Tommy Marx

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Thomas J. Marx

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 7", Weight 200 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tommy Marx was a minor league pitcher.

Marx was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 1998 amateur draft, right around several players who would top 50 wins in the majors: Barry Zito went 83rd, Mike Maroth 85th and Josh Fogg (89th). Marx, taken 87th, didn't even win 50 in the minors. The tall lefty was 1-3 with a 4.29 ERA for the GCL Tigers that summer, walking 39 and tossing 9 wild pitches in 42 innings. He led the Gulf Coast League in walks by 7 and tied for 9th in wild pitches. In 1999, he was with the GCL Tigers (3-1, 3.43, 32 BB in 42 IP) and Oneonta Tigers (2-1, 3.22, 13 BB in 22 1/3 IP).

For the 2000 West Michigan Whitecaps, Marx had his best season at 7-6, 2.74. He allowed 74 hits but 51 walks in 98 2/3 IP while striking out 83. On June 10, he threw a no-hitter against the Kane County Cougars; three days later, teammate Calvin Chipperfield duplicated the feat. He struck out 10 and walked 6 to beat Josh Beckett. In 2001, he fell to 8-11, 4.91 for the Lakeland Tigers. He was 5th in the Florida State League in losses (one shy of the four co-leaders), 4th in runs allowed (93), second to Aaron Dean with 82 earned runs, second to Chipperfield with 78 walks and tied for 9th with 11 wild pitches. He tied for second in the Tigers farm chain in losses, one behind Mark Woodyard, was second to Chipperfield in walks and was 4th in both runs and earned runs. In 2002, he had a 6-8, 5.04 record for Lakeland with 83 walks, 12 hit batsmen and 10 wild pitches in 123 1/3 IP. He led the Detroit minor league season in walks and tied for the most hit batters. In the FSL, he led in walks (5 more than runner-up Keith Bucktrot), tied for 6th in hit batsmen, tied Brian Wolfe for 4th in runs and was 5th in earned runs (between Bobby Keppel and Wolfe).

Moving to the Milwaukee Brewers chain, he was even worse in 2003: 0-5, 12.15 in 21 games for the High Desert Mavericks (49 BB, 43 H in 33 1/3 IP) and also pitched one inning for the Kalamazoo Kings. He finished his career at 27-36, 4.74 in 124 games (92 starts). In 513 innings, he allowed 481 hits and 346 walks, while hitting 35 batters and tossing 50 wild pitches. He struck out 361.

He later worked as a financial adviser.