Marcus Crescentini: Miami Marlins 2018 Season Review
Marcus Crescentini is a pitcher who was in the Miami Marlins system for just over two seasons.
He pitched at four levels for the Miami Marlins, signing through free agency and leaving through free agency.
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Marcus Jordan Crescentini is a 6’4″, 240 lb. right-handed pitcher from Tampa, Florida. Born on December 26th, 1992, he was a 26th round choice of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. Prior to his selection, he played college ball for Indian River Community College, Missouri Baptist, and the University of Tampa.
Players chosen as Crescentini were, with the 792nd overall choice, have never made it to the major leagues (out of 47 players).
After finishing up 2015 with the rookie-level Ogden Raptors, in the Pioneer League, Crescentini was promoted to the single-A Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League for the 2016 season. After posting a 7.71 ERA over 16 1/3 innings, the Dodgers released him on June 12th.
Seven days later, the Miami Marlins came calling with a minor league deal, which Crescentini signed. Assigned to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League, he struck out five in four innings in four contests, then was quickly pushed up a level to the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League.
Crescentini dropped in a 1.48 ERA in 30 innings for the Hoppers, striking out an incredible 47 batters for a 13.95 K/9 ratio. He was 2-3 with a 1.088 WHIP. Through the first half of 2017 he remained in North Carolina, going 2-0 with a 1.03 ERA and another 47 K’s in 35 innings. Between the two seasons, he allowed 37 hits in 65 innings overall. That’s a .183 opponent’s batting average over a not-small sample.
On July 22nd, the Miami Marlins promoted Crescentini to the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. Through the remainder of the 2017 campaign, he was 1-1 with three saves, a 2.20 ERA, and 21 whiffs in 16 frames.
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2018 would begin for Crescentini at a higher level, with the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League. Although he continued to strike out batters at an impressive clip, getting 24 to miss in 25 innings, he also walked 19 and allowed 23 hits for an unwieldy 1.658 WHIP. Sent back down to the Hammerheads for two appearances in late-June, the Marlins released him seven days after his demotion.
Since leaving, Crescentini has caught on with the independent Kansas City T-Bones, in the American Association. He’s come into 25 games in relief and put up some good numbers. 36 Ks in 27 innings, against only 11 hits allowed.
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