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Marcus is 2024 catching prospect out of the Midwest who is an advanced defender with power profile as an offensive player. Behind the dish Marcus stands out for his advanced feel for receiving with a strong frame and good mobility he sets up low with a solid base allowing for his strong wrists and soft hands to move the baseball efficiently on borderline pitches with ability to stick pitches in the zone and handle breaking pitches. He has the projection to be an advanced defender with impact potential. Offensively his strong frame presents a power profile where his swing plays with bat speed, a path geared to drive the baseball in the air, a feel for the barrel that allows him to get to his low 90 mph exit velocity consistently. He has HR power to the pull side and potential to use the big part of the field for impact. Marcus is an intriguing prospect in the 2024 class at a premium defensive position where he will stick and power potential on the offensive side.
03/13/2021 - Spring Pro Training Experience - MD (HS)
Marcus continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a promising future on the diamond. At the plate, he improved his power potential through an open setup. Hands are quick (88 mph exit velocity) and work through level swing path. He stays inside the ball utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop. Behind the plate, feet are active as he works in line through a clean transfer/exchange. He shows a squared setup and presents a soft mitt out front. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process, centering balls well out front.
12/11/2020 - Baseball Factory Academic All-American Tournament
Marcus continues to shine on the diamond. Behind the dish, he presents a soft/sure mitt showing great pocket awareness sticking pitches. He uses his body through the blocking process but needs to get body down sooner. At the plate, he continues to shine through an open setup. Hands are quick and work through an aggressive swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap to gap pop.
10/25/2020 - Official College Recruiting Membership - Nashville, TN
Marcus is an athletic C/3B prospect who continues to make steady improvements on the diamond. Behind the plate, Marcus is fluid moving to block and covers up well. He receives with soft hands and has a clean exchange, working to make accurate throws to the 2B bag. Long tossing can help Marcus build up his arm strength. At 3B, Marcus shows active footwork and makes the routine plays. He throws from over the top and keeps his throws accurate to his target. Marcus can field ground balls more efficiently by getting into a lower fielding position. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a tall stance and is fluid to load. He drives through well with his lower half and takes a level swing, producing loud contact and strong line drives. Loading his hands more can help Marcus produce more pop off the barrel. Overall, Marcus is a talented prospect and we look forward to following his development.
09/04/2020 - MS All-Region Tournament
Marcus is an athletic 3B prospect who showed well during the All-Region Tournament. In the field, Marcus shows efficient footwork and takes good angles to the ball. He gets into a square position and fields the ball out in front of his body. He has a clean exchange and gains ground well on his throws, keeping them consistent with carry across the diamond. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a tall stance with center balance. He is smooth getting into his load and drives through well with his lower half. He takes a level swing with fast bat speed and good extension, leading to solid line drives and gap to gap pop. Overall, Marcus is a talented prospect who has the potential to further build upon his skills on the field.
12/29/2019 - Interactive Video Program - Indianapolis, IN
Marcus raised arm velocity to 70 MPH, lowered pop times to 2.5 seconds, and showed a spike in exit velocity to 70 MPH during his last workout. Behind the plate, Marcus has fluid footwork, soft hands, and he sits in low and athletically. He has a still head, blocks well, and throws with accuracy and direction to 2nd base. On the mound, Marcus has good balance and a clean arm circle. He separates his hands on time, lands with good direction toward home, and he throws strikes. Offensively, Marcus has a tall stance, a rhythmic swing, and good bat speed. He works the ball gap to gap and taps into some lower body. Skills can continue to get better with work on the following.
1. Throwing - don't stand up
1. Higher hands
1. Lower body
2. Let ball travel deeper
07/21/2019 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City - Session 2 (Ages 12-14)
Marcus is a young C/RHP that made improvements during his time at Pirate City. Behind the plate he showed a relaxed stance and presented his glove well. His exchanges are clean with a short arm action. He utilizes the short hop with accurate throws. Improving arm strength will help Marcus become a better catcher. At the plate Marcus sets up with an open stance with comfortable hands. He tracks the ball well to the plate getting good extension showing more pop to the pull side. On the mound, Marcus shows a 2-pitch mix with a FB/CH. He starts at an angle with simple movements, separating on time as he keeps his eyes level towards the target. Working more hip/shoulder separation can improve Marcus' pitching. Marcus is young with several years to develop and we look forward to seeing what the future holds.
03/03/2019 - Interactive Video Program - Indianapolis, IN
Marcus is a young, solid, 2-way player who catches and pitches. Behind the plate, Marcus has a presentable glove, he takes good angles when blocking, and moves well laterally. He keeps the ball in front, his arm is loose and quick, and he throws with good direction to 2nd base. Pop times were as low as 2.6 seconds. On the mound, Marcus has a clean arm circle, good balance, and he separates on time. He has good glove side lead, a controlled landing, and he is around the zone with his pitches. Offensively, Marcus has a tall setup, good balance, and he swings in good rhythm. He has fast bat speed, swings on plane, and hits with strength to the pull side. Marcus can continue to improve overall skills with work on the following.
1. Lower body
2. Let ball travel
3. Swing path