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Marbry Makes His Pitch in 2008

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PASCO, Wash. - Mike Marbry is a shortstop. The North Carolina native played the position his whole life.  Not anymore. Near the end of last season, the parent club, the Rockies, decided to convert Marbry to a pitcher.
He was coming off a wrist injury and wasn't the hitting the ball very well, but the scouts liked his arm. He clsed oput the 2007 season with 4 innings on the hill for Asheville, the Dust Devils, high-A affiliate.  He gave up seven runs.
This summer, he's really started to figure things out. So far he's thrown eight scoreless innings for the Dust Devils.
"Everytime I get out there I learn something new," said Marbry.  "I've kind of figured out a formula that works for me. Hopefully it'll work when I get out there. I really like pitching now. It's a lot more fun now that I'm a little more comfortable doing things. I look forward to seeing what I can do . I really just miss the defensive part of shortstop, not so much the hitting."
Since he just started pitching, his arm has not endured years of wear and tear.
"A 22-23 year-old kid that hasn't pitched,  his arm is healthy and ready to go, said manager Freddy Ocasio. "He's got good stuff and good velocity on his fastball and hopefuly that will get him to the big leagues."
Marbry is one of four players on the Dust Devils who is switching positions. Like Marbry, pitchers David Parker and Jonnathan Arisitl also used to be infielders. Catcher Jordan Pacheco was a second baseman last season.
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