By Bob Behre
Righthander Ron Marinaccio may not be one of the New York Yankees’ high profile prospects, but the Toms River North grad is certainly one who is off to a very good start to his professional baseball career.
Marinaccio was drafted last June in the 19th round, 572nd overall, by the Yankees and assigned to the team’s Yankees East affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. Marinaccio was drafted after a dominant redshirt junior season at the University of Delaware.
The 6-5, 205-pounder’s first foray into the professional ranks proved fruitful. Marinaccio went 3-0 for the Yankees East rookie club with a 2.30 ERA in 13 appearances, all out of the bullpen. He permitted 12 hits in 15.2 innings and allowed just four runs. He struck out 15 and walked six batters.
That impressive professional start followed a junior campaign at Delaware in which Marinaccio went 4-3 with a 2.09 ERA in 22 appearances. Used both as a starter in reliever in 2017, Marinaccio limited opponents to a paltry .195 batting average over 64.2 innings. He struck out 68 and walked 22. He concluded his three years at Delaware with a 15-10 career record and a 3.79 ERA in 207.2 innings. He struck out 184 and walked 83.
Marinaccio was twice named the team’s Pitcher of the Year at Delaware, receiving the honor in 2015 and ‘17. The righty was especially dominant for his high school team, which he lead to the Ocean County and Shore Conference Tournament championships his senior year. He boasted a gaudy 0.72 ERA during that 2013 season.
He earned a Criminal Justice degree from Delaware.