Evan Marshall flashed some potential in 2014, striking out 54 hitters in 49.1 innings while recording a 2.74 ERA. For Arizona the last two seasons, however, Marshall has posted ERAs of 6.08 and 8.80. The biggest difference: Marshall's lack of strikeouts. In 2014, he posted a 9.85 K/9. That dropped to 4.73 in 2015 and failed to climb that high at 5.28 last season. His fastball averaged 93.4 mph last season, which wasn't far off from the 93.9 mph he averaged in 2014, so it appears his stuff is about the same. If Marshall is able to start racking up more strikeouts, he could move into a higher-leverage role in 2017. He did post 19 holds in that 2014 season, so Arizona could regain confidence in Marshall late in games.
Marshall was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. Marshall was one of the Diamondbacks' most reliable setup men in 2014, but his performance has fallen off a cliff in both of the last two seasons, which put him on the outside looking in for a bullpen role heading into spring training. He proved far too hittable in Cactus League play with opposing batters piling up a .391 average against him, so he'll need to correct his flaws in Reno before he receives consideration for a promotion to the Diamondbacks.
Marshall was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports. Marshall struggled during his short stint in the majors, posting a 19.20 ERA and 3.43 WHIP over just 2.1 innings pitched.
Marshall was Marshall will restore some depth in the Diamondbacks' bullpen after the team dealt away Tyler Clippard to the Yankees earlier Sunday. Don't expect Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale to turn to Marshall for high-leverage duty right away after he submitted a 6.92 ERA and 2.15 WHIP across 13 innings with Arizona earlier this season.
Marshall was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Friday. He'll try to get back on track in the minors after posting a 6.92 ERA and 2.15 WHIP over 13 innings with Arizona. Marshall has been unable to replicate his 2014 success with the D-backs over the past two seasons, shuttling between Triple-A and the big leagues, and suffering a near fatal head injury after getting struck in the head by a comebacker at Reno last season.
Marshall allowed six hits and three earned runs in just 1.1 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. Marshall is really struggling this year. His ERA is up to 7.11 and his WHIP is 2.05. He also has an unsightly 6:7 K:BB across 12.2 innings. Simply put, Marshall isn't getting it done, and he may find himself back in the minors if he can't turn it around.