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    Sean Marshall
    Ht: 6'6
    Wt: 205lbs
    B/T: L/L
    DOB: 7/30/1982
    Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia

    Here is one of fast and rising pitching stars of the Cubs system. Taken in the 6th round (163rd overall) of 2003 draft. His brother Brian was taken in 5th round (144th overall) in the same draft. One of the highest twin tandums ever to have been drafted in the same MLB draft. Both are tall imposing lefties with good control, Brian throws harder, but Sean has more life to his pitches, and has more strength to his arm. Chalk that up to being a starter throughout college while Brian was converted to a closer due to a less impressive arsenal. Coming out of college, Sean was revered as a "soft-tossing" lefty starter while his brother Brian was a harder thrower and considered the more projectable of the two talents. It has taken Sean no time at all to surpass his twin in terms of prospect status. Sean has added more weight to his frame thus adding more velocity. For a general rule of thumb, each 15 pounds (of mainly muscle) added to a pitcher's body they tend to gain 1-2 mph on their pitches. Sean has been the receiptent of that, as he has added 25 lbs since being drafted by the Cubs. As he continues to develop and grow into his body, he might add another 25 pounds to his 6'6 - 6'7 stature.

    The Virginia Commonweath has been another very popular area for the Cubs drafting in the past few years, such as Jason Dubois, Josh Arteaga, Anthony Granato, Danny Lopaze, and Nick Jones. In college, Sean was one of the most dominating pitchers in the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association), helping lead VCU to two Conference Championships in 2002 and 2003 as well as three NCAA regionals in 2001, 2002 and 2003. And it seemed he always brought his "A" game in pressure situations, his record in the CAA tournaments was 3-0 going 21 IP, giving up 11 hits, 6 er, 6 bb, 27 k.

    In 2001 he was selected the CAA Rookie of the Year, named on the 2nd Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and 1st team Freshman by Collegiate Baseball. In 2002, he set a CAA tournament record by striking out 17 batters in 12 IP and Baseball America named his curveball the best in the CAA and finished the season really strong, at one point recording back to back 11 K preformances, and was phenomenal in his final 5 starts (1.31 ERA, 20 2/3 IP, 6 BB, 27 K). In 2003, he was overshadowd by teammate Justin Orenduff whom was selected by the Dodgers in the first round (33rd overall) in the 2004 but still made 2003 second team CAA tournament team.


    Virginia Commonwealth University

    In 2001 as a freshman, he posted a 9-4 record while appearing in 21 games and 10 of those being starts. He threw 72 IP, giving up 65 hits, 27 earned runs, 5 hrs, 30 bb, 69 k, 3.38 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .237 BAA

    In 2002 as a sophomore, he had a 3-4 record, appearing in 19 games, 15 as a starter, throwing a complete game and notching up a save. He threw 85 IP, giving up 99 hits, 42 earned runs, 1 hr, 26 bb, 90 k, 4.45 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, .288 BAA

    In 2003 as a junior, he posted a 7-2 record, appearing/starting in 15 games. He had 2 complete games with one being a shutout 86 1/3 IP, giving up 77 hits, 25 earned runs, 4 hrs, 29 bb, 95 k, 2.61 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .239 BAA.

    The Cubs signed him early and had him pitching for the Boise Hawks that same season and he even appeared in one game at Lansing. Baseball America named him the 6th best prospect in the Northwest League.

    2003 Boise (short A)
    He appeared/started in 14 games, posting a 5-6 record, going 73 IP, giving up 66 hits, 21 earned runs, 1 hr, 23 bb, 88 k, 2.59 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .232 BAA

    2003 Lansing (low A)
    In 1 start, he got the win, going 7 IP, giving up 5 hits, 0 er, 0 bb, 11 k.

    In 2004, he opened up the season in Lansing and dominated, of the 201 batters he faced only 38 got on base, thus earning a callup to West Tennessee, completely bypassing Daytona. He didn't make a smooth transition to AA though and was stopped midseason due to a torn tendon on his middle finger of his pitching hand. To get him some more work, the Cubs had him pitch in the Arizona Fall League before his reaggrevated his finger injury.

    2004 Lansing (low A)
    In 7 starts, he was 2-0 with a complete game shutout. Hen went 48 2/3 IP giving up 29 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 hr, 4 bb, 51k, 1.11 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, .171 BAA

    2004 West Tennessee (AA)
    In 6 starts, he was 2-2 going 29 IP, giving up 36 hits, 19 earned runs, 2 hrs, 12 bb, 23 k, 5.90 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, .293 BAA.

