Date of Birth: 09/15/1990
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 220 lbs
College Experience: Yavapai College
Resides: Surprise, AZ
The 2018 season marks Markel's 8th season in professional baseball.
Markel was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 32nd round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Mountain Ridge HS (Glendale, AZ) but did not sign. Markel was once again drafted the following year after one season at Yavapai College (Prescott, AZ) by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 39th round. Markel would spend 7 years in the Rays system, pitching mostly as a reliever, owning a 34-26 record with a 3.99 ERA in 197 appearances.
Markel made his professional debut in 2010 at the age of 19 and just a year later was named a 2011 New York-Pennsylvania League Mid-Season All-Star pitching for the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Surprise, AZ native continued to impress in 2012 where he earned 11 wins which was tied for the 4th most in the entire Midwest League. Markel split the 2015 and 2016 seasons between the Rays Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, including finishing the 2016 season with the Triple-A Durham Bulls where the righty went 5-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 34 games for the Bulls.