James Marvel, Mason Martin receive Pirates’ top minor-league honors | TribLIVE.com

James Marvel, Mason Martin receive Pirates’ top minor-league honors

Jerry DiPaola
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher James Marvel delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. It was Marvel’s first start in the Major Leagues.

James Marvel, who has made two starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates in September, and first baseman Mason Martin were named the franchise’s minor-league pitcher and player of the year.

Marvel, a 36th-round draft choice in 2015, recorded a minor-league high 16 victories, the most by Pirates farmhand since Austin Coley won 16 games in 2015.

After compiling a 9-5 record at Double-A Altoona, Marvel, 26, was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis where he compiled a 2.67 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.

”James’ preparation is off the charts,” said Larry Broadway, the Pirates’ senior director of minor-league operations. “His attention to detail in how he goes about the four days in between his starts are really what separates him from the rest and what allows him to execute at the level that he does.

“He is a model for what preparation and execution looks like. He truly earned this honor and the opportunity to pitch in Pittsburgh.”

In his two starts with the Pirates on Sept. 8 and 14, he struggled in losses to the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, allowing nine runs and 13 hits in nine innings.

Martin, 20, was a 17th-round draft choice in 2017. He led minor-league baseball with 129 RBIs and was tied for seventh with 35 home runs. Those numbers were the most by a Pirates minor-leaguer in 15 years.

He split his time between Single-A Greensboro and High-A Bradenton.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the year that Mason had this year,” Broadway said. “He put in a ton of work in the off-season to prepare for this year, and his daily commitment to preparing, learning and growing throughout the season really allowed him to perform at the level he did all year.”

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Sports | Pirates
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.