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Offseason Fish—12/17/19

Our latest roundup of Marlins player activity from all around the world (literally).

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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.


If you are Online Gambling in PA or anyplace else, Marlins outfielder Jesús Sánchez would be listed as a near-lock to make his MLB debut in 2020. Those odds are shifting, however, since Sánchez underwent a minor surgery a week ago. It’s not yet clear exactly what the issue was or how it may impact his readiness for the season.

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Shortly before that, Sánchez had been participating in a hitters’ camp with Marlins players in Jupiter. Wishing him a full recovery!

From 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, the Miami Marlins Foundation is hosting a holiday event for hundreds of children at the ballpark. Isan Díaz, Pablo López and Jordan Yamamoto will all attend, as will former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson.

Dominican Winter League (active players)

The final LIDOM regular season games are being played Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a draft on Friday—during which contenders add top talent from eliminated teams—and the start of the Round Robin playoffs on Saturday.

As of now, García, O’Brien and Sierra all remain on the Toros del Este roster.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Navarreto’s offensive production has crept up to respectability. More impressively, he has caught 10 of 14 attempted base-stealers—he caught only 12 total during the entire MiLB regular season.

Criollos de Caguas entrusted Harrison with their everyday center fielder’s job. He handled it admirably.

At this exact moment, Harrison has a strong case for a Marlins Opening Day roster spot. But the club is widely expected to acquire a veteran outfielder in the near future, pushing him further down the depth chart.

Australian Baseball League

  • RHP Dustin Beggs—4.64 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 20 K in 21.1 IP (4 GS)

If not for some rough BABIP luck, Beggs would be regarded as one of the ABL’s most successful starters. Seems as though he’ll remain with the Adelaide Giants for at least another start or two.

Mexican Pacific League

  • C Julian León—.277/.415/.511, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 46 K in 141 AB

The Marlins selected León during the Triple-A phase of last Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft. This is the fourth straight winter that he has played ball in his native Mexico, but the first time he has raked to this extent. His home run and runs batted in totals lead all catchers.

Moreover, León has an astounding 54.5% caught-stealing rate—opponents are only 15-for-33 trying to run against him.

Probeis Panamá

As mentioned previously, Santos was facing a murky future in the Marlins organization given their extraordinary outfield depth. The Mariners freed him from those circumstances by scooping up him as a Rule 5 pick (Triple-A phase, just like León).

LPB Colombia

I was having trouble earlier in the offseason finding any official information regarding Marlins players in the Colombian league. Better late than never, let’s remedy that!

Primarily an infielder during the regular season, J.C. Millan patrolled center field for Tigres de Cartagena. The unfamiliarity showed—he committed a whopping five errors in just 14 games. Millan slashed .174/.367/.239 at the plate, buoyed by the highest walk rate in LPB.

Right-hander Elkin Alcala worked high-leverage situations for Leones de Santa Marta. He had a sparkling 1.20 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 15.0 IP (nine appearances).

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