James Marvel

Born: September 17, 1993
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 36th Round, 1087th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: Duke University
Agent: N/A


Marvel was drafted by the Twins in 2012, but ended up going to Duke.  He didn’t pitch much, undergoing Tommy John surgery late in his sophomore year, and missing all of the 2015 season.  In his two years pitching for Duke, he combined for a 2.94 ERA in 67.1 innings, with a 38:24 K/BB ratio.  Marvel was working in the 89-91 MPH range out of high school, but it’s unknown where he’s at after his injury.  Given his situation, it seemed questionable whether the Pirates would be able to sign him, but they did, two days before the deadline.  He wasn’t available to pitch until 2016.

A-:  5-6-0, 4.43 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 65.0 IP, 2.8 BB/9, 5.7 K/9

Marvel spent the season in the Morgantown rotation, which was a success in itself.  He pitched better than his ERA, with a good WHIP and only one HR allowed.  His 3.46 FIP is probably a better indication of his season.  He held right-handed hitters to a .549 OPS, while left-handed hitters managed .692.  Again, neither figure is one you’d expect from a guy with a high ERA.  The main negative was that Marvel didn’t miss many bats.

Considering that he stayed healthy and put up mostly good numbers in a season that was both his return from Tommy John and his pro debut, 2016 was a good season for Marvel.  He should be in the West Virginia rotation in 2017.

2017: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: $150,000
MiLB Debut: 2016
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 6, 2012: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 37th round, 1120th overall pick.
June 10, 2015:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 36th round, 1087th overall pick; signed on July 13.

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