1977 4.67
86 70 Bryan Corey 2010 0.00 DNP
87 70 Chan Ho Park 2009 4.64
88 70 Joe Blanton 2017 5.89
89 70 Wandy Rodriguez 2015 5.00
90 70 Travis Driskill 2008 0.00 DNP
91 70 Ed Whitson 1991 5.38
92 70 Kerry Ligtenberg 2007 0.00 DNP
93 70 Bobby Shantz 1962 2.99 DNP
94 70 Eric Junge 2013 0.00 DNP
95 70 Mike Mussina 2005 4.66
96 70 Mike Scott 1991 12.86
97 70 Ariel Prieto 2006 0.00 DNP
98 70 Chris Young 2015 3.14
99 70 Sam Jones 1962 4.20 DNP
100 70 Chris Capuano 2015 8.41

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 The most compelling example of the Good-Or-Injured fallacy, Shaun Marcum demonstrates how the "injured" usually destroys the "good" while we're not looking. It's been three years since he was either.
2015 Marcum became yet another victim of thoracic outlet syndrome, a debilitating nerve condition that ravages the pitcher's throwing shoulder. The procedure required to fix it proved to be a death knell for the career of Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter and Marcum might be following in those footsteps. Never known for his velocity, he now faces an uphill battle to recapture even the modest speed of his youth; his big-league future hangs in the balance.
2014 Marcum appeared on a few “Offseason Bargains” lists when the Mets nabbed him for $4 million. Safe to say the investment failed, and yet there are signs Marcum wasn’t as bad as traditional metrics indicate, and he might show up on a few "Offseason Bargains" lists again this spring after signing a minor-league deal with Cleveland. His 3.61 FIP is negligibly worse than what he put up in 2010 and 2011, and his .322 BABIP, while it doesn’t jump off the page, is a career high. Empirically, it seems a fly-ball pitcher moving to a large ballpark means nothing if the outfielders can’t catch anything. (By the time Juan Lagares took over center field in Queens, Marcum had been put out to pasture.) Marcum invented two new ways to get hurt—left (!) thumb soreness and thoracic outlet surgery—but at his present value, Cleveland will either be out a pittance or very pleasantly surprised.
2013 Watching Marcum pitch can be a joy, as the human-scaled right-hander consistently distracts the Goliaths facing him with an array of off-speed junk before jamming them with his mid-80s heater—the pitching equivalent of Otter telling Greg Marmalard to look at his thumb before cold-cocking him. If only Marcum could embody our bully-revenge fantasies more frequently, he’d be a wealthier man. To no one’s surprise, Marcum missed two months with a barking elbow last summer, leaving his career total of 200-inning seasons stuck at one. When healthy, he’s a valuable mid-rotation starter whose extreme fly-ball tendencies would play best in a larger ballpark, but he’ll have to shed his reputation for fragility in order to earn the big bucks his talent and productivity otherwise deserve.
2012 Marcum is the change-of-pace for the two flamethrowers atop the rotation, barely breaking 90 mph on the gun. But he's also authored WHIPs among the top 21 starting pitchers in baseball each of the past two seasons, and he keeps hitters constantly off-balance by spotting six pitches (or more, if each of his several changeups is considered separately). His extra-low BABIP, weak second-half strikeout rate (5.8 K/9), and postseason ineptitude raise serious concerns about his ability to repeat in 2012. But he's a smart pitcher and used to adapting; the more serious concern—given his injury history—is that his late-season decline is due to a concealed health issue.
2011 It long looked like the Blue Jays had an interchangeable-parts approach to the non-Halladay section of their rotation. Litsch, Richmond, Marcum—who could keep them all straight? If they really were interchangeable, the Blue Jays would have been wise to turn in all their chips and cash out in Marcums. In contrast to Litsch’s and McGowan’s recoveries, Marcum’s return from Tommy John surgery went swimmingly, and the Opening Day starter set career bests in nearly every relevant category. He slashed his walks, leading to a strikeout-to-walk ratio that was sixth-best in the majors, ahead of King Felix, Tim Lincecum, and Francisco Liriano. Despite the fact that he’s a righty who doesn’t throw hard, Marcum’s beguiling mix of slow stuff fooled plenty of AL lineups in 2010. If he doesn’t have the most intimidating mound presence, he more than makes up for it in results and value. The Brewers acquired the righty in December to serve as a crucial component of their revamped rotation, sending Brett Lawrie north of the border in return, and he should reap the dual benefit of escaping the AL East gauntlet and emigrating to the easier league.
2010 Having undergone Tommy John surgery in September 2008, Marcum made five minor league rehab starts late last season with encouraging results. Prior to the surgery, Marcum was a control pitcher with enough guts and guile to keep his strikeout rates above league average, and that control seemed to be uncompromised in those rehab innings. Marcum is expected to be in the Jays’ Opening Day rotation in April. He’ll be the “veteran” in the group, despite having never made more than 25 starts or thrown 160 innings in a single major league season and having just 64 big-league starts to his name.
2009 Marcum was sporting a 2.65 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a 3.2 K/BB when he hit the DL in late June with discomfort in his elbow. A visit to Dr. James Andrews confirmed strained ligaments, but Andrews didn’t think it was a major concern. After some rest and rehabilitation, Marcum returned to the rotation in late July, but over his next ten starts, he posted a 4.78 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, and a 1.6 K/BB. Shut down in mid-September, he went under Andrews’ knife for Tommy John surgery and will miss all of 2009.
