JAKE MARISNICK, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: March 30, 1991
Drafted: 3rd Round, 104th Overall, 2009 (Blue Jays)
How Acquired: Free Agent
High School: Riverside (CA) Poly HS
Agents: Reynolds Sports Management
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Marisnick was considered one of the best athletes in the 2009 draft, but Toronto got him in the third round due to concerns about his bat. He generally rated among the top ten prospects with the Jays and, after being traded, with the Marlins. He also made Baseball America’s MLB top 100 prospects three times. Although Marisnick had a couple strong seasons in the minors, he hasn’t hit well in the majors. He’s shown decent power at times, but has had very low walk rates and terrible K rates, leaving him with a dismal career OBP of .282. On top of that, his career numbers were inflated by a strong 2017 season in which he did all his hitting at the home park in Houston, where the Astros had a sign stealing scheme. Marisnick has had a mild career platoon split, with a .715 OPS against RHPs and .635 against LHPs. His athleticism has served him well in the outfield, as he was among MLB’s top center fielders for much of his career. He also has a good arm. His fielding metrics, though, haven’t been good the last couple years — about average by OAA and a little below by UZR, in small sample sizes — possibly due to a string of hamstring injuries. The Pirates signed him as a free agent just before the 2022 season.
Marisnick hit well in his rookie league debut, then found it much harder after a promotion to full season ball.
The Jays kept Marisnick in Low-A for the full season and he had a strong year, hitting for average and power with decent plate discipline, and stealing a lot of bases.
Marisnick split the season between High-A and AA. He put up very good numbers at the lower level, especially considering it was the pitching-dominated Florida State League. AA was much more of a challenge. After the season, Toronto included him in a massive, 12-player trade with Miami.
Miami sent Marisnick back to AA, where he had a big first half. The 4:1 K:BB ratio was probably a warning sign, though. The Marlins called him up in July and he struggled in the majors.
In AAA, Marisnick had a solid season. He also spent a little time with the Marlins, but went to Houston in a large deadline deal. After the trade, he played center regularly for the Astros, but didn’t hit well. The main problem was dismal walk and K rates.
The Astros played Marisnick semi-regularly in center. He again didn’t hit a great deal, as his plate discipline numbers remained very poor. He missed two weeks with a hamstring strain
Marisnick opened the season with Houston, serving mainly as a pinch-hitter until the Astros sent him to AAA in late April. He returned in May and played center semi-regularly in Houston the rest of the year. His hitting slipped a little.
Marisnick had by far his best major league season. It should probably be viewed with some suspicion, though, as this was the year the Astros won the World Series while implementing an illegal sign-stealing scheme at home. Marisnick had a massive home/road split, with an OPS of 1.008 at home and only .647 on the road. He went out for the season in mid-September with a fractured thumb.
Marisnick’s hitting fell off sharply, enough so that the Astros sent him to the minors for a while in May and July.
Marisnick appeared again in a semi-regular role. He showed solid power at the plate, but continued to struggle getting on base. After the season, the Astros traded him to the Mets.
Marisnick missed most of the pandemic season with hamstring problems. He became a free agent after the season and signed with the Cubs for 2021, with a team option for 2022.
With the Cubs, Marisnick struggled to hit, apart from modest power. He also missed about a month with another hamstring injury. The Cubs traded him to San Diego at the deadline and he struggled to hit even more with the Padres. After the season, San Diego declined his option.
Marisnick signed with Texas as a minor league free agent just after the lockout ended. He didn’t make the Rangers’ major league roster and was released to look for a major league deal. The Pirates signed him a couple days after Greg Allen got hurt. Considering that, just three weeks earlier, Marisnick had been unable to find a major league deal and that he was unable to make the roster of the 102-loss Rangers, it’s hard to see any upside.
2021: $1,000,000 ($4,000,000 team option for 2022 with $500,000 buyout)
|Signing Bonus: $1,000,000
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: 7/23/2013
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2022
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: July 23, 2013
Options Remaining: N/A (USED: 2014, 2018)
MLB Service Time: 7.132
|June 10, 2009: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 3rd round, 104th overall pick; signed on August 17.
November 19, 2012: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafini to the Miami Marlins for Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck and cash.
July 23, 2013: Contract purchased by the Miami Marlins.
July 31, 2014: Traded by the Miami Marlins with Colin Moran, Francis Martes and a competitive balance pick to the Houston Astros for Jarred Cosart, Kike Hernandez and Austin Wates.
December 5, 2019: Traded by the Houston Astros to the New York Mets for Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona.
October 28, 2020: Became a free agent.
February 20, 2021: Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Cubs.
July 30, 2021: Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the San Diego Padres for Anderson Espinoza.
November 5, 2021: Option declined by the San Diego Padres; became a free agent.
March 14, 2022: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Texas Rangers.
April 5, 2022: Released by the Texas Rangers.
April 6, 2022: Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.