Marcus Molina made his debut for the Rumble Ponies in a 7-4 loss to the Reading Fighting Phils on Saturday, June 17th. The 6′-3″ righthander is the 11th ranked prospect in the New York organization, according to Baseball America. Molina did not pitch in the 2016 season, as he recoverd from Tommy John surgery in September 2015, and in 2015 he only logged 41 innings, as he was plagued by elbow problems throughout the season. Molina had a superlative season for Brooklyn in 2014, as he went 7-3 and posted a 1.77 E.R.A., striking out 91 batters in 76 innings. Molina turned 22 on March 8, so he still is one of the younger pitchers in the Eastern League, though his arrival has been delayed due to his elbow problems.
Against Reading, Molina gave up four earned runs in six innings of work, while striking out eight hitters and walking two. He hit 93 mph on the radar gun, which is down one or two MPH from his days in Brooklyn. Molina relies on a fastball and slider, and both have good movement, especially down in the zone. Molina also throws a changeup as a regular part of his arsenal.
In five starts for St. Lucie this season, Molina was outstanding, posting a 1.26 E.R.A.