Oakland A's Top-51 Prospects: Tyler Marincov

Our Oakland A's 2015 top-51 prospects list is out. Now find out more about the players on that list. In this piece, a close look at top-51 prospect Tyler Marincov.

Name: Tyler Marincov
Position: OF
Height/Weight: 6’2’’, 205
Bats/Throws: R/R
Age: 23
How Acquired: Drafted in the 8th round in 2013

The 2014 season was a year of adjustments for Tyler Marincov. While Marincov still has more adjustments to make, he flashed plenty of potential in his first full professional season.

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A two-sport star in high school, Marincov chose baseball over football when he attended the University of North Florida on a baseball scholarship. Marincov had a standout career at UNF and was the A’s eighth round pick in 2013.

Marincov spent his pro debut season with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. Like many players who debut in the New York-Penn League, Marincov had an up-and-down first season. He appeared in 62 games for the Lake Monsters and finished the year with a .215/.302/.313 line. He homered three times and had a 56:25 K:BB.

That fall, Marincov put in plenty of work with then-A’s minor league hitting coordinator Todd Steverson on tweaking his set-up and swing to be shorter to the ball. The changes were intended to help Marincov cut down on his strike-outs and make more consistent, hard contact.

In 2014, Marincov put those changes to the test with Low-A Beloit. Although his strike-outs remained a bit higher than he would like, Marincov showed marked improvement at the plate with the Snappers. With the exception of a down month in June, Marincov was a consistent threat at the plate for Beloit. In a league tough on hitters, Marincov hit .261/.343/.479 with 16 homers and 17 stolen bases in 111 games. Marincov posted better than league-average numbers in the following categories: IsO (.216; league-average .118); line-drive % (18.5% to 15.8%); outfield flyball rate (29.2% to 28.2%); and walk-rate (10.2% to 8.3%).

In early August, Marincov earned a promotion to High-A Stockton, and he appeared in 16 games for the Ports down-the-stretch. Although his K:BB rate worsened in the California League, Marincov posted otherwise promising numbers during his brief stint in Stockton. In 16 games, he hit .317/.377/.533 with two homers, five doubles and a triple. He also stole a base. All told, Marincov finished the year with a .268/.347/.486 line in 127 games. He homered 18 times, stole 18 bases and had a 130:53 K:BB.

Current A’s assistant hitting coach and former minor league hitting coordinator Marcus Jensen believes Marincov is just starting to come into his own as a hitter.

“[Tyler is] learning who he is and what he is capable of,” Jensen said. He’s got some natural power, good hands and quick wrists. It was just a matter of him starting to understand who he is and him putting together the quality at-bats that allow him to have more consistent success that allowed him to put up the numbers that he had this year.”

Marincov is an excellent athlete who projects to be a corner outfielder with above-average power and enough quickness on the bases to take advantage of teams not holding him closely at first base. He has an aggressive approach at the plate, but Beloit manager Rick Magnante was impressed with how Marincov improved his approach during the season and said that the quality of Marincov’s at-bats increased as the season went on. Although older than he was at the same levels, Marincov profiles similarly offensively to current A's right-fielder Josh Reddick. Marincov will need to continue to hone his approach at the plate in the upper levels, although he is likely to always be a hitter who strikes out a decent amount.

Defensively, Marincov profiles as a prototypical right fielder. He was a high school quarterback and he flashed that arm strength on occasion this past season, racking up six outfield assists. Marincov played all but one game in right field last year.

Marincov turned 23 last October. He should start the 2015 season where he ended 2014 – with High-A Stockton. If he hits well early in the season, Marincov should get another opportunity for an in-season promotion in 2015.

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