Marisnick with the Astros in 2014
Houston Astros – No. 6
Born: March 30, 1991|
|July 23, 2013 for the Miami Marlins|
(through May 11, 2015)
|Runs batted in||37|
Jacob Shawn Marisnick (born March 30, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. He attended Riverside Polytechnic High School. He debuted in the major leagues with the Miami Marlins in 2013 and was traded to the Houston Astros in 2014.
Marisnick attended Riverside Polytechnic High School in Riverside, California. He excelled for the school's baseball team, and was initially expected to be a first-round choice in the upcoming Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. However, he struggled during showcase events, and had a .406 batting average as a senior, lower than his batting average in his sophomore and junior years. He committed to attend the University of Oregon on a college baseball scholarship.
The Toronto Blue Jays drafted Marisnick in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Rather than attend Oregon, Marisnick signed with the Blue Jays, receiving a $1 million signing bonus, more than double the suggested bonus for a player drafted at that position. Before the 2012 season, MLB.com rated Marisnick as the 58th best prospect in baseball. On November 19, 2012, Marisnick was traded to the Miami Marlins along with Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino, in exchange for Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, José Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio. On January 29, 2013, Marisnick was named number 70 on MLB's Top 100 Prospects list.
Major league career
On July 23, 2013, the Marlins promoted Marisnick and Christian Yelich to the major leagues from the Double-A Jacksonville Suns. Marisnick recorded his first major league hit on July 26, 2013, off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke. Marisnick hit his first career home run in a game against the New York Mets on July 31, 2013.
The Marlins optioned Marisnick to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on March 27, 2014. He was recalled on June 16 when Christian Yelich was added to the disabled list.
On July 31, 2014, the Marlins traded Marisnick, Colin Moran, Frances Martes, and a compensatory draft pick to the Houston Astros for Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernández, and Austin Wates. Marisnick played in 51 games for the Astros in 2014, compiling a batting average of .272 with 3 home runs, 19 RBI, and 6 stolen bases. He also displayed strong defense while playing the outfield, with a fielding percentage of .984 and a range factor of 2.57. He made his first opening day MLB start for the Astros on April 6, 2015 and through the end of that month led the team with a batting average of .379 and OPS of 1.043.
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