While most MLB organizations made minor league cuts at the end of May, the Marlins earned goodwill across the industry by keeping their farm system intact and extending weekly stipends through the end of August. However, they did not take the extra step and guarantee employment for all players in 2020 (as the Royals and Twins have).
Sure enough, at least 30 Marlins minor leaguers were released following the MLB Draft, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
#Marlins today released 30-plus minor leaguers, a mixture of U.S. and Dominican players, sources tell The Athletic. Team did not release any minor leaguers in spring and plans on signing additional undrafted players.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 17, 2020
No way to sugarcoat this: it’s disappointing.
As specific names are identified, Fish Stripes will bring you all of their stories and offer support to them entering the next chapter of their careers.
June 23, 3:51 p.m. ET
Right-hander Dustin Beggs, infielder J.C. Millan and left-hander McKenzie Mills were among the players released by the Marlins last week. They quickly signed contracts with teams in the American Association (an independent league)—Beggs signed with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, Millan with the Winnipeg Goldeyes and Mills with the St. Paul Saints.
The 27-year-old Beggs was drafted and developed by the Fish out of the University of Kentucky. He spent most of the 2019 season in the Triple-A New Orleans starting rotation, then continued to build up his endurance over the winter with a stint in Australian Baseball League.
Marlins RHP Dustin Beggs earns the win in his Australian Baseball League debut— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) November 22, 2019
6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR (85 pitches) pic.twitter.com/LvAEsMwjwP
Millan, now 24 years old, has demonstrated impressive defensive versatility. Like Beggs, he has spent the entirety of his affiliated ball career in the Marlins system. In his first four seasons as a pro (2016-2019), Millan posted a .246/.304/.349 slash line with 10 home runs in 200 games.
Mills was a prospect for the Nationals and Phillies before arriving in Miami as part of 2018’s Justin Bour trade. The large left-hander struggled in parts of two seasons with Double-A Jacksonville (5.81 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 82 K in 100.2 IP). Mills turns 25 years old in November.
June 23, 4:24 p.m. ET
Chris Hillburn-Trenkle of Baseball America has reported the full list of cuts. A total of 31 players.
In addition to Beggs, Millan and Mills:
- RHP Vincenzo Aiello (2020 would’ve been his age 25 season)
- RHP Elkin Alcala (age 22)
- RHP Nathan Alexander (age 24)
- RHP Taylor Braley (age 24)
- RHP Peyton Culbertson (age 23)
Among the released Marlins: RHP Peyton Culbertson— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) June 23, 2020
Just drafted in 2018 (under the CURRENT front office). Signed for $130k bonus. Only 23 years old pic.twitter.com/y1mlK1ALZY
- RHP Kale Leach (age 23)
- RHP Kolton Mahoney (age 28)
- RHP Edgar Martínez (age 22)
- RHP Leudy Martínez (age 20)
- RHP Alex Mateo (age 26)
- RHP Codie Paiva (age 23)
- RHP R.J. Peace (age 23)
- RHP Guillermo Ramírez (age 20)
- RHP Josh Roeder (age 27)
1st Double-A Start for #GSM stud/Miami @Marlins RHP Prospect @jroeder13 going 5️⃣ Innings surrendering just 1 Run/0 Walks while K’ing 7️⃣! #Family #WorkEthic #Purpose #MLB #MiLB #MiamiMarlins pic.twitter.com/umgXmPXma5— Gaeta Sports Mgt (@GaetaSportsMgt) May 4, 2019
- RHP Frank Valera (age 20)
- RHP Jeremias Vasquez (age 23)
- LHP Andrew Miller (age 23)
- LHP Manuel Rodriguez (age 23)
- LHP Jonaiker Villalobos (age 20)
- C Pablo García
- C B.J. López (age 25)
- 2B Justin Twine (age 24)
- SS Freilin Cabrera
- SS Samuel Castro (age 22)
Marlins prospect Samuel Castro gets his 1st hit in the Dominican Winter League on broken-bat infield single! Comes against Alfredo Simón, who's 16 1/2 years older than him. pic.twitter.com/x9Znl8RaLv— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) October 21, 2018
- SS Alvaro Montero (age 20)
- OF Albert Guaimaro (age 21)
- OF Omar Lebron (age 21)
- OF Daniel Paulino (age 21)