Category Archives: Marlins Jerseys 2020

Drew Steckenrider Jersey

Choose best cheap Drew Steckenrider Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Drew Steckenrider gear sale, buy Drew Steckenrider jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
From left to right: Michael Hill, president of baseball operations for the Miami Marlins, Don Mattingly, team manager, and Derek Jeter, chief executive officer, speak during a press conference at Marlins Park on Sept. 20. The Marlins would like to add at least one veteran bat this winter. MATIAS J. OCNER [email protected]

A quick six-pack of Marlins notes:

▪ The Marlins intend to sign at least one veteran bat but are disinclined to give him a longterm deal because they don’t want to block any of their top position prospects, according to a source.

Miami is exploring free agent outfielders and corner infielders, with a bunch of names under consideration.
TOP ARTICLES
The latest good news and bad news about the Dolphins’
search for a franchise QB

Among the realistic free agent outfield options: Avasail Garcia (.282, 20 homers, 72 RBI for Tampa Bay), Corey Dickerson (.304, 12, 59 for Pittsburgh and Philadelphia), Brett Gardner (.251, 28, 74 for the Yankees) and Adam Jones (.260, 16, 67 for Arizona). The Marlins and Jones spoke last offseason.
Subscribe and Save

Act now to get a full year of unlimited digital access – just $49.99!
VIEW OFFER

And The Athletic reported that Miami has inquired about Nationals free agent infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick, who hit .344 for the Nationals, with 17 homers and 62 RBI.

Like nearly every team, the Marlins are slow-playing free agency at the moment. They might wait to sign a bat until during or after next month’s winter meetings in San Diego, though they haven’t ruled out doing something sooner.

“We need to get better [and] adding offense will be the focal point,” Marlins president/baseball operations Michael Hill said Wednesday night.

▪ The Marlins are not aggressively pursuing Cubs free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos but like the player and could enter the bidding if he’s still available in a few weeks and willing to accept a shorter deal, according to a source.

Agent Scott Boras is believed to be looking for a sizable multiyear deal.

Castellanos, a native of Davie, hit..289 with 27 homers and 73 RBI for the Cubs and Detroit last season.

The Marlins aren’t pursuing free agents that would require draft pick compensation, such as Cardinals free agent and former Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

▪ At this point, the Marlins are leaning toward tendering arbitration-eligible Jose Urena but haven’t made a final decision.

Urena was 4-7 with a 4.70 ERA in 13 appearances as a starter before a back injury last season. He returned late in the season as a reliever but struggled, going 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 appearances.

Urena being tendered doesn’t guarantee he will be on the team; the Marlins tendered Dan Straily last winter but utimately released him before the season, with Miami required to pay only a small percentage of the salary.

Even with Urena’s erratic performance last season, he still has value as an established veteran starter.

The Marlins also must make a decision on whether to tender Adam Conley by the Dec. 2 non-tender deadline.

The Marlins moved on from Wei Yin Chen on Wednesday night, designating him for assignment even though Miami owes him $22 million next season.

▪ I asked Hill on Wednesday if there are position players – besides Brian Anderson, Jorge Alfaro and Miguel Rojas – who can be projected as very likely starters next season regardless of how they play in spring training.

Hill stopped short of calling anyone else a sure-fire starter but made clear that Garrett Cooper, Isan Diaz, Harold Ramirez, Jon Berti and Lewis Brinson “will have every opportunity to compete for at bats.”

The Marlins naturally would love for Diaz to be their longterm second baseman, but he needs to at least perform decently next spring.

▪ Pitching stuff: The Marlins want to sign at least two relievers to supplement the group of Drew Steckenrider (returning from elbow surgery), Ryne Stanek, Austin Brice, Jarlin García and José Quijada…. The Marlins’ decision to omit lefty Will Stewart from their 40-man roster seems like a reasonably safe gamble because he was erratic at Class A Jupiter, going 6-12 with a 5.43 ERA. It seems unlikely – though not out of the question – that a team would take him in the Rule 5 draft. The Marlins had several top prospects who needed to be moved to the 40-man roster, so someone invariably was going to get left out. Stewart “is still a very good major league prospect,” Hill said of the third piece acquired in the J.T. Realmuto trade (with Alfaro and top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez).

