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Marcum Makes Amazing Stride in 2005

The Blue Jays had several pitching prospects in 2005 that made marvelous leaps in the organization. Some began at Low Class-A teams and ended up at Double-A. Others began in the Florida State League and ended up pitching in the International League. However, only one pitcher made the jump from Double-A to the major leagues in 2005, and that was Shaun Marcum.

The right-hander was a third round selection in the 2003 draft and accelerated rapidly up the system. He had a career year this past season, and his appearance with Toronto in September capped off an amazing season. Marcum's amazing season began with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The right-hander went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA over his first four starts of the season. Marcum issued just two walks...

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