2008 The difference between Litsch and Marcum is that Marcum displayed his good command in the majors, using it to post above-average rates. The small right-hander has posted amazing K/BB numbers in the pros, and pitched passably in a half-season in the bigs in 2006. He's the one non-groundball pitcher in the rotation, and like command pitchers of his ilk, will battle his home-run rate. He's closer to Paul Byrd than Josh Towers, however.
2007 Marcum has a lefty`s repertoire with command of a high-80s fastball that gets pretty good sink and three average secondary pitches that he throws perhaps more often than he should. PECOTA thinks he`ll hold up pretty well, and he should certainly be better than a lot of the fourth- and fifth-starters that teams are running out there every day. As with many pitchers in this system, however, his gaudy minor league K/BB ratios cannot be taken at face value.
2006 A dark horse candidate for the bullpen who`s found favor with Ricciardi, Marcum has put up very solid numbers as a starting pitcher since being drafted in the third round of the 2003 draft. He mixes a fastball that tops out in the low 90s with a good, hard slider, and has a few other breaking pitches in the works. Depending on how the rest of the roster shakes out, Marcum, who is younger than most of the other available options, could find himself in a swingman role in 2006.
2005 Like Bush, Marcum was a closer in college, making the move to the rotation only this year. As you might expect from a college draftee taken for his polish, Marcum has slapped around the lower levels, and has nearly an 8-to-1 K:BB ratio as a pro. The test comes this year at New Hampshire; the Jays love him, but we'll see if Marcum's combination of decent stuff and great command fools hitters at Double-A and beyond.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Matty Matt! - Between Shaun Marcum, Jeff Francoeur and Nyjer Morgan, who has the best chance, if any of having a meaningful impact to the tribe this year?
(tablack from Cleveland)
That's a toughie. Betting on oft-injured pitchers isn't smart, and Jeff Francoeur is and has been done for a while now. So I guess that leaves Morgan who hit pretty well in Japan last season. I'll take him! And unless you're a big believer in David Murphy, Cleveland may need some outfield help this season. (Should've signed Grady Sizemore! joke) (Matthew Kory)
2013-09-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I always found Shaun Marcum's success as a finesse righty to be rather surprising. Are there any current minor-league RH SPs who might fit that type of profile
(Matt from Chicago)
probably a lot, but without the command necessary to do it well. Or ability to change speeds, or whatever magic it is Marcum has used to succeed. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Shaun Marcum have any fantasy value going forward? He's having a fairly decent season for being 0-9. He's going to probably lose his rotation spot, but he isn't terrible yet is he?
(Yancy from Bakersfield)
Yeah, I don't mind speculating on him in deeper leagues. He might not lose his spot, but rather get traded first. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long does Josh Byrnes wait before he takes steps to fix his rotation?
(Gregorio from Londres)
Hi Gregorio, thanks for the question. The biggest problem Byrnes faces is that there isn't any real way to fix the rotation. Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, and the rest all signed elsewhere, leaving the Padres with Jason Marquis. At some point maybe Cory Luebke, Tim Stauffer, and Robbie Erlin can help, but not now. (Geoff Young)
2012-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Blanton, really? Is Dipoto done overhauling the pitching staff or is there an Anibal Sanchez in the Angels' future?
(Mark68 from A Mile High)
Guessing a Shaun Marcum in the Angels' future. Dipoto's tastes are getting sort of predictable (in I would say a good way). (Sam Miller)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the Cardinals' inevitable loss of Kyle Lohse, do you see them being active in the free agent sp market? Besides Wainwright, Shelby Miller, maybe Garcia, Carpenter and Westbrook, they are a bit light. I think Kelly or Rosenthal could replace Lynn. Thank you.
(Chopper from Indy)
Hi Chopper. I'm not sure what the Cardinals might be thinking, but if I ran things, I'd wouldn't be looking to replace Lohse's 2012 performance. Adam Wainwright should improve a year removed from surgery and Chris Carpenter should give the team more than three starts. I'd be targeting guys to slot in behind those two, guys who maybe are on level with what Lohse was when he came to St. Louis. Specifically, I'd be looking at Joe Blanton, Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, and Anibal Sanchez. If I wanted to gamble, I might make a play for Scott Baker. But this all says more about my process than the Cardinals', so take it with a grain of salt. (Geoff Young)
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shaun Marcum or Matt Harrison for the rest of the season?
(Alex from Anaheim)
I'll take the guy who's not currently on the disabled list and who's playing in front of the above average defense, namely Harrison. Marcum's gotten a .268 BABIP on a team that's 22 points below average in defensive efficiency, while Harrison's at .294 on an above-average team in that regard. He doesn't miss as many bats, but his chances for sustaining his success appear greater from this vantage. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Grand Rapids Grasshoppers ask that you peek into the future to tell us what will become of Michael Pineda. Should we just release him now, avoiding the frustration of another injury-riddled pitcher? Also, what would you do with a pitching coach who has worked with the likes of Pineda, Joakim Soria, Rich Harden, Joey Devine, Francisco Liriano, Shaun Marcum, Adam Miller, et al? lol
(GR Grasshoppers from Michigan)
Always good to hear from my favorite ex-36er. Being a Cubs fan, I'd send that pitching coach to St. Louis, of course.

