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All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 38

Ryne Stanek headlines today’s group of six Marlins from every era of play.

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Chapter 38 of the offseason-long series on every Marlins player to appear in a regular season game features players from their earliest days to their latest game.

This group of players had/have between 75 and 249 PA/BF while with the Florida/Miami Marlins, and all are currently below replacement level.

393. Ryne Stanek

Ryne Stanek is a six-foot-four right-handed relief pitcher from St. Louis Missouri. Despite his parents being die-hard Cardinals fans, Stanek is indeed named after Chicago Cubs Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg.

Stanek was a first-round choice of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, 29th overall out of the University of Arkansas. In his final collegiate season, he went 10-2 with a 1.39 in 16 starts, with 79 strikeouts in 97 13 innings and a 1.16 WHIP. Prior to the 2017 season, Stanek was named the number 16 Rays’ prospect, according to Baseball America.

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Once promoted to the majors, Stanek pitched in 121 contests for the Rays over the next two-and-a-half seasons, going 2-5 with a 3.55 ERA, 171 K’s in 142 innings, and a 1.225 WHIP. At the trade deadline, the Marlins sent starter Trevor Richards and reliever Nick Anderson to the Rays for Stanek and Jesús Sánchez.

Since joining the Marlins, Stanek’s pre- and post-trade splits are stark in contrast. In 31 regular season games since the trade, Stanek has racked up a 6.03 ERA and a 1.755 WHIP in 31 13 innings. He’s continued to strike out batters at an impressive rate, with 39 for an 11.2 K/9 rate, however he’s also blown four-of-five save opportunities.

392. Nick Green

Nick Green is a five-foot-11, right-handed infielder out of Pensacola. In 1998, the Atlanta Braves picked him in the 32nd round out of Georgia Perimeter College.

Prior to making his way to the Marlins in 2012, Green played at the major league level for the Braves, the Devil Rays, the New York Yankees, the Seattle Mariners, the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Toronto Blue Jays. In 392 games for that mix of teams, he slashed .237/.305/.348 with 16 homers and 96 RBI.

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After the 2011 season, Green signed with the Marlins through free agency. In two seasons with the then-recently renamed Miami Marlins, Green spent most of his time with the New Orleans Zephyrs. Called up to Miami in August, 2012, Green went four-for-23 in seven contests, with three doubles and one RBI. He drew zero walks and struck out six times, and made one error in 53 innings combined between second, third, and short.

Green spent most of the first two months of the 2013 season with Miami proper. He appeared in another 18 games at the major league level with them, and went 13-for-55 with two doubles, a homer, and six RBI. He drew three walks, scored four runs, and struck out 14 times. In 152 total innings between all four infield positions, Green put up a 1.000 fielding percentage in 97 chances. After the campaign, the Marlins granted his free agency.

391. Andre Rienzo

André Rienzo is a six-foot-two right-handed pitcher from Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2006, the Chicago White Sox signed him to his first professional deal at the age of 18.

Rienzo eventually rose through the minors, making his way onto the Baseball America prospect list as number seven on the White Sox. He ranked fourth that season in the International League with 9.00 strikeouts per nine innings. He also made his major league debut that season for the White Sox, going 2-3 with a 4.82 in 10 starts. He struck out 38 in 56 frames, with a 1.482 WHIP.

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In 2014, he appeared in another 18 contests for the White Sox, starting 11 and going 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA and a 1.778 WHIP and 51 strikeouts in 64 23 frames. After the season, Chicago traded him to the Miami Marlins for Dan Jennings.

Rienzo split his 2015 season between the Zephyrs and the Marlins. He was called up to the majors a total of three times that year. Rienzo appeared in 14 games for Miami, going 0-1 with a 5.95 ERA. He put 58 percent of his 357 pitches over the plate, struck out 15 in 19 23 innings, and finished with a 1.525 WHIP. He went 0-for-2 from the plate, and made two assists without an error in the field.

In 2016, Rienzo played in a total of 34 minor league contests between four levels of affiliation. The Marlins released him on September 3, and he later signed on with the San Diego Padres to a minor league deal. He’s since spent two seasons with the Monclova Acereros in the Mexican League.

