September 4, 2012
Nick Maronde's Debut
The Angels didn't have a second-round pick in 2011, so after drafting C.J. Cron in the first round they had to wait until the 103rd overall pick to draft their next player: Nick Maronde, a college pitcher out of Florida. Just 15 months later, Maronde made his debut in an Angels uniform on Sunday, against Carlos Peguero. He threw three pitches;
Maronde is the fifth player that Baseball-Reference can find with a line exactly like Maronde in a major-league debut: 1/3 IP, 1 K, 3 pitches. Sure, pitch counts on B-Ref only go back a couple decades. Sure, most pitchers aren't brought in for just one batter in their debuts. Sure, the previous four are only Dan Runzler, Lucas Luetge, Jesse Carlson and Tim Young. But whatever. Maronde did it and now you know he did it.
Here's what we wrote about Maronde in this year's Annual:
And here's what Goldstein wrote about him while ranking him the Angels' no. 8 prospect before the season:
The Angels skipped him past the friendlier Midwest League and sent him to the Cal League, where he had the second-best ERA by a starter. (He was second-best among starters in the Pioneer League in 2011, too. Both times he was topped by the Reds' Tony Cingrani, another lefty starter called up this month to join a contending bullpen.) He earned a quick promotion to Double-A and threw loads of strikes, with a shrinking K rate: 21 strikeouts, three walks in 32 innings for Arkansas. He made two relief appearances at the end of the Texas League season, his first relief outings since he was a college closer. He's probably still not what you'd call a tremendous prospect, but he's the third player from his draft to make the majors.