▪ Quick stuff: The Marlins shifted Triple A affiliates, from the New Orleans BabyCakes to the Wichita Wind Surge…The Marlins were encouraged by Nick Neidert’s work in the Arizona Fall League; he had a 1.25 ERA in five starts. “To make up for the time he lost due to injury [last season, when he was limited to 13 starts] was incredibly important,” Hill said…Victor Victor Mesa hit .271 in the Fall League and Jerar Encarnacion .269.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article237180073.html#storylink=cpy

Charles Johnson Jersey

Choose best cheap Charles Johnson Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Charles Johnson gear sale, buy Charles Johnson jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
SAN FRANCISCO — Greg Johnson was approved by the major league clubs as the new controlling owner of the San Francisco Giants.

Following the decision Thursday at the owners meetings in Arlington, Texas, Giants president and CEO Larry Baer will still represent the club at the meetings, along with Johnson and Rob Dean, who had been handling leadership duties since March.

Baer was suspended without pay from March 4 through July 1 after a video showed him in a physical altercation with his wife.

Johnson is the son of Charles Johnson, part of the group including late managing partner Peter Magowan that bought the Giants in 1993 and kept them from relocating to Florida. Greg Johnson will be chairman and Dean the vice chairman, and both will be managing members, the team said in a statement.

Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will report to Johnson and Dean.

Dean is the son-in-law of late Giants principal owners Harmon and Sue Burns. Dean had been serving as the interim control person with Major League Baseball and the team’s board of directors. The Giants planned the changes to their governance structure after Baer’s absence.

A video posted by TMZ showed Pam Baer seated in a chair when Larry Baer reached over her to grab for a cellphone in her right hand and she toppled sideways to the ground in the chair screaming, “Oh my god!” The couple later released a statement saying they were embarrassed by the situation and regretted having a heated argument in public.

Baer, long the face of the franchise, sat a few rows back rather than on the podium when San Francisco introduced new manager Gabe Kapler at Oracle Park last week.

Bruce Bochy retired after the season following a 25-year managerial career that included the past 13 seasons with the Giants after 12 years with the Padres. His teams won World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14.

Robert Dugger Jersey

Choose best cheap Robert Dugger Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Robert Dugger gear sale, buy Robert Dugger jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
The Wichita Wind Surge is the newest team to become part of the Pacific Coast League. The Marlins Triple-A affiliate unveiled its new mascot on Wednesday.

The Miami Marlins newest Triple-A affiliate finally has a mascot to call its own. The Wichita Wind Surge was finally born Wednesday night after a much-awaited unveiling by the team’s front office. The move by the Marlins to Wichita after making New Orleans home ends a 12-year drought of minor league baseball in the community.

“The Wind Surge will play in a brand new ballpark, which is being constructed on the same site where Lawrence-Dumont Stadium once stood. That venerable facility, built in 1934 and demolished in 2018, hosted a variety of professional baseball teams over a span of more than eight decades,” writes Benjamin Hill of MiLB.com.
More from Marlins News

Marlins pitcher Wei-Yin Chen designated for assignment
Marlins: Could Orlando join Miami and Tampa in MLB?
Marlins Free Agency: The case for pitcher Rick Porcello
Marlins Free Agency: Looking at SP Clay Buchholz
Marlins Free Agency: Miami hopes to land Nicholas Castellanos

“Those teams including the Aeros of the Triple-A American Association (1970-84) and, most recently, the Wranglers. That Texas League entity departed following the 2007 season; from 2008-18, Wichita was home to an independent league team called the Wing Nuts.”

