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.
During his first full season in the Marlins rotation, Sandy Alcantara was part-player, part-philanthropist. The All-Star hosted multiple charity events this year—most recently on his Sept. 7 birthday—to collect baseball equipment for underprivileged children in his native Dominican Republic. Those donations are going to good use.
Alcantara released the following statement Monday to express his gratitude:
“Over the weekend #SoftballWithTheSandman came full circle. Our goal was to collect as much equipment as possible to bring back to [the Dominican Republic] for little leaguers who don’t have the things they need to follow their dreams of playing in the bigs. We did that and more! Thank you to everyone who donated and participated! Thanks to [the Giving Much More Foundation] and everyone who helped us put this together! Next year we will do more! Thank you all!”
Dominican Winter League (active players)
- C Wilkin Castillo—.292/.314/.313, 4 RBI, 1 SB, 11 K in 48 AB
- OF Gabriel Guerrero—.171/.194/.200, 4 RBI, 15 K in 35 AB
- RHP Tayron Guerrero—4.05 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 8 K in 6.2 IP
- RHP Kolton Mahoney—4.29 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 18 K in 21.0 IP (5 GS)
- DH/OF Peter O’Brien—.264/.388/.529, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 40 K in 121 AB
- OF Magneuris Sierra—.235/.257/.235, 1 RBI, 2 SB, 6 K in 34 AB
- C Rodrigo Vigil—.571/.625/.714 in 7 AB
As Toros del Este get closer to clinching a 2019-20 Caribbean round robin playoff berth, Jarlin García is shaking off the cobwebs from his left arm. Apparently with permission from the Marlins, he’ll be available as a late-season bullpen reinforcement. This will be his fourth straight winter pitching for the team (career 3.71 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in 17.0 IP).
O’Brien continues to play a pivotal role in the Toros’ success, once again voted their offensive star of the week. He leads the entire Dominican Winter League in adjusted OPS and runs batted in. Also, his seven home runs have tied the franchise’s single-season record for a foreign-born player.
Keep in mind that Sierra heads into the 2020 MLB campaign with no minor league options remaining. Mildly concerning that he cannot even get into the lineup consistently in the D.R. (and that the production in his limited opportunities has been so mediocre).
Tayron Guerrero and Kolton Mahoney have completed their winter ball adventures for Tigres del Licey and Águilas Cibaeñas, respectively.
Mexican Pacific League
- Santiago Chávez—.270/.270/.350, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 9 K in 37 AB
- Mike Kickham—1.96 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 32 K in 41.1 IP (7 GS)
I can’t find any correlation between being a frontline starting pitcher in Mexico and getting a serious shot at the majors. Feeling happy for Kickham anyway! Off-the-charts effectiveness.
Puerto Rican Winter League
- Jazz Chisholm—.238/.261/.286, 5 RBI, 2 SB, 7 K in 21 AB
Congrats again to Chisholm on being selected to the Marlins 40-man roster last Wednesday. Aside from clearing a path for him to be promoted to The Show in the near future, that transaction comes with a substantial pay raise; whereas the typical minor leaguer’s salary is below the national minimum wage, 40-man players are guaranteed more than $46,000.
Rivera’s batting average is dead last among qualified hitters in the league. He crushed a career-high 14 homers with the juiced Triple-A ball during the MiLB regular season.
Australian Baseball League
- Dustin Beggs—4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 4 K in 6.0 IP (1 GS)
Marlins RHP Dustin Beggs earns the win in his Australian Baseball League debut— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) November 22, 2019
6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR (85 pitches) pic.twitter.com/LvAEsMwjwP
Beggs got the Adelaide Giants season started on the right foot. He settled down after allowing an early home run and was the beneficiary of tremendous run support in the 10-3 victory.
Entering Wednesday with a 4-0 record, the Giants are the lone ABL team that’s still undefeated. Their regular season wraps around the new year and into 2020. It’s unclear how much of that Beggs will be participating in.