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From Gwinnett to the Show: Matt Marksberry

Matt Marksberry (Chris Roughgarden)

Left-handed relief pitcher Matt Marksberry pitched 11 times for the Gwinnett Braves, going 0-0 with a 2.61 ERA, before the Atlanta Braves promoted him on July 30. (Chris Roughgarden)

Left-handed reliever Matt Marksberry began the season at Advanced-A Carolina in April with a goal to simply earn a promotion to one of the two highest minor league levels at some point in the following five months.

However, the 24-year-old pitcher who the Atlanta Braves drafted in the 15th round of the 2013 June free agent draft was already in the Major Leagues before the end of July.

“It was shocking because I didn’t expect it,” Marksberry said.

Marksberry went 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA (11 ER in 35.2 IP) and two saves in 22 relief outings for the Carolina Mudcats to begin his second full professional season and skipped Double-A completely, as the Braves promoted him on June 29 to Triple-A Gwinnett.

He was 0-0 with a 2.61 ERA (3 ER in 10.1 IP) and one save in 11 relief appearances for the G-Braves. Then manager Brian Snitker told Marksberry he would be headed to Philadelphia to meet up with the Braves on July 30.

Marksberry pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in his Major League debut on July 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He didn’t even allow a run until his sixth outing on August 9 to the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Through eight outings, he is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (4 ER in 8.0 IP).

“You can’t really rely on fastballs up here,” Marksberry said of the differences he’s noticed about pitching in the big leagues. “It’s a good go-ahead pitch, but in my last outing (on Wednesday at Tampa Bay) because I honestly threw way too many fastballs. In my previous outings, I mixed it a little bit better.”

The Cincinnati native spent hardly more than one month with the G-Braves, but he said he learned a lot during that short time because of the number of veterans on the squad in Gwinnett.

“It was also cool to pick their brains about stuff and figure out stuff about pitching,” Marksberry said. “Everywhere I’ve been to has been real nice to me. It’s awesome to have a bunch of older guys who have the experience they have and have the big-league time that they have, to treat me as one of them instead of like a rookie.”

The journey to the top level of baseball has made 2015 a “whirlwind” year, Marksberry said, but all of the surprises and moves have been positives for a pitcher who has been more than happy to enjoy the ride.

“It’s the most exciting thing that’s happened in my life so far,” he said.


Cincinnati Reds’ Todd Redmond Lighting it Up

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The former Gwinnett Braves starting pitcher Todd Redmond is now in the Cincinnati Reds system pitching for their Triple-A team, the Louisville Bats and the right-hander is enjoying his time with the new organization. Redmond won his first start with the Bats in convincing fashion on Saturday against one of the International League’s best teams, the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The G-Braves former farmhand spent four seasons in Triple-A with Gwinnett of the Atlanta Braves organization without ever making an appearance in a Major League game. This season with the Braves, Redmond received the promotion to Atlanta but never actually appeared in a game. At the conclusion of the Braves game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Redmond was told the news that he was going back to Gwinnett. The stand-up guy that Redmond is, took the demotion in stride and handled it like a professional.

On Saturday, Redmond shut down an IL top team in the form of the Paw Sox, when worked 7.0 scoreless innings for his first victory in a Bats uniform. The right-hander struck out eight hitters, walked just one and surrendered five hits as Redmond moves his record to 1-0 alongside his 0.00 ERA.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

After spending years in the Braves organization, Redmond has started his career over again with a new team which more times than not, helps a player move forward. The St. Petersburg, FL native was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and then was traded to the Braves in 2008, as the pitcher has played for three different National League teams in his career.

For the 2012 season between Gwinnett and Lousiville, Redmond has a combined 7-6 record alongside a 3.36 ERA in 19 starts. Redmond struck out a team-high 104 batters while walking just 29 in 112.2 innings pitched. The former G-Brave is set to play against his former teammates at Coolray Field for a four-game series from August 10-13.

By: Tony Piraro