Marc Walter Rzepczynski...Pronounced zep-CHIN-skee...Nicknamed "Scrabble", "Zep" and "Zip"...Was given the moniker "Scrabble" due to the complex array of consonants in his 11-letter name...Called "Zip" by a high school coach...He and his wife, Lindzey, are animal shelter volunteers and foster small and senior dogs awaiting adoption...The Rzepczynski family consists of 2 Chihuahuas adopted as seniors, Stella Bean and Penelope Bleu...Supports Remember me Thursday® via Helen Woodward Animal Center, along with Petit Pet Projects, and Chi Town.
Spent the entire season with the Triple-A Reno Aces...Made 45 appearances and struck out 36 batters across 44.2 innings.
Combined to go 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA in 23 games with Seattle and Cleveland...Began the season with the Mariners and was released on June 6…signed by the Indians as a Minor League free agent on June 18...Was designated for assignment by Cleveland on July 11, elected free agency and signed a Minor League contract with Seattle on Aug. 1...Threw 0.1 IP or fewer in 15 of his 23 outings...Made 18 appearances with Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners) and Triple-A Columbus (Indians) and posted an 8.25 ERA (11 ER in 12.0 IP).
The Totals - Was 2-2 with 1 save and a 4.02 ERA (14 ER, 31.1 IP) with 25 strikeouts in 64 relief appearances... Durable - His 64 relief appearances were 3rd on the club behind Nick Vincent (69) and Edwin Díaz (66)... Stranded - Stranded 85% (44 of 52) of inherited base runners; best mark in MLB (min. 50 inherited runners)... Strong Start - Posted a 1.23 ERA (2 ER, 14.2 IP) with 13 strikeouts in his first 23 relief appearances of the season, including 16 scoreless games to start the year…allowed a run in just one of those 23 outings... Up & Down - After posting 1.23 ERA in first 23 relief outings, posted 14.73 ERA (6 ER, 3.2 IP) in 15 games from June 13-July 28…in final 26 outings, posted a 4.15 ERA (6 ER, 13.0 IP)... Hold It - Had 20 holds, T12th in the American League... Save It - Struck out Chris Davis after inheriting bases loaded in T9th to protect 7-6 win Aug. 16...2nd career save, first since Sept. 20, 2014 at MIN (w/CLE)... Brief Relief - Tossed 0.1 of an inning or less in 39 of his 64 relief appearances
Totals - Combined to go 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA (14 ER, 47.2 IP) with 46 strikeouts and 29 walks in 70 appearances with Oakland and Washington...Strong Finish - Posted a 2.03 ERA (7 ER, 31.0 IP) with 31 strikeouts in his final 47 appearances…opened the season with a 3.78 ERA (7 ER, 16.2 IP) with 15 strikeouts in his first 23 relief outings... Start - Began season with Oakland, going 1-0 with 3.00 ERA (12 ER, 36.0 IP) with 37 strikeouts in 56 games...Trade - Acquired by Washington on Aug. 4 for Max Schrock (inf)... In The Capitol - In 14 outings with Washington, posted a 1.54 ERA (2 ER, 11.2 IP) with 9 strikeouts... Playoffs - Made 3 relief appearances with Washington in 2016 National League Division Series vs. the Los Angeles-NL, going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (1 ER, 2.0 IP) with 3 strikeouts and 4 walks... Home Sweet Home - Posted a 0.39 ERA (1 ER, 23.1 IP) with 29 strikeouts in 33 appearances at home…posted 4.81 ERA (13 ER, 24.1 IP) with 17 strikeouts in 37 road games.
