Miami Marlins links for Friday, March 16th 2018
Spring training results
The Marlins continued their spring training dominance over their NL East rival New York Mets, defeating them by a score of 7-6 to improve to a Grapefruit league-leading 12-6. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows that the records don’t mean much, if anything, in spring training, but I think if any team in baseball is going to get a confidence booster from winning now, it is the Marlins with the group of young, inexperienced players on hand.
Dillon Peters started the game and went two innings, giving up no earned runs, a hit and a walk. Tayron Guerrero and Jumbo Diaz would follow with clean single innings, followed by rotation hopeful Odrisamer Despaigne pitching 3 and a third’s innings, giving up one run on four hits, one walk and striking out three, a solid push for his candidacy. Alex Wimmers and Chris Rucinski would close the game out, neither looking particularly effective.
As most of the presumptive starters were out yesterday, much of the offense was carried by guys who probably aren’t going to make the team. So while I’m not going to enumerate their efforts, you can check it out for yourself here if you like to deep dive.
Today’s bout pits the Marlins against the St. Louis Cardinals. Sandy Alcantara can clinch a rotation spot with a solid performance today, matched up against Michael Wacha for the red birds.
Full moves @Marlins LHPs Adam Conley and Dillon Peters optioned to NOLA, LHP Jarlin García optioned to JAX, and RHPs Chris Mazza, Drew Rucinski, and Alex Wimmers, and INF Isan Diaz reassigned to Minor League camp— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) March 16, 2018
The latter four mentioned by Frisaro were expected. Less so were the former three. Adam Conley came into camp needing to show that he was among the best five starting options in the organization, and he did not, so now he will serve as depth in AAA. The velocity has returned, but I think the organization just wants to make sure he’s 100% recovered from his injuries last season. We will undoubtedly see him later in the year. I’m less sure about Dillon Peters, who may need the extra seasoning AAA can offer him. The Jarlin Garcia move makes sense as they want to continue stretching him out and would prefer to give him an easier landing (AA) than trying to smooth things out at the major league level.
Rotation battle narrows
With the culling of the rotation candidate crop, the battle for the final three spots behind Jose Urena and Dan Straily has dropped to five possibilities: Sandy Alcantara, Jacob Turner, Justin Nicolino, Odrisamer Despaigne, and Caleb Smith, with Wei-Yin Chen lurking in the background ready to snag a spot once he proves healthy enough to do so.
DD’s time to shine
Andre C. Fernandez at the Miami Herald profiles Derek Dietrich’s increased role this season.
Fangraphs ranks the Marlins prospects
As a part of an ongoing series over at Fangraphs, Eric Longenhagen profiles the Marlins’ top 29 prospects.
FanGraphs is really impressed with No. 2 Monte Harrison ("has an All-Star ceiling and seems hell bent on attaining it"), not so much with No. 8 Sandy Alcantara ("full-time move to the bullpen was probably coming soon had he not been traded") https://t.co/GLjUcaoLpj— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) March 16, 2018
Lewis Brinson appears on the Show before the Show podcast
Fun listen as Brinson talks with the guys behind milb.com’s regular podcast.
NL East preview (en español)
The Play It USA network has come out with their own NL East Preview. It’s in Spanish, so if you can’t read it, copy and paste it into one of the many available translators online...welcome to 2018.
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