Who would you want as a first base coach to lead the Cardinals in 2017…..Oliver Marmol of course. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2007 draft and played in the Cardinals organization until 2010. In 2011 he became the hitting coach of the Gulf Coast Cardinals League. The next season he became manager of the Johnson City club and in 2015 was promoted to manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals. At the age of 30 in which he could still play ball, he gets promoted to the St.Louis Cardinals as a first base coach.
In 2012 he was named the youngest manager in all of professional baseball. A short year later Marmol lead his team, the State College Spikes, to a Division Championship. Later that year Marmol was named the 2013 winner of the George Kissell Award. This prestigious award has been presented annually since 1995 to a member of the St.Louis Cardinals Minor League staff who exhibits excellence in player development.