Ht: 6'1" Wt: 170
Acquired: UDFA signee in 2010, from Modesto Junior College, CA
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- Player-written article: Terance Marin on his unique path to AAA
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Marin is certainly not your prototypical prospect. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, he put up strong numbers as a reliever across three levels through 2012. Then he was moved to a starting role in 2013, and put up middling numbers in Advanced A. In 2014 repeating at Winston-Salem, he opened the season with two horrendous starts for A+ Winston-Salem and was quickly released. But a couple months with Evansville of the Frontier League had him add a cutter and change some pitch grips, and the White Sox re-signed him in June. His numbers as a starter were better than his previous year, and he got a late-season promotion to AA Birmingham. Then onto the Mexican Winter League (Los Mochis), Marin took his mechanical changes further, and his fastball was suddenly hitting the mid-90s. In 2015, Marin opened the season being loaned to Tijuana of the Mexican League (something the Sox have rarely ever done), and then was transferred to AAA Charlotte. There he surprised seemingly everyone by posting a 0.96 ERA in his first six starts, then swung between starting and relief roles the remainder of that season putting up more mundane numbers. 2016 had Marin back in Charlotte, splitting time between the rotation, bullpen and phantom DL, putting up numbers much less inspiring than in 2015.
Marin's fastball is of the sinking variety and generates lots of ground balls, and he's got what a scout called a major league cutter to go with it. Marin also throws a change, slider and curveball. This righty has always shown good control, with a career 1.9 BB/9, and his stuff tends to prevent the long ball effectively. While he certainly has the stamina to start, his tools may play better in the bullpen. He recently re-signed with the White Sox (was a minor league free agent).
Major League Outlook: Long man or middle reliever
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