John Nicholas Maronde
- Bats Both, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 205 lb.
- School University of Florida
- High School Lexington Catholic High School
- Debut September 2, 2012
Nick Maronde made it to the majors his second season as a pro.
Maronde went 14-0 as a high school sophomore in 2006 and threw a no-hitter. He was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA for the USA in the 2007 Pan American Junior Championship, beating Canada in the Bronze Medal Game. He finished his high school career 38-3. Baseball America rated him as the #19 prospect in high school. Due to a strong college commitment, he was not picked until the Oakland Athletics chose him in the 43rd round of the 2008 amateur draft; as expected, he bypassed them for college.
As a freshman at Florida, Nick was 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA. He fell to 2-0, 6.15 with a sophomore with 24 walks in 26 1/3 IP though he did strike out 37. That summer, he went 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League, striking out 27 in 19 2/3 IP. He made good strides his junior year, going 0-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 36 games. He tied for second in the Southeastern Conference in appearances and allowed only a .178 average while saving two games. He saved a game against the University of Texas with two perfect innings during the 2011 College World Series but lost game one of the finals in relief to the University of South Carolina.
Maronde was taken by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third round of the 2011 amateur draft; he was their second overall pick, following C.J. Cron. The scout was Tom Kotchman. In his pro debut, he was outstanding for the Orem Owlz at 5-0, 2.14 with 50 K and a .217 opponent average in 46 1/3 IP. He tied for 6th in the Pioneer League in wins. Baseball America named him the #7 prospect in the league between Kaleb Cowart and Tony Cingrani) and the top pitching prospect. They also listed him as the Angels' 10th-best prospect. In 2012, Maronde did well with the AZL Angels (3 H, 9 K, 4 R, 1 ER in 8 IP, 0-1), Inland Empire 66ers (3-1, 1.82, 60 K in 59 1/3 IP) and Arkansas Travelers (3-2, 3.34) for a composite 2.26 ERA, earning him a September call-up to the big leagues.
2012-2014: Majors and minors
Maronde was a LOOGY in his major league debut on September 2, 2012, replacing Jered Weaver in the 6th inning with a 2-0 deficit, two on and one out against the Seattle Mariners. He struck out Carlos Peguero on three pitches, then was relieved by Jerome Williams. He appeared in 12 games that fall, working a grand total of six innings (6 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 R).
He split 2013 between the Arkansas Travelers (2-4, 3.51, 63 K in 56 1/3 IP, but 37 BB) and the Angels (4 H, 8 BB, 5 K, 6 R, 4 ER in 5 1/3 IP over 10 G). In early 2014, he pitched for Arkansas (Sv, 11 R, 15 BB in 7 1/3 IP), the AZL Angels (2 R, 4 BB, 0 H in 2 IP), the Salt Lake Bees (9 R, 15 BB in 8 1/3 IP) and the major league Angels (12 H, 7 BB, 9 R in 6 1/3 IP). He was then dealt to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations, spending time with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (1 R in 9 IP, only 1 BB), the Akron Aeros (19 H, 12 R in 8 IP, 0-2) and the Columbus Clippers (2 H, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 R in 6 IP). Sent to the Peoria Javelinas, he allowed 20 hits, 5 walks and 13 runs in 14 innings in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-1. He made the 2014 Fall Stars Game.
His woes continued in 2015, though his control returned (33 BB in 92 IP) and he struck out over a batter per inning. He went 0-0 between Akron (0-1, 3.86 in 7 G) and Columbus (0-8, 4.76).
While he played for Team USA as a junior, his next foray on the international baseball scene came as a member of the New Zealand national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers played in Australia in February, 2016. Despite being their lone player with MLB experience, he had their third-highest ERA in the event (only Ben Cone and Randy Yard were higher). He relieved Joseph Boyce with a 3-3 tie against the Philippines, two on and one out in the 5th inning of an elimination game. He allowed a sacrifice fly to Chris Aguila and got Angelo Songco on a grounder. In the 6th, after New Zealand had tied it at four, he allowed a hit to Brady Conlan, retired Brad Haynal, gave up a single to Joshua Wong, allowed a RBI single to Jonash Ponce, got Adriane Ros Bernardo on a run-scoring grounder and allowed an Eric Farris single to make it 7-4 before Jimmy Boyce relieved. New Zealand would rally for a 17-7 win as Jimmy Boyce and Kyle Glogoski pitched shutout ball the rest of the way, two high schoolers outshining the former major leaguer.