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.
Off the field, we begin by congratulating Sarah and Austin Dean! The Texas natives, coupled together for most of their adult lives, tied the knot on Saturday.
You may remember Sarah (née Kirby) from her FOX Sports Florida interview on the night of Dean’s major league debut in 2018, or her raw reaction to his first career home run later on that same road trip.
In related news, Marlins catching prospect Nick Fortes got engaged this past weekend and right-hander Kolton Mahoney announced that he and his wife are expecting their first child in 2020, a baby girl.
Dominican Winter League (active players)
- LHP Jarlin García—0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 1 K in 2.0 IP
Successful winter ball season debut for Jarlin García, working a 1-2-3 inning pic.twitter.com/iUpHu8kmJT— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) November 28, 2019
- OF Gabriel Guerrero—.241/.293/.333, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 19 K in 54 AB
- DH/OF Peter O’Brien—.265/.399/.529, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 45 K in 136 AB
- OF Magneuris Sierra—.244/.261/.311, 1 RBI, 2 SB, 7 K in 45 AB
- C Rodrigo Vigil—.412/.474/.471, 2 RBI, 2 K in 17 AB
So far, so good for Jarlin. An inning per appearance with several days of rest in between should be the norm for him as a member of the Toros.
He’s doubtful to re-sign with the Marlins, but still nice to see Gaby Guerrero wake up at the plate after a sluggish start to his season.
Mexican Pacific League
- Santiago Chávez—.105/.227/.105, 1 RBI, 6 K in 19 AB
- Mike Kickham—1.96 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 32 K in 41.1 IP (7 GS)
The previous edition of Offseason Fish mixed up Chávez’s stats with those of a more competent hitter. Fish Stripes regrets the error!
Puerto Rican Winter League
- SS Jazz Chisholm—.273/.306/.455, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB, 8 K in 33 AB
- OF Monte Harrison—.200/.273/.233, 3 SB, 8 K in 30 AB
- C Brian Navarreto—.114/.139/.114, 2 RBI, 11 K in 35 AB
- INF Yadiel Rivera—.069/.182/.103, 1 SB, 9 K in 29 AB
The Marlins didn’t sign Navarreto for his offense anyway, but yeesh—combining this and his LIDOM experience earlier this offseason with Tigres del Licey (.125/.163/.200, 1 HR in 40 AB) has done nothing to shake his reputation as an automatic out.
In an interview with El Nuevo Herald, Isan Díaz shared his plans to arrive on the island Dec. 1. Assuming that went according to plan, he should be on the field for Gigantes de Carolina later this week.
Australian Baseball League
- RHP Dustin Beggs—6.10 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 7 K in 10.1 IP (2 GS)
Footage of a Beggs strikeout sequence. Gotta love the pace of play.
I have been unable to dig up any official offseason stats for J.C. Millán, however some social media sleuthing reveals that he played for Tigres de Cartagena in November. It appears Millán made eight starts, all as a center fielder, typically batting in the fifth or sixth spot of the lineup. Interestingly, the Cuban utility man has never appeared in center field for a Marlins affiliate since turning pro in 2016.
Millán established new career highs in most categories last summer while with the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
- 1B/DH Lázaro Alonso—.133/.235/.133, 8 K in 15 AB
- OF Jhonny Santos—.333/.400/.778, 1 RBI, 1 K in 9 AB
Alonso is coming off a strong campaign for High-A Jupiter, combining solid power with a 13.5% walk rate. He figures to advance to Jacksonville in 2020.
A native of Panamá, Santos scored the game-winning run for Astronautas de Chiriquí on Monday night, coming around from second base on a bloop single.
Santos has had a quiet six seasons in the Marlins system. He is a .240/.305/.329 career hitter in the minors who’s done more of the same with Jupiter (.225/.297/.322 in 312 PA). Considering the surplus of talented outfielders acquired recently, the 23-year-old may get squeezed out of the organization next spring.