You of all people I don't need to tell about the inherent riskiness of pitchers, but as I said before I think Pineda will come back strong. If I were in, say, a Strat league, I'd hang onto him. Unless you'd rather trade him for, oh, I dunno, Matt Capps. (Ken Funck)
2011-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's easy to speculate that something is physically wrong given his injury history and ineffectiveness of late, but do you SEE anything that would lead you to believe there's something wrong with Shaun Marcum, or is he just getting his brains beaten in as pitchers are occasionally wont to do?
(Spencer Steel from Detroit)
Last question...

I don't see anything in Marcum's mechanics or his everyday mannerisms, but then again I'm no scout. What I can say is that Marcum has both stopped throwing his change-up as often this past month or so and has been throwing it worse when he does throw it. As someone who makes his living with that change, it's disheartening to see that. His fastballs aren't fooling hitters as well either.

Some Brewers fans seem to think it's caused by fatigue, since Marcum has never had a 200 IP season before, but he did throw 195 pitches in 2010. I wish I knew the answer, but, with each poor start, it's beginning to look less and less like a "bad luck" issue. (Larry Granillo)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Today, there's a rumor that the Blue Jays will trade for Colby Rasmus: what would you think the cost would be? How likely could this be? Please be kind: all of us Blue Jays fans feel today like Lawrence Fishbourne did a few months ago.
(Will from Mactaquac)
I would say that the Cardinals would definitely want one of the Jays' top young startnig pitchers to start with, likely Shaun Marcum, along with another player or prospect. However, I don't get the sense the Cardinals have Rasmus on the trading block despite his rocky (at times) relationship with Tony La Russa. (John Perrotto)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the projected ETA for Shaun Marcum to return to the Toronto rotation in 2010?
(colavito from Memphis, TN)
Spring Training, just like it was last Spring Training. I have no idea why Toronto tried rushing him back. Well, one idea ... (Will Carroll)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Jays contenders if they would have started the season with Gaston and giving Lind more playing time or is this just a nice looking winning streak that has happened late in the season?
(Ted from at the pool)
Lind's presence over the dessicated remains of Shannon Stewart or Kevin Mench/Brad Wilkerson certainly would have improved matters, but there's a lot of other factors that would have had to go right - better health (and fortune) from Dustin McGowan, Shaun Marcum, B.J. Ryan, Vernon Wells, Scott Rolen... wow, that's a lot right there. A.J. Burnett avoiding his mid-season cold streak, too. Given some better luck in breaks like those, they coulda been contenders, but as it is, it's just a nice-looking winning streak. Their potential as spoilers (7 games vs. Boston as Joe from Tewksbury mentioned above) probably shouldn't be underestimated. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Why is it that a minor leaguer who has a 1.93 era between three levels in the minors(including a great stint in double a) who has an arsenal of an outstanding change and great control, can only seem to garner the ceiling of a 5th starter. Doesn't this sound like Shaun Marcum part deux?
(TheBunk from Toronto)
Because most guys like that have exactly that ceiling. Some break through with excellent command, or an ability to keep the ball down, but most pitchers who lack a good fastball don't make it in MLB. We tend to focus on the exceptions, but the rule exists for a reason. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andy sonnastine or Shaun Marcum for keeper?
(JMan from TP)
Is your pitching that bad, or is the league that deep? (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank and comment on the follow AL Starters. Rich Harden, Shaun Marcum, Phil Hughes, Erik Bedard, John Lackey.
(Bittorrentluvr from Music Theft, IA)
Ok, so you want to roll a whole bunch of information into a single axis, huh? Fair enough. I'll spare you the 4 paragraphs of equivocation...

Lackey
Bedard
Hughes
Marcum
Harden

With the difference between Marcum and Hughes not being particularly large. Of course, move Harden's E(Starts) from eight to thirty, and things change. (Gary Huckabay)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableEnough of Vicente Padilla and company. I've got to see what's going on with Shaun Marcum. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableEnough of Vicente Padilla and company. I've got to see what's going on with Shaun Marcum. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableThe vaunted Rangers offense, at home, against Shaun Marcum, has zero hits through four innings. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableWestbrook and the Blue Jays' Shaun Marcum are both making opening day starts as their first major league outings since undergoing Tommy John surgery. (Jay Jaffe)
 

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