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Offseason Fish—11/19/19

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An impressive month for Lewin Díaz in the Dominican Republic fuels optimism that he’ll be a productive major leaguer in the near future.

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For many players within the Marlins organization, baseball never stops. Just like last year, Fish Stripes will be consistently updating the whereabouts of your favorite Fish during the offseason. At FishStripes.com/offseason, you can find updates on them, including stats, highlights and (small sample size) analysis.


Dominican Winter League (active players)

Lewin Díaz accomplished exactly what he set out to do as one of the youngest but also the best player on a last-place Estrellas Orientales team. Regular season and LIDOM combined, he racked up 30 home runs and 96 runs batted in.

The next baby step in his career comes Wednesday when the Marlins will officially place the Dominican first baseman on their 40-man roster (protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft).

This will also be Dunand’s final week of being featured on “Offseason Fish” updates. His playing time had been drastically reduced after an initial slump, so he withdrew from the league rather than warm the bench.

Águilas Cibaeñas signed Rodrigo Vigil last Thursday. He and Mahoney were battery mates for much of the 2019 regular season with Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. A native of Panama, Vigil has quietly spent this entire decade in the Marlins organization. Although currently a free agent, he appears to be a realistic candidate to re-sign considering the Fish’s lack of depth at catcher in the high minors.

Mexican Pacific League

Kickham is the only pitcher in the league to log as many as 35 innings without surrendering any homers.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Chisholm has been installed as the leadoff hitter for Criollos de Caguas. He definitely did his job as a “table-setter” in Saturday’s win, reaching base safely four times.

Isan Díaz is scheduled to participate in the Miami Marlins Home Plate Meals Thanksgiving Distribution at Marlins Park on Nov. 25. He’s on the Gigantes de Carolina roster, but clearly not on the island yet. His stint with the club will presumably begin sometime shortly after that event.

Australian Baseball League

The 2019-20 ABL campaign launches this week. Right-hander Dustin Beggs technically made his Adelaide Giants debut in a Nov. 13 exhibition game. “I’m loving the lifestyle in Australia,” he said afterward, “feeling very relaxed and in a good state of mind for my pitching.”

In the Marlins organization in 2019, Beggs worked 112 13 innings with a 4.41 ERA and 4.74 FIP (most of that at Triple-A New Orleans). It appears that he’ll be in the Giants starting rotation, making up for some innings lost due to injury during the summer.

The 26-year-old Beggs is eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft and expected to be left unprotected.