Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Marlins' prospect Arquimedes Caminero has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the Dominican Winter League.
It's fairly clear the Arquimedes Caminero is the most inconsistent, yet interesting and talented Marlins pitching prospect. Standing 6'4'', Caminero has a nasty fastball that can touch up to 98 MPH, but he's been held back by injuries his entire career. Caminero had a very impressive but short 2012 season in which he pitched for High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. Now, at the age of twenty-five, Caminero is proving to Dominican hitters how consistent he can be.
Caminero's 2012 season officially started on June 2nd in Jupiter. Coming off of a season in which Caminero pitched in only one inning in rookie ball, few thought Caminero could make it through a whole season without getting injured. After all, he hadn't done that since 2010, the only time Caminero pitched for the majority of a year since being since by the Marlins in 2005. Well, Caminero did it. In a season when one major injury could end his professional baseball career in the United States, Caminero stayed healthy and resurrected his career.
So far, in 12.1 innings pitching for the Toros del Este, Caminero has allowed six hits, and only one earned run. He has a 10/4 K/BB ratio. Simply put, in a limited amount of time, Caminero has left his mark on the Dominican Winter League. I'm not sure as to whether or not to hope that Caminero gets more innings or more rest. With more innings, he could develop his offspeed pitches. On the other hand, he probably has not thrown this many innings in one calendar year before in his life. Hopefully, the Marlins are in contact with the Toros del Este and making sure Caminero is getting the right amount of work.
If everything goes right, Arquimedes Euclides Caminero could be pitching in the Marlins' bullpen by the All-Star break. He will likely start out the year at Double-A Jacksonville. Caminero has always had a ton of talent; whether or not he can stay on the field and learn to develop one of his offspeed pitches is what will determine whether he will be successful or not. Caminero's impressive numbers in the DWL is a good sign that he is going to continue the consistency he had in 2012 into the next year.