Following a devastating losing streak, Ely Sussman thinks it’s time for the Marlins to strike a better balance between 2021 competitiveness and building for the future. He makes the case for calling up outfielder Jesús Sánchez this Tuesday and suggests corresponding moves (15:15), then he joins Jake Slebodnick and Nathan Hursh of Bucs Dugout to react to the Marlins-Pirates series (30:15).
Enjoy Episode 114!
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Matt Melton of Marlin Maniac is on the same page with me regarding this.
Through the first five weeks of the MiLB season, Jesús Sánchez has an extraordinary .374 BA and 1.114 OPS with Triple-A Jacksonville. He is tied for second in all of Minor League Baseball with 40 hits. Although that guarantees him nothing at the highest level, the Marlins should not hesitate to switch things up in right field where they’ve been getting replacement-level production in recent weeks.
Sánchez’s MLB service time clock has been paused since April 20 when the Marlins activated him from the injured list and optioned him to Triple-A. By my calculations, he’s currently at 52 total days of service. Delaying his call-up until Tuesday (or any day beyond that) ensures the club’s control over him extends through the 2027 season. That’s because he won’t be able to reach 171 days—his first full year of service—until next year.
Carrying both Lewis Brinson and Magneuris Sierra on the Marlins active roster is redundant. I would use this opportunity to designate Sierra for assignment (who is out of minor league options), but neither one should stand in the way of Sánchez being promoted.
My Marlins prospects of the week are left-handed pitcher Jake Eder (honorable mention Max Meyer) and shortstop Nasim Nuñez (honorable mention Troy Johnston).
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