Wyatt Marks may be a professional pitcher now, but somethings have remained the same from his time in college. The Louisiana-Lafayette right-hander led all of the NCAA in strike-outs per nine innings in 2017, when he struck-out 15.17 per nine. Now pitching for the Vermont Lake Monsters, Marks has kept hitters swinging at air. In 19 innings, Marks has 25 strike-outs. He also struck-out seven in five innings for the AZL Athletics.
Marks was a reliever during his junior season at ULL, but the A’s are stretching him out with Vermont. In six appearances, he is averaging 3.1 innings per outing. He has a 3.79 ERA and has walked just five for a 5.40 K:BB ratio.
Donald Moore spoke with Marks last weekend about his first taste of pro ball.
Donald Moore: Hi Wyatt, how is everything going for you so far this season?
Wyatt Marks: It’s going good, making adjustments and everything. Things are working out well and I’m enjoying myself.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
WM: Just improve my change-up and whatever else comes along.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
WM: I have no idea.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
WM: I’d like to improve my change up and my pick off move.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
WM: It has it’s adjustments, nothing too crazy, but it is different than college ball.
DM: What do you like best about being a professional athlete?
WM: It’s your only main job to play baseball and work on baseball.
DM: Any pre game routines?
WM: Not really. Just kind of listen to music and relax.
DM: Any hobbies?
WM: Hunt and fish a lot.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
WM: Probably the Texas Rangers because it was my grandfather’s favorite team.
DM: Where are you originally from?
WM: Lafayette, Louisiana.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
WM: Probably my dad and my brother.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever seen on a baseball diamond?
WM: A couple weeks ago we turned a triple play.
DM: Any off-season plans?
WM: Just train, hunt and fish.
DM: I want to thank you for your time and it was a pleasure to meet you, and the best of luck to you.
WM: Yes sir, thank you.
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