Pirates SP James Marvel Expected To Make MLB Debut Sunday

Mitch Keller's start is pushed back to Tuesday after taking a line drive off his wrist in his last start

Matt Harkins
September 08, 2019 - 10:41 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Pitcher Mitch Keller will have his start that was originally supposed to be Sunday afternoon pushed back to Tuesday after taking a line drive off his wrist in his last start.

This opens the door for James Marvel as the Pirates expect to activate him off of the taxi squad before the game Sunday to make his MLB Debut in the series finale against the St.Louis Cardinals at PNC Park.

"Pretty amazing, pretty special," said Marvel. "Sharing it with my friends and family has been a special moment and I'm really excited to be here and help any way that I can."

Marvel began the 2019 season down in Double-A with the Altoona Curve, but with the injuries to the pitching staff and the depth getting tested this season, he took advantage of the opportunity to rise through the minor league ranks to Triple-A Indianapolis and now he finds himself in Pittsburgh at PNC Park with the Pirates.

With the Curve in Altoona, Marvel went 9-5 with a 3.10 ERA in 101.2 innings with 83 strikeouts.

After he got promoted to Indianapolis, Marvel continued his strong 2019 as he went 7-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 60.2 innings pitched and struck out 53.

It has been a long journey for Marvel since getting drafted by the Pirates and now all the hardwork is going to payoff when he takes the mound Sunday against the Cardinals.

"My journey has been unique, it has been special to me," said Marvel. "Growing up I always had this idea of what I thought my career is going to be and it didn't turn out like that, but I wouldn't trade anything that I've been through, particularly the injuries you know when I was younger because I really do believe that those things changed my career. Made me just a stronger player, a stronger person in the things I had to go through physically and mentally. I know for certain that I wouldn't be where I am today without through it, so they were trying and tough times, but I'm grateful for them.

Marvel will be opposed by St. Louis' Jack Flaherty when he takes the mound Sunday afternoon at 1:35 pm at PNC Park to close out the series and homestand.

Listen to Pirates Starting Pitcher James Marvel's entire conversation with the media earlier this week below: