A's Take Marks With Second Pick
Marks was the Big East Pitcher of the Year.
Marks was the Big East Pitcher of the Year.
Senior Editor
Posted Jun 9, 2009


The Oakland A's added to an area of strength with their second pick in the 2009 draft, taking polished collegiate left-hander Justin Marks out of the University of Louisville.

It is no secret that the Oakland A's have had a lot of success with drafting collegiate pitchers over the past few seasons. So it was no shock that the A's went with a college starter with their second pick in the 2009 draft, left-hander Justin Marks out of the University of Louisville.

Marks had a decorated career with the Cardinals. A second-team All-American in 2009, Marks is Louisville's all-time leader in wins (29), ERA (2.96) and strike-outs (305). In 2009, he went 11-3 with a 3.77 ERA and 129 strike-outs in 105 innings for Louisville. He was the second Cardinal picked in the third round (third-baseman Chris Dominguez went to the San Francisco Giants earlier in round three).

Marks, an Owensboro, Kentucky, native, is a four-pitch pitcher who throws his fastball in the 90-92 range. He met with instant success upon joining the Louisville baseball team, and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2007. He was also the Big East's Freshman of the Year that season. He was first-team All-Big East in 2008 and was the conference's Pitcher of the Year in 2009.

The draft will resume on Tuesday morning with round four and will continue through Wednesday.



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