6th Rounder Brett Marshall wants $1 million
June 5th, 2008
With a Rice scholarship awaiting him, the Oswalt-sized Texan is looking to cash in if he’s going to pass up the renowned baseball powerhouse.
“We try to set some numbers right about a million dollars,” Eddie Marshall, Brett’s dad, said. “If you get it, you get it. If you don’t, you don’t.
“I think he’s worth it. Of course, I’m his dad. But I know what kind of person he’ll be. He’s going to play in the big leagues.”
It also turns out that the Yankees had him at a private workout recently, and his team’s playoff schedule prevented other MLB teams from following suit.
But Marshall says he is no longer considering San Jac an option.
“I was thinking about that route, going to San Jac,” he said, “but not a lot of people get that opportunity to go to Rice and get that education.”
The education Marshall and his family are getting now is in the ways of big league ball.
Marshall and his mother flew to Tampa, Fla., over the weekend, so Brett could audition in person Monday at the New York Yankees’ spring training facility.
“He put on one hell of a show this weekend,” Eddie Marshall said of his son. “That was his first visit, because of (Sterling’s long run in) the playoffs. The Astros, Mets, Phillies, he had invitations to all of them, but he couldn’t make it because of the playoffs.
“He was supposed to be at an Astros deal Sunday, but he couldn’t because he was at the Yankees.
“Just about everbody wants him, but making the right offer’s another thing.”
This could be a very interesting process, although it looks to me that Marshall will end up signing with the Yankees. Obviously if I hear anything from NoMaas sources I will let the draftniks know.
By the way, if this doesn’t excite you about this kid, I don’t know what will:
A lot of on-line scouting reports talk about how Marshall came from out of nowhere to land a spot among the country’s top 100 prospects – Baseball America magazine has Marshall ranked No. 87 – because his fastball did likewise, getting 10 mph faster in a year.
Sterling coach Paul Tadlock says Marshall hit 93 mph on the radar gun in a playoff game at Deer Park last year. And he points out Marshall finished the 2007 season strong and earned a first-team all-district selection.
“Last year, I topped out at 94 and I was consistent in the 90s,” Marshall said. “My goal this year was to top out at 95. I did that in our first scrimmage. When I got up to 97 …