Began the season with Cleveland and went 2-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 45 games before he was traded to San Diego July 31…logged a 0-1 record and a 7.36 ERA in 27 games with the Padres and combined for a 5.66 ERA in 72 games overall…tossed fewer than one inning in 55 of his 72 appearances and had just 35.0 innings pitched…the only other pitcher in Major League history to appear in 70 or more games and finish with at least twice as many games as innings pitched is Randy Choate, who did it in 2012 and 2015…struck out 41 batters, marking the first time in his career he finished with more strikeouts than innings pitched…his ERA was a career high as was his .292 opponents batting average…his games pitched were one shy of his high of 73 in 2014…his opponents batting average included a .255 (24-for-94) mark against left-handed hitters compared to .372 (16-for-43) against right-handers…his career splits are .215 (120-for-559) against lefties, .281 (208-for-741) against righties…allowed 17-of- 64 (26.6%) inherited runners to score, including 7-of-34 (20.6%) with Cleveland, which was the eighth lowest percentage in the American League…his 64 inherited runners were second most in the majors (Ramos, LAA 66)…first batters faced hit .258…opponents batted .254 with the bases empty compared to .321 with all three of his home runs with runners on base…had an 8.24 ERA in 43 games on one day of rest or fewer, a 2.35 ERA in 29 appearances with two days rest or more…posted a 7.20 ERA in 24 games at Progressive Field and a 6.43 ERA in 13 games at Petco Park, his two home ballparks…had a 4.50 ERA in 35 games at all other parks…compiled a 2.08 ERA and .229 opponents batting average in 25 day games compared to a 7.77 ERA and .326 average in 47 appearances at night…allowed a .524 batting average to the number three hitter in the order and a .500 average to the nine hitter…the four through eight hitters batted a combined .188…faced just one batter in 28 of his 72 outings
Was once again a valuable member of the Indians bullpen in his first full season with Cleveland, appearing in a career-high 73 games, which were tied for 5th among A.L. relievers ... Also finished 14th among A.L. relievers in pct. of inherited runners who scored, allowing just 19.3% of his runners to score (11/57) ... In his two seasons with Cleveland only 14 of 77 (18.2%) of his inherited runners have scored...Career vs. LHH: 96-465 (.206/.278/.277/.556, 5HR, 517PA). Did not allow a run over his first 8 appearances (6.2 IP) and worked a season-high 2.1 innings on April 2 at Oakland (night game), tied for the 2nd-longest relief outing of his career and longest since 8/ 13/ 2011...Had 13 holds...Left-handed batters hit just .180 (18-100), fanning 31 of them with just a .441 O P S allowed (2 2B, 0HR, 7BB)...Has not yielded a home run to a left-handed hitter during his tenure with Cleveland (139 at bats)...Batters hit just .220 (20-91) off him with runners on base and .200 (10-50) w/ RISP ... First batters faced average against was .194 (13-67). After recording a 5.59 E RA in 13 June games (9.2IP , 13H, 6R/ ER), Marc went on to p ost an E RA of 0.54 (32 G , 16.2IP, 12H, 1ER) from July 1 thru the end of the season...From July 26th-on his ERA was 0.00 (11.0IP , 8H, 1R/ 0ER) as he ended the season with a career-best 19-game scoreless streak from August 13-Sep t 27 (6.2IP , 5H, 0R, 10SO )...Also equaled the 2014 team-high for consecutive scoreless outings ... Worked 0.1 IP or less in 14 consecutive appearances from August 17-Sept 19 (3.2IP) ... Recorded last 4 outs of a 7-3 win at Minnesota on Sept 20 for his first Major League save...Worked on five consecutive days/games from August 26-30 for the first time in his career, becoming the first Indians reliever since 1948 (Ed Klieman) to do so ... Scoreless outings in 60 of 73 ap p earances...Worked 0.1IP or less in 37 of 73 games.
