James Marinan didn’t spend much time with the Dayton Dragons this year, but the time he did spend in the High-A Central was certainly impactful. Marinan was called up to Dayton late in the year and he only made two starts with them but both outings were 6-shutout inning performances. Those two outings were enough to earn him the High-A Central Pitcher of the Month.
On September 10th he made his High-A debut on the road against Lake County and James Marinan had to have put together the best performance of his career. Marinan allowed just one hit and he walked two batters across those six shutout innings and nearly doubled his previous career high in strikeouts (6) as he fanned 11 of the Captain hitters.
Six days later saw James Marinan return to the mound for the Dragons and this time it was at home in Dayton as he faced off against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. The results weren’t quite as good on the statline as his first start, but in the end the result was the same – 6.0 shutout innings and giving Dayton an opportunity to win (they did, 6-5 in 10 innings). He allowed three hits and walked four batters on the day while striking out six batters. That would wrap up his season, and his 12.0 shutout innings of 4-hit, 17-strikeout baseball got him the nod for the league’s pitcher of the month award.
His final month of the year was quite the turn around. In his final five starts between Daytona and Dayton he threw 25.0 innings and allowed just 12 hits, walked 11 batters, and struck out 28 while giving up just two runs (0.72 ERA). The right-handed starter did not break spring training with a club and didn’t join Daytona until the latter half of June, and he struggled to find consistency for a while, too. But he really put things together towards the end of the season and dominated for his final month on the mound.