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John Nicholas Maronde

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[edit] Biographical Information

Nick Maronde made it to the majors his second season as a pro.

[edit] High School

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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Minors

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.

[edit] Majors

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.

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