Trading deadline acquisition fortified the left-side of the bullpen and provided Terry Francona with a reliable late-inning situational left-hander...Was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on July 30 in exchange for INF Juan Herrera and joined the club the following day…Posted scoreless outings in 24 of his 27 appearances with Cleveland and did not allow an earned run in 26 of those 27 outings...His WHIP with Cleveland was 0.836...Left-handed hitters hit just .128 (5-39, 1BB, 3HB) off him and batters hit .159 (11-69) off him overall during his tenure in Cleveland (3 2B, 0HR), recording 6 holds for the Indians...Stranded 17 of 20 inherited runners (only 15% scored) with the Tribe...Batters hit .179 (5-28) off him with runners on and .143 (2-14) with RISP and over his last 13 outings from Sept. 7th-on his ERA was 0.00 (7.2IP, 3H, 1R/0ER, 10K)... Batters hit .143 (3-21) off him when Marc was ahead in the count and just .111 (3-27) when "Zep" fell behind in the count...Opened the year in the Cardinals bullpen, recording a 7.88 ERA in 9 April appearances (8.0IP, 13H, 7R/ER, 3BB, 8K, .361AVG) before being optioned to AAA Memphis on April 28...Spent May, June and most of July in Memphis, recording an ERA of 3.07 (44.0IP, 44H, 15ER, 31K, .185AVG) in 32 games for the Redbirds...Was recalled to St. Louis on July 28-29 just prior to being traded to Cleveland (2G, 2.1IP, 3H, 2R/ER)...With the Cardinals 6 of his 7 inherited runners scored as batters hit .385 (10-26) off him with runners on and .368 (7-19) with RISP.
Appeared in 70 games (T24th, NL)for a second consecutive season. His 141 appearances over the last two seasons rank T6th among MLB left-handed pitchers. Ranked 6th among National League relievers with a 1.54 double plays/9 IP and was T13th with 8 double plays induced. Posted an Inherited Runners Scored percentage of 20.8, 11th in the National League. His 53 Inherited Runners were 5th most in the N.L. Ended season with eight consecutive scoreless appearances. His 19 Holds ranked T18th in the National League. Allowed runs in only 3-of-33 appearances after 7/1 (13 H/19.2 IP). Had 10th lowest ERA (1.83) and opp.BA (.186) in National League from 7/1 to end of season. 2012 POSTSEASON: Was his 2nd-straight postseason with St. Louis and was the lone lefty in the Cards pen...pitched 0.1 inning in the Wild Card game at Atlanta (faced 2,one hit)...pitched just once in the five-game Division Series vs. Washington, appearing in Game 1 for 0.1 IP(hit,K)...pitched three games during the League Championship Series...induced crucial flyout in 5th inning of Game 1 at San Francisco with 2 on and 2 outs ... also pitched in Game 2 (scoreless 0.2) and allowed a run in 0.1 innings of Game 6.
Joined Cardinals on July 27 in seven-player trade with Toronto Blue Jays..."Zep" was leading the Blue Jays with10 Holds and was T2nd on the club with 43 appearances at time of the trade...Struck out a career high 61 batters in 2011 and appeared in a career-high 71 games, T8th among Major League left-handers...Held lefties to a .163 BA (17-104) & just four extra-base hits (1 HR)...Ranked 10th among ML left-handers vs. LH batters in opp. BA (.163), with 3rd most strikeouts (37)...Worked 2.0+ IP in 10 appearances & was scored upon in only two of those...Logged 2.0 IP (4 K's) on 7/28 vs. Astros in his STL debut & became first Cardinals reliever since Todd Wellemeyer (5/19/07)to fan four batters in STL debut...Gave up 1st career HR out of the pen on 5/19 vs. TB; had gone 19.2 IP without allowing HR in relief...Threw a career single-game high of 3.0 scoreless IP in relief on 8/13 vs COL...Was scored upon in only one of his first 13 appearances after being acquired by the Cardinals, and 6 of 28 total...2011 POSTSEASON: Set Cardinals franchise record for most appearances in a postseason with 12 (tied with Jason Motte and OctavioDotel)...had 9 K's in his 8.1 IP during postseason and allowed just one run in his last 11 games...tied the postseason all-time recordwith 6 Holds (Javier Lopez, SF, 2010), since the stat became annually recorded (2002)...did not allow a run in four World Seriesappearances (2.2 IP, 4 K)...had the only 1-2-3 inning (8th) in World Series Game 6 win...made his first postseason appearance inDivision Series Game 1 vs. PHI...retired two batters in the 7th inn. of DS Game 2, including a pitcher's caught stealing...struck outRyan Howard with runner on base to end the 8th in Game 4 win...appeared in 5 of 6 NLCS games vs. MIL...was credited with thewin in series-clinching Game 6 after pitching 2.1 innings...struck out two in World Series Game 1 relief outing in the 7th, strandingtwo and went 0.2 IP in Game 2.
