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Joseph Markus is another gigantic lefty drafted by the Kansas City Royals. The 6’7″, 220 lb pitcher worked out of the bullpen for Indian River State College, and like Davis, may not be the same sort of pitcher one would expect from that size.
Last season was not exactly one that would stand out statistically. He had a 3-1 record, but also posted a 6.39 ERA and only struck out 21 batters in 31 innings of work. Markus also only pitches in the mid 80’s with his fastball, so his selection this early seems to be a bit curious.
Perhaps the Royals see something that can be fixed mechanically that could generate a few extra miles per hour on that fastball. He would certainly seem to have the body type where he would be able to consistently pitch in the 90’s, which may make a tremendous difference in his results.
The Kansas City Royals saw something that made them feel that Joseph Markus is a worthwhile gamble in the ninth round. It will be interesting to see how he develops.
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