Climbing The Ladder
We have some great news coming out of the Marlins farm system: right-handed pitchers Trevor Richards and Ben Meyer are being called up to the major league team on Wednesday, according to Craig Mish of SiriusXM.
Richards is ranked 19th by MLB Pipeline on the Top 30 Miami Marlins prospect list. After a brief stint with the Marlins, Richards is flexing a shiny 2.06 ERA, 37 strikeouts and just 4 walks allowed through 39 1⁄3 innings pitched in Triple-A New Orleans. He will be starting in place of Elieser Hernández on June 7 versus the St.Louis Cardinals. Hernández has been moved back to the bullpen after a poor outing last weekend.
Ben Meyer had a fantastic April in New Orleans with a 2.30 ERA through 27 1⁄3 innings pitched. This May, the narrative has been entirely different with a bloated 6.17 ERA, giving up 18 runs through 23.1 innings pitched. His last start was pretty good, however (6.1 IP, 1 ER). His role on the Major League team has not been confirmed as of yet, although it is likely he is headed to the bullpen.
Like Richards, Meyer has an inspiring underdog story. The 29th-round draft pick from 2015 becomes the first player from that draft round to reach the majors.
Corresponding roster moves for Richards and Meyer were not immediately reported or announced by the Marlins.
Meanwhile, right-handed pitcher Pablo Lopez has moved up from Double-A Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. Lopez has been lights out since joining the Jumbo Shrimp with a dazzling 0.62 ERA, 51 strikeouts, and 8 walks through 43 2⁄3 innings pitched.
Down on the Farm: the #Marlins have promoted RHP Pablo Lopez from AA @JaxShrimp to AAA @cakesbaseball. Lopez had a 0.62 ERA in 8 Southern League starts, allowing 3 earned runs in 43.2 innings with 8 walks and 51 strikeouts.— Glenn Geffner (@GlennGeffner) June 6, 2018
Despite Brayan Hernandez originally being the centerpiece of the David Phelps trade, Lopez has seemingly become the steal of the trade and will likely rise across many prospect rankings. Clearly, the Marlins found something the Mariners could not see and it appears Lopez has unlocked a true plus pitch in his sinking fastball.
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