Four weeks after adding first baseman Brandon Hollingsworth to his program, Martin Methodist College baseball coach Kelly Bratton snatched up another Marshall County High School product when senior pitcher Marcus Green recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Red Hawks.
After finishing with a 7.29 ERA and failing to record a victory in 10 appearances on the mound as a junior, Green enjoyed a highly productive senior campaign and served as the Tigers' number two starting pitcher. During the 2011 season, Green posted a 6-0 record, notched a 3.16 ERA, and racked up 65 strikeouts in 51 innings of work while opponents batted just .235 against him.
Green was particularly tough in the playoffs, as the hard throwing left hander finished with a 1-0 record in three appearances, sported a 2.84 ERA, and registered 20 strikeouts over 12 1/3 innings.
"I think I had a whole lot better work ethic during my senior year," said Green. "I like being in the big situations and want the ball in my hands."
"Marcus worked real hard in the offseason on the weights and gained a lot of strength," said Marshall County coach Steve Reese. "It wasn't a surprise how he performed as a senior because that's what we expected from him all along. He was a very young senior and with some physical maturity he'll be a totally different pitcher in college. Coach Bratton is going to work with him and he is going to be a good fit for Martin."
Although he has yet to turn 18 years old, Green already possesses a fastball in the mid 80s and has a chance to contribute as a freshman at Martin Methodist.
"Early in his career, I envision him coming out of the bullpen to get some college experience under his belt," said Bratton. "He still needs to get bigger and stronger and I see him gaining a few MPH on his fastball."
Green also had a scholarship offer from Motlow State Community College, but simply felt more comfortable at Martin Methodist.
"I have more friends there and it was my first choice," said Green. "I liked the campus and it seemed to fit me pretty well."
If he shows the same rapid improvement that he did in his final season with Marshall County, Green has a chance to make an impact at Martin Methodist over the next four years.