    2004 Arizona Fall League
    In 5 starts, he was 0-1 going 18 1/3 IP, giving up 21 hits, 8 er, 2 bb, 16 k, 3.93 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .284 BAA

    The Cubs saw the error of their ways the previous season and started Sean off in Daytona where he earned a spot on the All Star team in the Florida State League. With nothing left to prove in the FSL (high A) the Cubs promoted him to West Tennessee in late June. Before experiencing shoulder soreness, Sean was quite marvelous in the Southern League (AA). But as soon as Sean mentioned some shoulder soreness after his dominating preformance (8 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) on July 9th against one of the top teams in the Carolina Mudcats, the Cubs took no chances and shut him down.

    2005 Daytona (high A)
    In 12 starts, he went 4-4 with a complete game, while going 69 IP, giving up 63 hits, 21 earned runs, 7 hrs, 26 bb, 61 k, 2.74 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .233 BAA

    2005 West Tennessee (AA)
    In 4 starts, he was 0-1, going 25 IP, giving up 16 hits, 7 earned runs, 1 hr, 5 bb, 24 k, 2.52 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, .176 BAA


    Pitching: Marshall's not going to overpower the competition with blazing speeds but he hits his spots very well and he has mastered changing speeds. For most of the 2005 season, his fastball was sitting 89-91 mph but touched 95 several occasions. It's probably better that he keeps his fastball in the lower 90's as it adds more sink to it. Something the Cubs have been doing lately is draft pitchers who keep the ball on the ground and in the park, and Marshall is a perfect example. Although he did give up an uncharacteristically 7 homers in Daytona, with most given up very early in the season as he was still rebounding and rebuilding arm strength from his previous finger injury.

    In addition to his sinking fastball, he throws two other plus pitches in a curveball and a changeup and is tinkering with a slider, due to his finger injury, he hasn't been able to throw his plus splitter. His most notable offspeed pitch is his curveball, it's filthy and he spots it so well. Put this into consideration, Sean is a control artist, he's constantly around the plate yet he has thrown 24 wild pitches in 251 2/3 IP(9 WP in 94 IP in 2005), almost all on curveballs. Add in a changeup that he works well into his pitches, and Sean can be deadly. When I saw him in West Tennessee this year against the Hunstville Stars, he pitched admirable but was outdueled by fellow sinkerballer Dana Eveland. In 6 innings, Sean gave up 4 hits, 3 being doubles, 3 ER, 2 bb, 8 k. Sean was carving up batters throughout the game, in one account against a batter, he started him off with a curveball outside, threw a changeup inside, and came back inside with a fastball to get the strikeout. He had other similiar works against Star players, and was very impressive at points. His only bad stretch was to start the third when he gave up back to back doubles (both on hanging curves), and a stolen third base that led to two runs.


    Durability: Last year's 94 IP between Daytona and West Tennessee was the most he's ever thrown in a professional season before. Sean has missed significant time the last two seasons. In 2004, his season was shut down in June due to a ruptured tendon on the middle finger on his pitching hand. In 2005, he suffered some soreness in his biceps and deltoids that caused him to miss significant time. The Cubs are being very cautious with the him, and rightfully so. There aren't too many big lefties with control out there.


    Biggest Strength: Command

    This kid could hit a dime from 60 feet away. His highest BB/9 was this season between Daytona and West Tenn with 2.96 which is still extremely good. Not only can he pinpoint his sinker but he can lock in his curve and change whenever need be. He needs to keep that control in order to be an effective future major leaguer. With his solid mechanics, he shouldn't have to worry about his control faultering that much though.


    Biggest Weakness: Holding runners

    Sean doesn't hold runners on too well especially for being a lefty. His pickoff move to first is below average, and he tends to forget about runners when they reach second. It's something that he needs to work on and has enough time to develop a better move. Not only does Marshall need to watch the runners more but he needs to prove to management that he can be counted on to go every 5th day for the majority of the season.


    Keys to Success: Staying healthy

    As was mentioned earlier Sean hasn't pitched a full season since being signed by the Cubs. After his finger injury in 2004 the Cubs babied Marshall in 2005 and when he mentioned some soreness after a start the Cubs immediately shut him down. He definately could have pitched more but the Cubs took a very conservative approach as they have with most of their young arms in the past few years. Next season is big for Marshall in that the organization is expecting big things from him, and he's expected to pitch more in 2006 than he ever has professional.


    MLB Comparison: Mark Mulder

    Both have a similiar size, and Marshall is still likely to get bigger in the coming years. I saw Mulder pitch at Michigan State, but never got the chance to face him. He was absolutely filthy though and completely dominated the Big 10 in 1998. Marshall's stuff isn't as good as Mulder's but their repetoire is the same, at least it was before Sean wasn't able to throw his plus splitter due to the tendon finger injury. Sean might break the splitter back out in 2006 but not heavily. Both pitchers have a good sinker, effectively spot it, induce groundballs and keep the ball in the yard.


