Marks (1-0) pitched three perfect innings in Sunday's 8-0 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies, striking out two. Marks now has 10 scoreless innings to his name this spring and is a candidate for either a rotation or bullpen spot. The 29-year-old southpaw had an extensive minor league career with the Royals and turned in a quality season at Triple-A Durham in 2016 despite a 7-11 record. He acquitted himself well over his nine-inning major league stint with Tampa as well, generating a 1.00 ERA, albeit with some control issues. His work this spring and in his brief stint last year has made a positive impression on manager Kevin Cash. "He's kind of in that (Chase) Whitley category where he's shown the ability to do both, start or relieve,'' Cash said. "He's going to help us. I don't when, Opening Day, throughout the season, but he's going to help us just with the way we saw him last year, came up, didn't seem bothered by too much."
Marks, who struck out two and gave up one hit over one inning in Sunday's 5-3 Grapefruit League win over the Blue Jays, is making a push for a bullpen spot this spring, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 29-year-old southpaw has quietly been impressive, firing 3.2 scoreless innings over three appearances and striking out four over that span. With Xavier Cedeno as the only viable lefty option out of the bullpen at present, Marks could certainly make a strong case for himself if he remains effective. Although he notably had control issues in his cup of coffee with the big league club last season, he impressed overall, giving up only one earned run on seven hits and nine walks over nine innings across four appearances.
Marks was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Marks pitched well in his two appearances out of the major league bullpen this season, but the Rays decided it was time to send the career minor-leaguer off the 40-man roster following an up-and-down season at Triple-A. The left-hander will likely act as an organizational depth piece moving forward.
Marks was utilized in long relief once again against the Yankees on Wednesday, giving up an earned run on four hits and a walk over three innings. He also recorded a strikeout. The 28-year-old southpaw, who made his 2016 debut back on Sep. 9 against this same Yankees squad, was impressive once again in extended action. Marks fired 46 pitches overall, getting 30 into the strike zone. After an up-and-down season at Triple-A Durham that included a losing record but a no-hitter as well, Marks has generated a solid 1.50 ERA over his six innings with the big league club.
Marks fired a no-hitter in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Syracuse, issuing only two walks and striking out seven. The 28-year-old threw 130 pitches on the evening, getting 70 of them in the strike zone. His only blemish was the pair of walks he issued, but Marks otherwise stymied the Syracuse lineup in what was his only complete game of the season to date. Marks pitched well in his previous start as well versus Pawtucket, and has now allowed just one earned run over his last 15 innings. The no-no is a momentous feat in an otherwise difficult campaign for the journeyman, considering he's sporting a 3-10 record overall.