Royals acquire pitchers Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks from Oakland for David DeJesus

 The Royals announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro and left-handed pitcher Justin Marks from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder David DeJesus.  Mazzaro replaces DeJesus on the Major League roster while Marks has been assigned to the Wilmington (A Advanced) roster.

“This deal allows us to further increase our pitching depth at the Major and minor league levels,” Royals’ General Manager Dayton Moore said.  “Vin Mazzaro fits into our rotation for next season while Justin Marks is a young left-hander who we see starting 2011 at Wilmington.  David DeJesus is a high-class person and has been our most consistent performer, both offensively and defensively, over the past few years.  We wish the very best for him in the future.”

The 24-year-old Mazzaro was 6-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 24 appearances, including 18 starts, for the A’s in 2010.  In 122.1 innings, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder allowed 127 hits, 58 earned runs and 50 walks while striking out 79.  Opponents hit just .251 against him in his 18 starts, as he compiled 12 quality starts.  Mazzaro also pitched in seven games (six starts) for Sacramento (AAA), going 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA, striking out 38 over 37.1 innings.  A third-round pick by Oakland out of Rutherford (NJ) High School in 2005, Mazzaro is 10-17 with a 4.72 ERA in 41 Major League games (35 starts) since debuting as a 22-year-old in 2009.  He is 5-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts) in his career against A.L. Central opponents.  Mazzaro was named Texas League (AA) Pitcher of the Year in 2008, compiling a 12-3 record and a 1.90 ERA in 22 starts while pitching for Midland.

Marks, 22, spent his first full season of professional baseball in 2010 opening the campaign with the Kane County Cougars (A) before finishing on the mound for the Stockton Ports (A Advanced).  The 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander was 3-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 20 starts with the Cougars, allowing 109 hits in 109.2 innings and striking out 119 against 41 walks.  Following his promotion, he went 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA in five games (four starts) with the Ports.  The A’s third-round pick out of the University of Louisville in 2009 as a junior, Marks was named Big East Pitcher of the Year following the 2009 campaign.  He was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 37th round of the 2006 Draft out of Owensboro (Ky.) High School.

DeJesus, 30, batted .318 with 23 doubles, five home runs, 37 RBI and 46 runs scored in 91 games for the Royals last season, missing the final two and a half months after requiring surgery on his right thumb following a collision with the wall at Yankee Stadium on July 22.  A fourth-round pick of the Royals in 2000, DeJesus is a career .289 hitter since breaking into the Majors in 2003.

 

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