For the 2016-17 offseason, we counted down the Top 100 all-time Marlins. This offseason, we will instead cast our eyes ahead. I’ll be outlining the Top 100 Marlins prospects, as chosen by you on the ranker.com listing.
Miguel Del Pozo comes in at number 88 on the Marlin Prospect countdown. A 6’1”, 180 lefty from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Del Pozo was born on October 14th, 1992. The Marlins signed him to a minor league contract on November 20th, 2010, just a month after his 18th birthday.
Del Pozo joined the DSL Marlins for the 2011 campaign, and in his first professional action, he posted a 3-3 record with a 5.09 ERA, with 47 whiffs in just 40 2⁄3 innings. He finished with a 1.574 WHIP. On July 7th, he started and struck out seven in six shutout, two-hit innings in a 4-0 victory against the DSL Mets (1).
In 2012, Del Pozo did well with a lateral promotion to the GCL Marlins. He appeared in 18 games, starting three and earning one save. He went 1-2 with a 4.31 ERA, striking out 32 in 31 1⁄3 innings, with a 1.596 WHIP and a .225 opposing batting average. He was particularly adept at limiting extra base hits, with only five surrendered for a .292 SLG and an opposing ISO of .067.
Del Pozo played the majority of his 2013 campaign with the Batavia Muckdogs in the short-season single-A New York-Penn League. He whiffed 36 batters in 24 1⁄3 innings, for a 13.3 K/9 rate. He went 2-1 with a 4.81 ERA. On June 29th, Del Pozo earned his first win of the season by striking out four of the six batters he faced in a 5-4 win over the State College Spikes.
In 2014, Del Pozo found himself promoted to the Greensboro Grasshoppers, where he posted a 2-6 record, four saves, and a 4.81 ERA. He struck out 85 in 66 innings, with a minimal 1.182 WHIP and a .246 opposing batting average. On May 13th, in a 4-3 loss to the Lexington Legends, Del Pozo pitched four hitless innings, whiffing as many batters.
Del Pozo pitched for the Jupiter Hammerheads in 2015, missing the end of the season with an elbow strain. He went 2-5 with a 4.25 ERA, starting in five of his 27 appearances. He struck out 55 batters in 59 1⁄3 innings, and walked only 20. Del Pozo went on the DL for the 2016 season to undergo Tommy John surgery.
This past season, Del Pozo racked up a 0.70 ERA across four levels of minor league ball in 25 2⁄3 innings, going 3-0, striking out 27 with a 1.208 WHIP, and holding opposing batters to a slashline of .219/.306/.281.
Del Pozo hits 93-96 on the radar gun post surgery. It was no doubt in part a factor in Miami’s decision to add him to the 40-man roster yesterday. He should join fellow lefty Jarlin Garcia sometime next season out of Miami’s bullpen.