Last season, the New Orleans Baby Cakes had a roster of future Marlins. Monte Harrison and Nick Neidert headlined a list of players looking to call Miami home. Robert Dugger, Elieser Hernandez, Isan Diaz, Lewis Brinson, and Austin Dean all spent significant time on the parent club’s 25-man roster and figure to be part of the 26 men who have a role with the team starting on Opening Day.
Top articles
1/5
READ MORE
Brewers add right-hander Jesus Castillo as non-roster
invitee

Per Hill, “Wind Surge assistant general manager Bob Moullette said Wichita is at a unique point in its history and that the new ballpark is a core aspect of a period of rapid growth and reinvention. The team name, in short, is an indication of the city “exponentially surging forward.”

Wichita will continue to play in the Pacific Coast League, and be part of the 16-team league for the 2020 season. The Wind Surge is part of a minor league system that was ranked fourth overall by MLB.com.

“The Marlins have improved their system more than any other organization has over the course of 2019. They added Sixto Sanchez in the J.T. Realmuto trade, took (JJ) Bleday with the fourth overall pick as the start of a high-upside Draft crop and made sneaky-good Deadline deals for Jesus Sanchez and (Jazz) Chisholm,” Jim Callis wrote.

“A number of players already on hand took positive steps forward in their development, including Diaz (who homered in his MLB debut on Monday), Harrison, right-hander Edward Cabrera and left-handers Braxton Garrett and Trevor Rogers.”

While in New Orleans last season, the BabyCakes finished 73-65 for the season, which was 10 games back in the American Southern Division.

“Moullette is one of several high-ranking Wichita front office members who moved with the team from its previous home of New Orleans,” Hill wrote. “When New Orleans rebranded prior to the 2017 season, it changed its name from Zephyrs to Baby Cakes. That irreverent moniker and corresponding logo set, designed by Brandiose, is a far cry from the Wind Surge’s more traditional and sober-minded aesthetic.”

Elieser Hernandez Jersey

Choose best cheap Elieser Hernandez Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Elieser Hernandez gear sale, buy Elieser Hernandez jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
Throughout the winter months of the offseason, the Pitcher List staff with be creating profiles for every fantasy-relevant player for 2020. Players will be broken up by team and role through starting pitchers, bullpen, lineup, and prospects. You can access every article as it comes out in our Player Profiles 2020 hub here.

Marlins At A Glance

We often consider the Marlins a team of opportunity. Miami doesn’t get the same spotlight as other teams around the majors, but they do have sneaky good starters who can provide value in the long term as well as occasional streams. Caleb Smith and Sandy Alcantara could find their grooves this year as the remaining three spots could be granted to a trio of upside plays in Pablo Lopez, Elieser Hernandez, and Jordan Yamamoto. There’s a chance Miami acquires a cheap veteran arm in free agency and Hernandez or Yamamoto falls to the wayside early, but keep an eye on them as the year progresses.

Don’t overlook this rotation as we enter the year, even if wins will surely be harder to acquire than with most other teams. There’s sizable growth that can come from any of these arms.

Caleb Smith – Locked Starter

Nickname: The Agency

2019 In Review

Smith began as a lottery ticket for mocks in October 2018 and ballooned to a 17th-20th round upside play by the end of March. At first, it seemed justified; Smith’s first eleven starts returned a staggering 3.10 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 34% strikeout rate, but it wasn’t meant to last. Smith hit the IL with hip inflammation on June 6th and wasn’t the same the rest of the year, featuring a declining fastball and a lack of feel in his changeup that returned a horrific 2.24 HR/9 and 5.46 ERA.

Fastball (54% usage)

I think I like Smith’s fastball…? It featured a 10%+ swinging-strike rate and limited batters to just a .210 average last season, though there is cause for concern. There was intent to elevate at times, but his command turned pitches that were high out of sequence into longballs frequently, returning 20 gopherballs across 1427 heaters. Ouch.

Meanwhile, the pitch’s velocity dropped a full tick in the second half, possibly a product of his hip injury. Smith will need to command his fastball in the zone better at its average velocity to avoid another homer-heavy season.

