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Marlins fall/winter update, Dec. 24-30

Presenting final regular season stats from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, plus new info on a Marlins reliever honing his craft on the other side of the world!

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For the last time in 2018, here is a Monday roundup of storylines, stats and highlights from Marlins players who are staying active this offseason. All of the previous weekly updates are contained in this thread.

Stats updated through Sunday’s games.

Australian Baseball League

A tip of the cap to Marlin Maniac’s Kevin Kraczkowski for drawing my attention to right-hander Zech Lemond in a recent article. The former Padres third-round draft pick landed in the Marlins farm system last year and performed pretty well between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville (2.29 ERA, 51.0 IP, 47 K).

Lemond is currently halfway around the world with Australia’s Canberra Cavalry. Their season doesn’t align with the Caribbean winter leagues, starting and ending at later dates. So far, he has posted a 2.25 ERA and 1.33 WHIP through 12 innings (nine appearances).

Making the Opening Day roster would be a huge stretch, but there’s a strong chance that he at least appears in a few Grapefruit League games during spring training.

Dominican Winter League

Final regular season stats

Of the five Toros players who are Marlins property, only García stuck on the roster for the round-robin postseason tournament. He contributed two scoreless innings in Thursday’s loss to Escogido.

Venezuelan Winter League

Final regular season stats

Since hanging up his cleats a few weeks ago, González is back with the Marlins in a community relations role. Already test-driving Our Colores!

Ramírez was firmly in the league’s MVP conversation before the Marlins removed him from action. Fortunately, Leones del Caracas competed hard without him to finish at 34-29, and the outfielder will rejoin them for a postseason run.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Final regular season stats

  • INF Isan Díaz (Gigantes de Carolina)—.272/.348/.368 in 132 PA
  • INF Yadiel Rivera (Indios de Mayagüez/Criollos de Caguas)—.193/.264/.253 in 91 PA

Excited to see how Díaz handles the bright lights as his team enters the Round Robin. Let’s hope he isn’t too worn down after playing 152 total games in 2018.