- Name: Cole Marsh
- Classification: Freshman
- Position: RHP
- Ht: Wt: 6-2, 220
- Bats-Throws: R-R
- Junior College: Mississippi Delta Community College
- High School: Neville (LA) High School
High School - He was lightly recruited as a high school senior. He had offers from Bossier Parish (LA) CC, a couple of Kansas jucos and Mississippi Delta CC.
2017 Season - As a true freshman, Marsh has had an outstanding season, with a 10-1 won-loss record and 1 save in 14 appearances, including six starts. His ERA is 1.89. He has struck out 89 batters in 76.1 innings, while giving up 56 hits and 31 walks to go along with 19 hit batsmen. He began the season in the bullpen but mid-way during the season he was moved into the rotation and he has thrived there. In his six starts he has a 5-0 won-loss record and has thrown 42.2 innings, allowing eight earned runs on 31 hits and 20 walks while striking out 43. His starting ERA is 1.69. Included among his starts is a 3-0 shutout of No. 1 ranked Jones Junior College.
Recruiting - He chose Mississippi State over offers from Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Northwestern State and interest from Alabama and LSU. He is eligible to transfer to MSU after the completion of his freshman season at MDCC.
2017 MLB Draft - Marsh has developed late in his career, going from a mid-80s miles per hour fastball during the fall of his freshman season to a high-80s to low 90s fastball during the season. It is possible he could go late in the draft as a draft and follow guy. The team that drafted him would then follow him to see if he continues to develop during the summer.
MSU 2018 Season - Marsh is a very versatile pitcher who could start, throw middle relief or even close. He needs to continue to work on his control as evidenced by his 31 walks and 19 hit batsmen during his 76.2 innings. He could very well move into a midweek starting spot and work middle relief during SEC weekends. He could even figure in the SEC rotation if some of the pitchers who are rehabbing from shoulder and Tommy John surgery don't completely recover by the 2018 season.