Slider (32% usage)

There’s a sense that if Smith were to take a distinguished leap, it would be with his slider. The pitch went from a 6.3 pVal to -1.1 in 2019 despite keeping nearly the same SwStr rate at 15% due to its volatile locations. This is a pitch that should mimic Patrick Corbin’s in sticking below the edge of the zone and nicking the low corners when needed. Instead, it floated up often, allowed 8 longballs and even carried a 40% flyball rate and low 34% groundball rate.

The potential is there to turn this 30% strikeout pitch into a 40%+ offering, though we may not see the light if Smith relies heavily on his slider as a strike-getter and not a deadly weapon to keep batters at bay.

Changeup (15% usage)

It’s a slowball that hints at a money pitch—37% O-Swing, 40% Zone rate, and 16% SwStr—but like his changeup and heater, his feel for the pitch goes in-and-out. Overall, it’s used earlier than you’d want for a whiff heavy offering, holding just an 18% strikeout rate and even returning a high 11% walk rate as he couldn’t execute it effectively when needed.

Like his other two offerings, though, there’s room for growth. The movement and deception are already there, it may be a pitch that turns into a legit force if Smith can sequence it with his heater often and deftly fall under the zone. And, you know, not lose it for an entire second half of a season would be a positive too.

2020 Outlook

Smith is currently lumped into the group of risky strikeout arms including Robbie Ray, Matt Boyd, Dinelson Lamet, and Chris Archer, and understandably so. There’s plenty of volatility here with his longball, lack of precise gameplan, and the sense even during his successful games that he’s not quite sticking to the gameplan.

It creates a haze that we can’t quite escape. At 28-years-old and 2019’s 153 IP season marking the first true sample size we’ve seen thus far, it’s hard to make out if Smith is destined to be a standard Three-True-Outcomes type of pitcher with homers, strikeouts, and walks (think Michael Pineda of old).

There’s room to grow and unlike the others mention, Smith has three pitches that can each take a step forward in 2020. Drafting him with that expectation is a bit risky, especially when he’s done a poor job of evading the injury bug thus far. The risk is worth taking, but not at a hefty price.

Realistic worst-case projection: 4.80 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 25% K rate in 80 IP

Realistic best-case projection: 3.30 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 30% K rate in 180 IP

Nick’s reluctant Caleb Smith 2020 projection:

4.20 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 27% K rate in 160 IP

Sandy Alcantara – Locked Starter

Nickname: The Squirrel

2019 In Review

For the second season in a row, Alcantara was the decider for many during the final week of fantasy leagues. His 3.88 ERA and 1.32 WHIP weren’t much of needle-pushers, but a 22% strikeout rate across his final eight starts suggested there could be something more in the tank down the road for the 24-year-old. Now with a full 197 IP season under his belt, Alcantara is sure to get attention in this winter as we imagine what could develop in 2020. Is he the 3.88 ERA man or the 5.28 SIERA lying below?

Fastball (57% usage)

Alcantara nearly split his heaters down the middle with four-seamers and sinkers and while both had their shares of success—.239 BAA and 2.8 pVal on four-seamer, .233 BAA and 11.8 pVal for his sinker—the heavy sinker was the clear weapon. Its 32% O-Swing is what you want to see indicating that Alcantara effectively jammed right-handers and got left-handers to chase off the outside edge. Paired with a near 50% zone rate at 95/96, it’s one of the rare sinkers that you can actually approve of. Seeing a 60% groundball rate linked with the pitch creates a path of success if paired with at least one whiff-inducing secondary offering.

His four-seamer…is a bit sporadic. Alcantara doesn’t nail its location often, constantly leaving it in the heart of the plate. He mostly avoided punishment with its 96 mph velocity, but expect a shift to more sinkers while saving heaters to elevate in deeper counts and possibly exclusively focus on elevating inside to both sides of the plate.

