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Marek Červenka

  • Bats Right, Throws Right

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Marek Červenka is the brother of minor leaguer Martin Červenka. Marek and Martin both played for the Czech national team while in their teens.

Marek allowed 15 runs (7 earned) in 12 2/3 IP for the Tempo Titans in the 2008 Extraliga. In 2009, he improved to 1-3, 3.29 but walked 27 in 41 innings. In the 2009 European Junior Championship, he was 1 for 3 with a walk and had a 1-1, 3.18 record, beating neighbor Slovakia but losing to powerhouse Italy. In 2010, he was 4-3 with a 2.30 ERA for Kotlářka Praha with 9 walks in 47 innings. He allowed a .206/.245/.263 batting line. He was 4th in the Extraliga in ERA behind Pat Ahearne, Trevor Caughey and Leoš Kubát, 3rd in opponent slugging (after Ryan Murphy and Ahearne), 2nd in opponent average (to Murphy) and had the lowest opponent OBP (.005 lower than former big leaguer Ahearne).

Červenka pitched for the Czechs in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup; his brother Martin was a regular at catcher. His 27.00 ERA was the worst on the team, more than double Radim Chroust, the next-worst. He pitched against Cuba (7 R, 6 H, 1 BB in 1 1/3 IP) and Nicaragua (3 R, 4 H in 2 IP). In the 2011 Extraliga campaign, he was even better than in 2010, going 11-2 with a 1.83 ERA, 124 strikeouts in 123 innings and a .198/.256/.256 batting line. He led the league in lowest slugging (21 points lower than Ahearne), strikeouts (14 more than Shelby Robertson) and lowest opponent average (tied with Jan Blažek). He was also second in innings (behind Robertson), wins (one behind Robertson), ERA (trailing Ahearne) and lowest OBP (2nd to Ahearne). He allowed the lowest opponent OPS.

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