Appeared in 14 games with the Blue Jays making 12 starts... BIG FINISH: Over his last three starts of the season went 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA (18.1IP, 4ER, 15H, 8BB, 23K, HR)... WIN # 1: Did not pick up his first win of the season until his third start (5th appearance) at LAA which also was the first road win of his career... OUT OF THE PEN: Madethe first two relief appearances of his Major League career July 10 vs. BOS and July 17 at BAL picking up a hold in each game and not allowing an earned run... IN THE MINORS: Posted a 5-5 record with Las Vegas (AAA) over 12 starts with a 6.04 ERA (67.0IP/45ER)... Over his final nine starts in Vegas posted a 5-3 record with a 3.61 ERA allowing only 50 hits and 23 earned runs over 57.1 innings... K DAYS: Fanned a career high nine on Sept. 27 vs. NYY... Had four games of seven or more strikeouts this season... Tossed seven innings on two ocasions (Aug. 13 at LAA and Oct. 3 at MIN), representing career highs... EARLY SETBACK: Had his season delayed after suffering a broken finger after being struck by a batted ball in a spring training start at Legends Field vs. NYY, Mar. 30.
Made 11 starts in his rookie season... QUICK ASCENT: Reached the major leagues in only his 3rdprofessional season...Began the season at New Hampshire of the Eastern League (AA), posting a 7-5 record with a 2.93 ERA in 14 starts... Was promoted to Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League (AAA) for his start on June 24... Made twostarts for the 51s going 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA... Up until this point had not posted an ERA above 3.00 at any level... BIGLEAGUE DEBUT: Made his Major League debut July 7 at TB, receiving a no-decision despite allowing only one run ontwo hits in six innings... Set a franchise record with seven strikeouts in his major league debut... The previous record ofsix had been done three times, most recently by Brett Cecil... Is one of five pitchers to make their big league debut in 2009with the club, surpassing the club record of four from their inaugural 1977 season... QUALITY GUY: Tossed quality startsin his first three outings, matching Ricky Romero & Brett Cecil... Picked up his 1st Major League win on July 18 vs. BOS,defeating the Red Sox 6-2, again allowing just one run in six innings... Finished the season with four consecutive qualitystarts, giving him seven in his 11 starts... SWING AND A MISS: Struck out seven or more batters in five starts, posting acareer high nine in his final start, Sept. 1 at TEX... His .225 opponents average was the lowest among Blue Jays starters...In fact he was 2nd on the club to Jason Frasor (.209) in opponents average (min 50 innings)... CLASS OF THE DRAFT:Is one of three players from the 2007 draft to reach the big leagues in 2009... No other club had three from 2007, 2008 or2009... COMFORTABLE AT ROGERS: Made five starts at home, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.14 ERA... Held opponentsto a .176 average in Toronto.
Pitched the entire season with Lansing of the Midwest League, solely as a starter... Allowed one run or less in 14 of his 22 starts... Lost his first professional game on May 18, however did not lose two consecutive until his final two starts of the season.
Made his professional debut July 16 in relief for Auburn of the short-season New York-Penn League, picking up the win with three scoreless innings... Spent the entire season with Auburn pitching in relief for his first three appearances, before moving into the rotation... In total made seven starts in 11 games in his first season, without losing a game.