Slider (23% usage)

Considering his sinker sits just under a 50% zone rate, Alcantara needs a strong secondary offering as an alternative strike. His slider was featured as such with its 48% zone rate and there’s a chance it could be more. One of the hallmarks of Alcantara’s development has been the development of a true breaking ball (see the lackluster curveball below), though there’s still a bit missing at the moment. Its sub 15% SwStr rate leaves more to be desired, especially when his changeup—like Caleb Smith—isn’t in a position to become a strikeout offering. For those looking to Alcantara to take a firm step forward, it will have to come on the back of his slider’s development and I’m not quite sure he can get there.

Changeup (13% usage)

You may be picking up a common theme with Marlins pitchers—they all have a breaker and a changeup, but have questions when it comes to their consistency to put away batters. Alcantara’s changeup is by definition a money pitch—44% O-Swing, 41% Zone rate, 17% SwStr—but it returned just a 17% strikeout rate. Its low usage rate may be surprising at first, but becomes clearer when understanding its inconsistency. Alcantara simply had it or not, losing confidence through its four longballs in 400 pitches (generally, 1 per 100 thrown is the start of the questionable threshold) that pushed his slider above his slow ball in laborious at-bats.

Keep an eye on Alcantara’s changeup usage and its effectiveness in 2020—if he’s increasing his focus on the pitch, steering himself into RHB slow balls, it could be key for him taking a leap forward.

Curveball (7% usage)

Alcantara barely touched this curveball, using it primarily as a show-me offering and rarely deep in counts. It’s not inherently poor, but it’s not much of a utility to surprise batters. Expect this pitch to either stick around for 0-0 counts or to get pushed out entirely by his slider.

2020 Outlook

I’m not a huge fan of Alcantara. I’ve often labeled him as “raw” in that his sinker can be a formidable tool to carve lineups on a given day, but we have yet to see him have the feel for it over a lengthy period of time. Meanwhile, his breaker(s) and changeup are currently not the supporting cast needed to transform him into a bonafide starter, though there is a chance he makes a few tweaks to get more out of each offering. Look to his changeup early to see if he’s featuring it more often and executing well.

I have nothing against targeting Alcantara late in your drafts, as long as you’ve reached the point where you’re willing to drop him for other starters out of the gate. Don’t hold tight, it could be rocky through the full year.

Realistic worst case projection: 4.90 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 18% K rate in 120 IP

Realistic best-case projection: 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 25% K rate in 200 IP

Nick’s reluctant Sandy Alcantara 2020 projection:

4.40 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 21% K rate in 180 IP

Pablo Lopez – Likely Starter

Nickname: PabLo

2019 In Review

We had high hopes for PabLo after he came out of the gates with a full tick of extra velocity on his fastball and earning a 25% K rate, 1.08 WHIP, and 4.03 ERA through his first seven frames. Then a horrible 10 ER day launched the start of constant turmoil for Lopez, dancing between starts of 0 ER and 7 strikeouts and 6 ER with just a strikeout to salvage. He never quite looked like his exciting self by the end of the season, carrying with him an extended injury stint and a ghastly ERA above the 5.00 mark. There’s work to be done.

Fastball (59% usage)

I really bought into the excitement of PabLo’s increased velocity last March, showcasing not one, but two ticks above 2018’s numbers early in the spring. That 94/95 turned into 93/94 come the season, but 94 mph velocity with solid tail on a four-seamer can still work very well. When his command of the heater worked, he was able to pair it with his changeup with ease and life was bliss. However, it constantly evaded him. Lopez isn’t a pitcher nailing corners, game planning with heat in mind. And while his changeup is a strong offering, it doesn’t work without this fastball laying the groundwork.

Among this four-seamer, was a sinker that did a great job inducing swings out of the zone (37%+ O-Swing!) and I wonder if he’ll use the pitch more often in 2020, raising its usage from the current 18% mark. If it’s closer to 30% with four-seamers acting as more of a high offering late and jammed pitches early, it’ll help setup his other stuff better. For now, he can’t get away with the status quo.

