For the Marlins, baseball season was done with the last out of the 4-3 victory against the Phillies on September 29. But for true Marlins fans, that last play had a different meaning: winter league ball was around the corner, and an opportunity to follow familiar Fish players in new uniforms was about to begin.
As of Sunday, there are 10 players from the organization in the WL adventure, split between the Mexican Pacific League (Liga Mexicana del Pacífico, LMP) and the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League (Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana, LIDOM). The Fish Stripes “Offseason” section will continue to provide regular updates about their progress.
Guerrero is wearing Tigres del Licey (DR) colors and has struck out seven in 5.2 innings of five hits and two earned runs. What’s causing a high WHIP (1.59) is his four walks. Opponents are batting for a .278 average and the flamethrower is carrying a 3.18 ERA.
Meanwhile, Kickham has notched a 0.82 ERA across 22.0 frames (four starts), with only 14 hits and two runs allowed with the Naranjeros de Hermosillo (MEX). Control is not a problem for the veteran lefty, who has walked three guys and punched out 18. Along with a 3-0 record, his OPP AVG shows as a brilliant .184.
On the younger side, Lewin Díaz is showing flashes of power for the Estrellas Orientales in his native Dominican Republic. MLB Pipeline ranks him 12th on their Marlins top prospects list.
We interrupt the World Series to bring you inside the world of Lewin Díaz! Marlins top 1B prospect continues wrecking the Dominican Winter League pic.twitter.com/S8yUBAXoNs— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) October 23, 2019
Díaz, 22, has a .250 batting average (16-for-64), but has hit three doubles, a triple, and two home runs. The first baseman has recorded 10 runs batted and six bases on balls in 17 games. His slash line is at .250/.319/.422.
The Santiago native slugged 33 two-baggers plus 27 dingers with a .851 OPS across 121 appearances between Class-A Advanced and Double-A during the regular season. He was acquired from the Twins in the Sergio Romo trade last July.
Mexican Pacific League
- C Santiago Chávez (Charros de Jalisco): 6 G, 1-for-11 (.091), 1 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, .231 OBP, .091 SLG, .322 OPS.
Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League
- C Wilkin Castillo (Leones del Escogido): 8 G, 6-for-20 (.300), 3 RBIs, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 SB, .348 OBP, .300 SLG, 648 OPS.
- 3B/SS Joe Dunand (Leones del Escogido): 7 G, 2-for-18 (.111), 1 3B, 2 RBIs, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, .200 OBP, .222 SLG, .422 OPS.
- OF Gabriel Guerrero (Estrellas Orientales): 4 G, 2-for-12 (.167), 2 RBIs, 6 SO, .167 OBP, .167, .333 OPS.
- OF Magneuris Sierra (Toros del Este): 6 G, 5-for-20 (.250), 1 RBI, 5 R, 2 SO, 1 SB, .286 OBP, .250 SLG, .536 OPS.
- RHP Kolton Mahoney (Águilas Cibaeñas): 4 G (three starts), 1-1 record, 12.2 IP, 14 H, 7 ER, 8 BB, 13 SO, 1.74 WHIP, 4.97 ERA.
- RHP Cody Poteet (Águilas Cibaeñas): 3 G (three starts), 0-1 record, 6.2 IP, 12 H, 10 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 2.55 WHIP, 13.50 ERA.
Statistics updated entering 11-03-2019