    Bob’s Bottom Line: The Cubs are very high on Marshall and they feel he is on the verge of a breakthrough season in 2006. In all likelihood he will start the season in West Tennessee. He could make a great jump like Rich Hill did last season. Hell, Marshall's 2005 season made the Cubs feel confident enough to deal Renyal Pinto, whom management never loved too dearly. If Marshall has another outstanding season, he could see time in Iowa or even the MLB late in the season. In fact he could leapfrog Hill and make him expendible next season as his stuff is better and he locates his pitches more effectively than Rich does. Without question Marshall is the Cubs minor league pitcher to keep your eye on next season.

    Next Scouting Report: Geovany Soto
    What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
    Line Drive: .356
    HBP: .342
    Non-Intentional Walk: .315
    Intentional Walk: .176
    Outfield Fly: .035
    Groundball: -.101
    Bunts: -.103
    Infield Fly: -.243
    Strikeout: -.287
    It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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    Thought I'd bump it since the announcement
    What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
    Line Drive: .356
    HBP: .342
    Non-Intentional Walk: .315
    Intentional Walk: .176
    Outfield Fly: .035
    Groundball: -.101
    Bunts: -.103
    Infield Fly: -.243
    Strikeout: -.287
    It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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    • #3
      I'm real excited about this guy.

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      • #4
        I wanted this guy to make the team. I think he can help a lot.
        "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
        -Rogers Hornsby-

        "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
        -Rogers Hornsby-

        Just a note to all the active members of BBF, I consider all of you the smartest baseball people I have ever communicated with and love everyday I am on here. Thank you all!

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        • #5
          Where did that scouting report come from? That was a very interesting read and I would like to see more of them.
          Tinker, Evers, Chance & Steinfeldt: The nucleus of our elite World Series teams!!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TRIPxCORE
            Where did that scouting report come from? That was a very interesting read and I would like to see more of them.
            Thanks, I compile the scouting reports myself. So far I've done Felix Pie, Angel Guzman, Rich Hill, Eric Patterson, Matt Murton, Ryan Harvey, Jae-kuk Ryu, Adam Greenberg, Sean Marshall, Geovany Soto, and Ronny Cedeno and I'm almost done with Sean Gallagher.

            Check out all of them at Cubshub
            What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
            Line Drive: .356
            HBP: .342
            Non-Intentional Walk: .315
            Intentional Walk: .176
            Outfield Fly: .035
            Groundball: -.101
            Bunts: -.103
            Infield Fly: -.243
            Strikeout: -.287
            It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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            • #7
              i saw gallagher in kane county last year in a A game, he looked damn good

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              • #8
                Awsome read, i learned alot of stuff bout the kid that i didn't know.

                However, You can call me a hater, but I didn’t like what I saw from this kid on Friday and I definetly don’t think he’s ready for the major leagues. It seemed like the pressure got to him, you have to worry when you keep walking guys with 2outs. I think it’s a mistake to give the ball to this kid on Sunday Night Baseball against St. Louis. They could tear him up real good and kill his confidence.
                Impossible is Nothing.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Prior22Fan
                  Awsome read, i learned alot of stuff bout the kid that i didn't know.

                  However, You can call me a hater, but I didn’t like what I saw from this kid on Friday and I definetly don’t think he’s ready for the major leagues. It seemed like the pressure got to him, you have to worry when you keep walking guys with 2outs. I think it’s a mistake to give the ball to this kid on Sunday Night Baseball against St. Louis. They could tear him up real good and kill his confidence.
                  you have to look at the field partially-he would've been fine but everything was hit 330-340 ft and that park is very short down the lines, he really did fairly well

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Prior22Fan
                    Awsome read, i learned alot of stuff bout the kid that i didn't know.

                    However, You can call me a hater, but I didn’t like what I saw from this kid on Friday and I definetly don’t think he’s ready for the major leagues. It seemed like the pressure got to him, you have to worry when you keep walking guys with 2outs. I think it’s a mistake to give the ball to this kid on Sunday Night Baseball against St. Louis. They could tear him up real good and kill his confidence.
                    Thanks, I try to keep fans up to date on the Cubs' up and coming prospects. Marshall is by far the best in house choice for the Sunday Night game. He's the most ready prospect starter we have at this moment. He doesn't get rattled too easily under pressure, he locates his pitches, isn't afraid to challenge hitters, and he mixes speeds like a pro. Guzman still has questions about his health and durability, Ryu needs more seasoning, and Williams was basically handed the job and threw it away with erratic control. Don't judge Marshall on the game at Cashman Field against the Padres, judge it by his spring training. Despite Arizona's climate the ball jumps there and curveball pitchers usually can't get a break, yet Marshall was great there. Yet when he goes to Las Vegas, whose thin air is worse than Arizona for pitchers, and rivals some MLB stadiums like Coors, Arlington, Great America, etc in terms of offensive power production, he got hit hard as most do.

