Outfield Gem- Jake Marisnick
The Toronto Blue Jays have one of the deepest and elite farm systems in all of baseball and one of the most exciting and promising of those is prospect Jake Marisnick.
Marisnick was drafted in the third round, 104th overall in the 2009 amateur baseball draft out Riverside Poly High School in Riverside, California. Marisnick is currently manning centre field in his first year with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the of the Florida Sate League. Marisnick is a potential 5 tool player who brings an element of both power and speed to his game.
Last season for the Lansing Lugnuts, Marisnick batted .320 with 14 home runs and 37 stolen bases and is currently ranked the 67th best prospect by Baseball America. Marisnick has been a recipient of the Webster Award two years running for the Blue Jays awarded to the most valuable players at each of the Club’s minor league affiliated teams.
1. Had you ever been to Canada before being selected in the 3rd round by the Blue Jays in 2009?
No i have not. My first time up there was after my first year for the webster award.
2. What MLB player do you try to emulate your style of play around?
Torii Hunter. I love the way he gets after and can do anything on the field. He is a guy i have looked up to for a long time.
3. What are your goals for this season in Dunedin and where do you see yourself at seasons end?
My goals for this season are to improve on some part of my game every day. I see myself as a better all around player by the time the season ends.
4. Your ultimate walk out song for your major league debut in Toronto?
Not to sure at the moment. Ill keep my eyes open for something though. Right now i walk out to Kid Cudi “Alive
5. What facet of your game are you most proud of and on the flip side what facet of your game would you like to improve?
I think my speed is something that has helped me become the player i am today, being able to make things happen. I would like to improve a little on everything in my game.
6. Who has been the most influential person in helping you develop as a player since joining the Jays organization?
It’s hard to pin point one person in the organization, so many people in this organization have had a positive impact on me on a player. It is a great place to be and i am excited for the future.
7. What has been the biggest transition for you getting accustomed to life in the minor leagues?
The schedule is one thing that takes some time to get used to. Most days are similar but every once in awhile there are a few changes that can throw you for a loop.
8. You are currently ranked the 67th Top Prospect by Baseball America, Is this something you are aware of and do you follow the ranking system at all?
People occasionally bring stuff like that up, but i just enjoy playing the game and go out and have fun and not worry about any of that.
9. Are you superstitious at all, any pregame rituals or meals?
I wouldn’t call it superstitious but i do have a routine that i follow that gets me ready before games.
10. What is your feeling on the AL East and being in the trenches against the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays?
I feel like you have to beat the best to be the best. Its competitive and that’s why i love playing the game of baseball.
This concludes another prospect interview and many thanks to Jake Marisnick to taking the time to partake in the interview. Please feel free to comment and follow on twitter at @MLBHotCorner.