Talks of final roster compilations have begun with spring training coming to a close in the next couple weeks. Although the small sample sizes of the spring may not be enough to convince coaches and front office members of a 25-man roster spot for players to begin the season, there are a few NRIs who have certainly tried to make their case for a spot with the Fish. Even if they don’t make the team out of camp, both Dillon Peters and Tyler Moore have had a solid enough start to their 2017 campaigns to show that they might make their Marlin debuts sometime in the near future.
Dillion Peters is currently tied for the second most innings pitched (9) from the Marlins pitching staff. The lefty has managed to strikeout four and induce soft contact while only yielding two earned runs with his strong arsenal of pitches. In a recent article on MLB.com, Mattingly stated that despite liking Peters’ poise on the mound, his lack of command will relegate him to the minors to begin the season unless there are unforeseen injuries. However, with already shallow pitching depth at the Major League level, it is not so far-fetched to see Peters make his MLB debut soon if he continues to quickly progress in Jacksonville.
In terms of position players, Tyler Moore has one of the strongest chances of breaking camp with the Marlins. The best chance for right-handed slugger is to jump into a platoon split with Justin Bour, and has made an interesting case so far this spring. He’s tied for the second on the team in homeruns (3) while playing a passable first base. His glaring issue is his high number of strikeouts (10), but if he can continue to show promising power output while maintaining a serviceable OBP, he may show that he can provide some immediate value for the Marlins.