Changeup (22% usage)

The slowball is Lopez’s best offering by far, even if it wasn’t quite always there for him this year. It’s a money pitch—46% O-Swing, 43% Zone rate, 17% SwStr rate—as he could throw it in any count and as a strike-getter or a chase pitch. Just going fastball/changeup could work for Lopez on the days that his curveball isn’t there, which may be often. Look for a higher tick in usage this season and hopefully a push toward the 20% SwStr mark if he’s locating fastballs well to set up the pitch properly.

And let’s say his curveball turns into a strong option he can throw for strikes without fear. You can expect this changeup jumping from a 25% strikeout rate toward 30% and beyond quickly. It’s certainly good enough.

Curveball (19% usage)

Lopez was in a constant tug-of-war with his curveball, feeling the pitch on a given night, then losing all faith as it hung in the zone constantly in the next. While it was ultimately far from detrimental—.210 BAA and just a .687 OPS allowed—he didn’t have a pitch that he could rely on for strikes. Its swing rate dropped six ticks, SwStr down from a strong 16% mark to just 11% last season, and batters elected to resist plenty more with its O-Swing dropping from 34.5% to 27% last season. It was just…not good.

The deuce used to be an asset for Lopez, another weapon to surprise batters on of his strong changeup, but he’ll have to work hard to improve it for 2020. It needs to be plenty better.

2020 Outlook

2019 was far from the ideal for PabLo, but he has a great opportunity ahead to refine his craft over a sizeable workload. Health permitting, his curveball could turn into a strong third option (please locate it low!), changeups could become a major weapon deep in counts, and it’s possible for a healthy four-seamer/sinker mix to set the foundation.

It wouldn’t be wise to bank on polish arriving sooner rather than later, but don’t rule it out. Watch the outings and see if success is carried by true development of his repertoire.

Realistic worst-case projection: 5.00+ ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 18% K rate in 80 IP

Realistic best-case projection: 3.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 25% K rate in 180 IP

Nick’s reluctant Pablo Lopez 2020 projection:

4.60 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 23% K rate in 160 IP

Elieser Hernandez – Likely Starter

Nickname: Mister E.

2019 In Review

With Urena on the IL, Gallen shipped to Arizona, and Straily/Chen firmly out of the rotation, Elieser got his chance in early summer to step into the Marlins rotation and took advantage. Despite a 4.05 ERA, Elieser carried an impressive 29% strikeout rate and 1.05 WHIP through his first five starts, on the back of his slider missing plenty of bats. We all didn’t know what to do with Elieser—was he this good? Can this carry across a larger sample?

After a stint in the bullpen, Hernandez returned to the rotation at the end of July and it wasn’t what we hoped. Ten starts of 4.88 ERA ball with a considerable drop in strikeouts and the magic wore off. Given a full season in the rotation, there’s still hope his slider and possible changeup development can transform him into a back-end option for strikeouts.

Fastball (56% usage)

It’s a four-seamer heavy attack for Elieser, but it’s not one to write home about. The pitch allowed a near .300 BAA last season, failing to record a significant amount of whiffs and was incredibly prone to the longball with 12 allowed in 777 thrown.

It’s easily the weakest part of Hernandez’s game, sitting 91 mph and needing to dance around the zone effectively in order to avoid damage. When it works, though, his secondary stuff is certainly good enough to take advantage.

Slider (33% usage)

In an effort to defuse batters salivating as his heater, Hernandez relies heavily on his slider in the zone (nearly 50% zone rate!) and is remarkably effective despite its constant call for swings. Its .152 BAA is all kinds of impressive and an 18% SwStr in the context of a pitch consistently landing in the zone is fantastic (Z-Contact of just 70% is great). There is a bit of wonder as to its sub 30% O-Swing, hinting at too many overthrown sliders that aren’t tempting enough to induce chases.

