The Marlins acquired lefty reliever Hunter Cervenka from the Braves on Saturday afternoon, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke was the first to report the deal.
Source confirms: #Marlins acquire Cervenka from #Braves. First reported: @StokkeTommy.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 6, 2016
Prospects Michael Mader and Anfernee Seymour are heading to Atlanta in the deal, according to Stokke.
Cervenka, 26, was reportedly one of Miami’s targets in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline. However, the club was unable to complete a deal.
Cervenka is having a solid season, pitching to a 3.18 ERA and 3.95 FIP over 34.0 innings with the Braves.
Miami’s bullpen lacks a second lefty option, with Mike Dunn serving as the lone left-hander in the club’s bullpen.
Cervenka made his major league debut this season and throw hard for a left-handed reliever. His fastball averages 93 mph and opposing left-handed hitters are batting a mere .143 against him.
His 6.1 walks/per nine innings is a bit high, but he will likely give the Marlins depth in the middle of their bullpen.
Seymour was Miami’s eighth-best prospect, according to MLB.com. With Class-A, he’s stolen 36 bases.
Mader, 22, was Miami’s third round pick in 2014.
Miami lost a relief arm with David Phelps moving into a starting role after the club sent Colin Rea back to San Diego.
The Marlins’ bullpen has pitched to a 3.67 ERA, which ranks seventh in the National League.