- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 194 lb.
- Born July 27, 1989 in Brno Czechoslovakia
Jiří Marek is a Czech pitcher and outfielder. In 2006, he had a dazzling debut in the Extraliga as a teen. He went 7-0 with a 1.08 ERA for Draci Brno and went 20 for 38 at the plate. He tied for third in the league in wins and was third in ERA behind former minor leaguer Pavel Budský and US collegian Petr Pacas.
Marek slumped in 2007, going 0 for 11, losing both of his decision and surrendering 17 runs in 9 innings. He played in the 2007 European Junior Championship. Despite his '07 performance, he still made the Czech team for the 2007 European Championship, getting the start against the powerful Dutch national team and surrendering six runs in two innings in a loss to Shairon Martis, a future major leaguer. The big blow was a 3-run homer from Hainley Statia.
Marek hit .258/.324/.419 in 2008 and tossed 17 innings without allowing a single run; he struck out 21 and walked 10 and went 2-0. In the 2008 European Cup, he gave up 5 walks, 5 hits and a run (though he did strike out five) in 3 2/3 innings in a shaky outing before being relieved by Petr Minařík. He was in the 2008 MLB European Academy.
Marek tossed two shutout innings in the 2009 European Cup.
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