Once seen as being on the fast track to playing a big part in the Angels bullpen, Nick Maronde took a big step backwards in 2013 instead. Can he get himself back on track?
Position: LHP Highest Level: Majors
Bats: B Throws: L Height: 6'3" Weight: 206
Age: 24 Born: 9/5/1989
2013 Rank: #2
2013 Season Stats
Double-A: 56.1 IP, 2-4, 0 SV, 3.51 ERA, 41 H, 37 BB, 4 HR, 63 SO, 3.96 FIP, .266 BABIP, 42.0 GB%
Majors: 5.1 IP, 0-0, 0 SV, 6.75 ERA, 4 H, 8 BB, 1 HR, 5 SO, 8.11 FIP, .214 BABIP, 46.7 GB%
Fastball = B
Part of the reason Nick Maronde ranked so high last year was that as a left-handed starter, we saw him pound his fastball into the mitt at 92-93 on a continual basis. Not only is this slightly above average velocity for a starter in general, it’s a good 3-4 mph harder than most LHP. This past season however, he transitioned to reliever and due to arm troubles and mechanical adjustments we saw his fastball dip down into the high 80’s which was a big red flag. By the end of the season however he was back to 90-92. It still isn’t as hard as he was throwing before, but it is sign for optimism. As a reliever, we’d hope he’d throw even harder but Maronde seems to be able to get by without a mid 90’s fastball.
Offspeed Pitches = C+
Maronde throws a tight slider that is effective at any level and grades out as “plus”, but it would appear since he made the decision to pitch in relief, he’s abandoned the changeup, which isn’t such a bad thing as it needed a lot of work before.
Control = D
Another reason for Maronde’s diminished value as a prospect is the sudden inability to put the ball over the plate. In his first two seasons as a pro when he was pitching out of the rotation, Maronde’s BB/9 sat at a sparkling 2.4. Last season, his first full season as a reliever we saw that number creep all the way up to 5.9. Clearly, some adjustments are needed, or perhaps he needs to go back to pitching as a starter. Since we’ve seen him be so strong in this area before, I hold out hope that his control will again return.
Command = C
With the lost ability to throw strikes came the lost ability to spot his pitches wherever they needed to be. It’s honestly as though we were watching two completely different pitchers between 2012 and 2013.
Mechanics = C
I never liked Maronde’s mechanics in the first place. The stiff throwing arm and motion seem to take stress off the shoulder and elbow and yet at the same time I think it prevents him from reaching his full capacity as a pitcher. But his pre-release motion still seems like the simple drop & drive variety.