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Offseason Fish—2/4/21

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Let’s check in on how Marlins players are impacting the 2021 Caribbean Series.

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Fish Stripes consistently provides Marlins winter ball updates during the MLB offseason. At FishStripes.com/offseason, you can find weekly news, stats, highlights and (small sample size) analysis. This will be the second-to-last Offseason Fish article of the 2020-21 offseason.


Serie del Caribe

  • Harold Ramirez (Caimanes de Barranquilla/Colombia)—.176/.176/.294, 3 K in 17 PA
  • Anthony Maldonado (Criollos de Caguas/Puerto Rico)—0.00 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 2 K in 1.2 IP
  • Alberto Guerrero (Federales de Chiriquí/Panamá)—0.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 0 K in 1.2 IP

Ramirez is closing in on 200 plate appearances since the start of the winter, which is about as many as he would’ve had for the 2020 Marlins had he stayed completely healthy and COVID-free. Performance aside, all those reps are a minor victory for him.

Caimanes de Barranquilla usually started Ramirez in the corner outfield spots during LPB (regular season) competition, but he has taken on extra defensive responsibility in the Caribbean Series. He’s been in center(!) for all four games (three starts at the position). Unfortunately, the 26-year-old is still a liability out there:

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Also, I spotted Harold with a new fashion accessory.

Celebrating his 23rd birthday on Saturday, Maldonado is lighting up the radar gun under these bright lights. His fastball has been sitting at 94-95 miles per hour, accounting for the majority of his pitch usage, with some sliders and changeups mixed in.

Maldonado was a starting pitcher when the Marlins made him their 11th-round pick of the 2019 MLB Draft. Since turning pro, he’s been working exclusively out of the bullpen. From what I can tell, appearing on Monday and Tuesday marked the first time in his career that he has pitched on back-to-back nights.

One of Guerrero’s heaters on Wednesday registered at 96, though his velo generally sat at 90-91 mph.

Entering Thursday, Colombia is 0-4 at Series del Caribe (already eliminated from championship contention). Puerto Rico is 3-1. Panamá is 2-2.

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