                    The Sunday Night game fits Marshall well, it's in Chicago. Sure it's against the defending NL Central champs the Cards, but it sure beats the other option which was to start him in Great American Ballpark against the best offensive team in the the NL in the one of the best hitters' parks in MLB. If Marshall can handle the Cards on Sunday then he can handle anything that the majors throws at him.



                    Originally posted by redwhitenblue
                    you have to look at the field partially-he would've been fine but everything was hit 330-340 ft and that park is very short down the lines, he really did fairly well
                    Cashman Field is notoriously known for being one of the best hitters' parks in all of minor league baseball. It's dimensions are small especially down the lines, 328 ft; it's 364 ft in the alleys and 433 ft in center. Sean should fair much better in the confines of Wrigley, high grass, night game, and bigger park even if it is the Cardinals.

                    On a side note about ballparks, I'd love to see a new modern day Polo Grounds, maybe not in the majors. Something that is very easy to knock homers out down the lines, and plenty of outfield ground in the gaps between corner OFs and CF. Just to give you an idea of the dimensions of the Polo Grounds, 279 ft in Left, 483 ft to center, 258 ft to Right.


                    What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
                    Line Drive: .356
                    HBP: .342
                    Non-Intentional Walk: .315
                    Intentional Walk: .176
                    Outfield Fly: .035
                    Groundball: -.101
                    Bunts: -.103
                    Infield Fly: -.243
                    Strikeout: -.287
                    It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Prior22Fan
                      Awsome read, i learned alot of stuff bout the kid that i didn't know.

                      However, You can call me a hater, but I didn’t like what I saw from this kid on Friday and I definetly don’t think he’s ready for the major leagues. It seemed like the pressure got to him, you have to worry when you keep walking guys with 2outs. I think it’s a mistake to give the ball to this kid on Sunday Night Baseball against St. Louis. They could tear him up real good and kill his confidence.
                      Last night Sean did a great job recovering from a nervous first inning. I think he ran down 9 cards after giving up the Edmunds bomb. He should have an easier time against a Pittsburgh lineup that doesn't have the same 'killers row' this next weekend.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by terrenjpeterson
                        Last night Sean did a great job recovering from a nervous first inning. I think he ran down 9 cards after giving up the Edmunds bomb. He should have an easier time against a Pittsburgh lineup that doesn't have the same 'killers row' this next weekend.
                        rolen's "bomb"

                        he did excellent, sad to see he didn't even get a chance to get the W but i think he'll get 5 in vs pitts

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by redwhitenblue
                          rolen's "bomb"

                          he did excellent, sad to see he didn't even get a chance to get the W but i think he'll get 5 in vs pitts
                          The Pirates situation will be much different, on the road, in Pittsburgh, with no one in the stands alot less pressure than the home opening series against the NL Central champs and a packed audience. Considering all things, I think Marshall did a tremendous job and I look forward to seeing more of him until Wood/Prior return

                          I know Dusty reasoned that Marshall didn't go beyond 4 IP in spring training, but I would think his pitch count would be more of a concern. And in that regard I wouldn't be suprised to see Marshall be allowed to go 85-90 pitches at all. He threw 63 pitches against the Redbirds, and the most he threw in spring training was 77 in the last game versus the Padres. And to top it off Marshall is a sinkerball and the more the throws it, the more dip it gets. Hopefully his next start will have an umpire who actually calls pitches in the strikezone behind the plate.
                          What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
                          Line Drive: .356
                          HBP: .342
                          Non-Intentional Walk: .315
                          Intentional Walk: .176
                          Outfield Fly: .035
                          Groundball: -.101
                          Bunts: -.103
                          Infield Fly: -.243
                          Strikeout: -.287
                          It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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                          • #14
                            He looked solid last night, and as young as he is, with his limitted experience, he seems like a keeper. He'd do well to get more seasoning on the farm, but he's got solid stuff, and I like his delivery. He seems like a bit of a different type of young starter than our norm; he's not an overpowering, strikeout guy, but if he keeps the ball down he's going to get a lot of ground balls with that good sinker, and I like that power curve (to be honest, the ump didn't help the kid much when he refused to give him anything up in the zone on his breaking ball). An encouraging first start, when you consider how bad it could've gotten considering the lineup he was facing, and it's got to give him a lot of confidence that he helped us get the win against our hated rivals. I was impressed with Marshall, and hopefully he continues to mature and gives us a solid lefty presence in the near future.

                            Bob, that was a terrific scouting report, thanks for the info and I'm anxious to read your other reports
                            Last edited by Schaddy; 04-10-2006, 09:15 PM.
                            GO CUBS

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                            • #15
                              I thought he looked good too. Some more experience and refinement will give us a good #2 or 3.
                              Tinker, Evers, Chance & Steinfeldt: The nucleus of our elite World Series teams!!!!

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