Brad Hand is receiving another opportunity to start for the Marlins. Hand pitched throughout Miami's minor league system as a starter, and according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, he is set to start on Tuesday night against the Mets.
Hand, 25, made the club out of spring training as a long relief option but has since seen his role change. After the Marlins traded Steve Cishek, the organization asked Hand to pitch as a left-handed setup man late in games. He has posted a 5.12 ERA and 2.55 FIP over 45.2 innings with the Marlins this season and has proven to be a durable arm throughout the course of his career, most notably tossing 111.0 innings last season.
Although the Marlins are hoping Hand will have success as their fifth starter, the club's choice is notable given its amount of starting pitching depth. The Marlins recalled Adam Conley, who is currently pitching out of the bullpen, and also has Justin Nicolino and Kendrys Flores starting in Triple-A. While Hand might only make a few starts before the Marlins turn to their youth, the organization has started to evaluate its talent with 2016 in mind. Still out of options, Hand will likely remain in the Marlins' plans next season.
Nicolino has gone 6-7 while posting a 3.55 ERA in Triple-A this season while Flores has gone 3-2 with a 2.55 ERA. Conley has also pitched notably well, posting a 2.52 ERA while winning nine contests, and he might not remain in the bullpen for long.
Jarred Cosart has been plagued by vertigo throughout the last few months and Henderson Alvarez is out for the season following shoulder surgery. The Marlins have turned to Jose Urena to fill one hole in the rotation, and after dealing Mat Latos and Dan Haren before the non-waiver trade deadline, will give Hand a chance to start. But if either struggles, the Marlins have other arms they can turn to.