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Fresh Fish News, 8/4/19: 2019 trade deadline, projected 2021 pitching staff, new closing options

The Marlins spent the past week moving their surplus pitching and adding towards their hitting. Will these moves pay off in the future?

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With the 2019 trade deadline officially past us, the Miami Marlins surprised fans by trading one of their top pitching rookies, Zac Gallen, and not moving their expiring, veteran contracts. Fish Stripes has all that and more including highlights and stories from the past week regarding your Marlins!


Marlins Game Recaps

The Marlins won the last two games of a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks before losing two out of three to the Minnesota Twins salvaging the last game with a win. The Marlins started their series against the Tampa Bay Rays by losing the first game. For the week, they went 3-3, and are 42-66 overall for the season.

July 28—Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 1; Elieser Hernandez started this game for the Marlins, going four innings allowing one run on three hits, two walks with one strikeout. The Marlins scored five runs on nine hits with Miguel Rojas, Brian Anderson and Harold Ramirez hitting a HR.

July 29—Marlins 11, Diamondbacks 6; Caleb Smith took the mound going seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. The Marlins offense clicked again scoring 11 runs on 10 hits with HRs from Miguel Rojas and Brian Anderson. Harold Ramirez also contributed 2 RBIs in the game.

July 30—Twins 2, Marlins 1; Zac Gallen pitched what would be his last start for the Marlins, going seven innings allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. Curtis Granderson contributed two hits and an RBI in the game as the Marlins could not score more than a run in the game.

July 31—Twins 7, Marlins 4; Sandy Alcantara did not make it throug the fifth inning against the Twins allowing seven runs on six hits and five walks with five strikeouts. The Marlins attempted a rally late scoring four on a Brian Anderson grand slam but could not complete the comeback.

August 1—Marlins 5, Twins 4; Jordan Yamamoto got the start against the Twins going six innings allowing four runs on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. The Marlins again rallied late after a Jon Berti RBI double and a two-run single by Neil Walker tied the game and Harold Ramirez walked it off in the 12th with a solo HR.

August 3—Rays 8, Marlins 6; Elieser Hernandez got the ball against the Rays only going three innings allowing five runs on four hits with four walks and no strikeouts. The Marlins scored six runs on nine hits with Starlin Castro hitting a HR and Jon Berti getting three hits and an RBI but it was not enough to win the game.

Trade Deadline Recap and Marlins Roster Moves

The Marlins were predicted to be sellers at the trade deadline, but they took a more creative approach. Fish Stripes’ own Ely Sussman led our coverage of the all the transactions in this stream.

  • Marlins trade RHP Zac Gallen to Diamondbacks for SS Jazz Chisholm
  • Marlins trade RHP Nick Anderson and RHP Trevor Richards to Rays for OF Jesús Sánchez and RHP Ryne Stanek

Setting Sights Toward the Future

Andre Fernandez of The Athletic (subscription required) and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com are among those forecasting how the trades will impact the Marlins major league club within the next couple seasons.

Outfield Prospects Earn Promotions

Marlins outfielders Victor Victor Mesa, Kameron Misner and Connor Scott all got a step closer to realizing their big league dreams with their promotions. Mesa was moved to the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Scott was promoted to the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads and Misner is heading to Low-A Clinton LumberKings for the final month of the minor league season.

Misner, in particular, has thrived in his new environment, slashing .400/.458/.700 through five games in Clinton with two home runs and three stolen bases.

Miguel Rojas is All In

Miguel Rojas has become one of the most beloved players in Miami at the moment, not only because of his defensive versatility, great numbers at the plate and amazing clubhouse presence but because he actually wants to be in Miami and see this rebuild through. In an article by Jordan McPherson, Rojas talks about how he is all in on the organization and whatever they need from him he is willing to do.

Exploring Closing Options

With the departures of Sergio Romo and Anderson, Don Mattingly has discussed having a closer by committee down the stretch. However, it is possible one of the bullpen arms can be so good to distinguish himself and win the closer’s role. Newly added relief pitcher Ryne Stanek gained an experience in a variety of roles while with the Rays organization, so it’ll be interesting to reassesses things once he joins the Marlins ‘pen later this month. The full article by Wells Dusenbury on these options can be read here.

Podcast Episodes

The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites, Earning Their Stripes and A-Ball with Erik Oas. All new episodes are posted to FishStripes.com/podcasts. You can also find them on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods.

Special guests this week are former Marlins first-round draft pick Tyler Kolek and Triple-A New Orleans right-hander Cody Poteet.


With many familiar faces being shipped off to other teams after the trade deadline, what can we expect from the Marlins these last two months of the season. Will they call up some new faces to replace the old ones? This is a question we hope to have the answer to soon. Stick with Fish Stripes for all the latest news, highlights and analysis regarding your Miami Marlins!