390. Jim Corsi

Newton, Massachusetts native Jim Corsi is a six-foot-one right-handed pitcher. In 1982, the New York Yankees chose him in round number 25 out of Saint Leo University. After two seasons in the Bombers’ minor league system, they released him at the start of the 1984 campaign.

Corsi spent a year unsigned, eventually inking a deal with his hometown club, the Boston Red Sox. They released him after two seasons as well, and Corsi then signed with the Oakland Athletics, for whom Corsi made his major league debut.

Corsi played for the A’s and the Houston Astros for parts of four seasons prior to the inaugural version of the Florida Marlins. In 112 games over that time, Corsi was 5-10 with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.230 WHIP. Granted free agency following the 1992 season, Corsi signed with the Marlins on November 17, 1992.

Although he spent some time in the Marlins minor leagues, Corsi joined Florida on April 30 and remained with the parent club until early-July. In 15 games he pitched 20 13 innings, and allowed 15 earned runs on 28 hits and 10 walks. He struck out seven, and although he had a decent 62 percent strike-rate out of his 289 offerings, his 1.869 WHIP would be the highest of his 10-season major league career.

Corsi was granted free agency after the Marlins first season. He went on to appear in the majors for the Athletics (again), the Red Sox, and the Baltimore Orioles.

389. Chris Aguila

Chris Aguila was a five-foot-11 outfielder when the Marlins drafted him in the third round of the draft in 1997. A native of Redwood City, California, Aguila took until his eighth professional season to make his major league debut with Florida.

Although 29 games was the smallest sample size of Aguila’s three seasons with the Marlins, it was also his best. It was the only of the three seasons that Aguila didn’t post a negative brWAR. He went 10-for-45 from the plate, with two doubles, a triple, and three home runs, with five RBI. He drew two walks, scored 10 runs, and struck out a dozen times. In the outfield, he made two errors in 89 innings for a .909 fielding percentage.

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Aguila played in 65 games for the 2005 Marlins, going 19-for-78 from the plate with three doubles and four RBI. He drew three walks, scored 11 runs, and struck out 19 times. On August 9, he was the big hero in a 5-0 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He opened the scoring with an RBI-double in the second and singled and scored in the fourth, while A.J. Burnett pitched a three-hit shutout.

Aguila opened the 2006 season with the Marlins, and appeared in 37 of their first 45 games. In 47 appearances in total, he went 22-for-95 with eight doubles, a triple, and seven RBI. He drew nine walks, scored five runs, and struck out 26 times. On April 14, his fourth-inning two-run double proved the difference maker in a 5-3 victory against the Washington Nationals.

Granted free agency following the season, Aguila only played in eight more major league games, going two-for-12 for the New York Mets in 2008. In addition, he also played in the minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Toronto Blue Jays before joining the New Orleans Zephyrs for three seasons starting in 2010. In 2012, he became New Orleans’ all-time home run leader, and will remain so (see video).

388. John Wehner

John Wehner began and ended his major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing nine seasons between 1991 and 2001. In 1997 and 1998, he took a detour to play for the Florida Marlins.

Although Wehner had played every position including pitcher in the minors, for his two seasons with the Marlins he was mainly an outfielder. A six-foot-three right-handed hitter and thrower, Wehner was a seventh round pick of the Bucs in 1988 out of Indiana University.

In six major league seasons with the Pirates prior to the Marlins leg of Wehner’s major league journey, he hit .259 in 261 contests, with two home runs, 32 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

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Wehner played in 44 contests for the eventual World Series Champion Marlins in 1997, going 10-for-36 from the plate with two doubles and two RBI. He drew two walks, scored eight runs, and struck out five times. The Marlins went 30-14 in games in which Wehner appeared.

It was a very different Marlins club that Wehner played 53 games for in 1998. He collected 20 hits in 88 at bats, including two doubles. He drove five in, scored 10 runs, and drew seven walks while striking out a dozen times. Granted free agency near the end of the season, Wehner played another three seasons with the Pirates, hitting .223 in 103 games.