Prospect Profile - Nike Maronde (LHP)
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” 205 lbs. DOB: 9/5/89(AZL Angels/Inland Empire/Arkansas/Angels): 6-4, 2.21 ERA, 22 BBs, 97 Ks, 105.2 IP
After a solid start to his professional career in 2011, ranking atop the pioneer league's crop of prospects, Maronde was one of four players to make it to the big leagues from the 2011 draft class, despite missing May and June with injuries (back, elbow). Maronde looked good in a brief stint out of the Angels bullpen in 2012, striking out seven batters over six innings, while allowing just one run.
Maronde attacks batters with an up-tempo delivery, with solid command of his fastball which sits at 91-93 MPH, touching 95. He's added a four-seamer with solid movement and throws an improved two-seamer with good sink. Maronde's out pitch is his slider, which is a plus offering. Maronde's changeup is a fringe-to-average offering currently, but will need to be refined if he's going to have success in th...