Perhaps raising its usage rate while reducing heaters can help with its development and continue its effectiveness. Growth in his changeup as well will only help Hernandez shift the pitch in more of a weapon in two-strike counts.

Changeup (11% usage)

Despite allowing just a .178 average on his changeup this year, there’s a lot to be done with the pitch. Its .125 BABIP is sure not to last with a paltry 6% SwStr rate, while mistakes were punished in the zone with four longballs on just 163 pitches.

It’s far from encouraging and while the pitch did have its moments, Hernandez needs a whole lot of polish with the pitch, as he needs another option to keep batters honest from cheating on heat.

2020 Outlook

Currently, Elieser’s success is heavily dependent on his fastball not getting crushed and allowing his slider to mop up those still around. There’s a lot to be desired in his changeup, but it’s possible for it to take a step forward as Hernandez gets more experience on the hill.

Don’t grab Elieser in drafts as he could be in for plenty of turmoil early, but there will certainly be opportunities to stream through the year that may turn into longer holds.

Realistic worst case projection: 5.00+ ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 20% K rate in 80 IP

Realistic best-case projection: 3.90 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 26% K rate in 170 IP

Nick’s reluctant Elieser Hernandez 2020 projection:

4.80 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 23% K rate in 140 IP

Jordan Yamamoto – Likely Starter

Nickname: Fair Jordan

2019 In Review

Like Hernandez, Yamamoto got his call in June and hit the ground running, allowing just 6 ER across his first six starts. The magic soon faded with his following five starts returning 23 ER and confusing owners heading into 2020. His “kitchen sink” approach can be seen as both a positive and a negative, adding more confusion to the mix. Having a variety of options can be helpful, but what if none of them are elite?

Fastball (50% usage)

Yamamoto’s fastball was his most successful pitch in 2019, a product of his solid command of the pitch and effectively mixing in his secondary options…plus a good amount of luck. Its .188 BABIP is sure to inflate in 2020, especially as it fails to return whiffs nor force poor swings outside the zone.

Sitting at 92 mph, Yamamoto will be relying on his ability to hit the edges and sequence effectively with cutters and sliders to keep batters off the hittable pitch. It’ll be a constant back-and-forth to get that feel (see his extreme success and failure from 2020), though there is a window for improvement if his secondary stuff maintains its growth.

Cutter (18% usage)

This cutter is just what Yamamoto needs. Typically with an fastball sitting in the low 90s, you need another pitch to confidently feature inside the zone, and this cutter does just that. At a 48% Zone rate and .231 BAA, he can turn to it constantly during at-bats, while also getting some poor swings as it hints the 40% O-Swing threshold.

When heaters just aren’t working, you can expect Yamamoto to turn to this pitch frequently as a backup plan. It’s not elite, but without it, Yamamoto has little chance on a given night.

Slider (15% usage)

I’m a bit surprised to see a small 15% usage rate for Yamamoto’s slider as it’s far-and-away his best offering. Across a small 206-pitch sample, the pitch allowed just five hits (.091 BAA!) while inducing an excellent 17% SwStr rate.

There’s still development to be had as it wasn’t quite the consistent strike-getter, nor tempting enough to push the 40% O-Swing we crave for secondary pitches to become putaway offerings, but the opportunity is there. It doesn’t have the upside of Hernandez’s sweeper, but there’s clear room to grow here.

Curveball (14% usage)

I’m not entirely sure why Yamamoto insists on using this breaking ball often. In just 190 thrown last year, the pitch allowed 13 hits—six for extra-bases—while missing bats rarely at just over 8% of the time. It’s often used as a surprise offering in two-strike counts, but the reward isn’t worth the risk as it gets clobbered often.

With his much better slider and cutter, look for this pitch to transition into an 0-0 offering and its 32% zone rate to rise at the expense of surprise strikeouts.

Changeup (3% usage)

Technically Yamamoto does have a slow ball as well, but it’s so rarely used and isn’t anything to consider moving forward. Over time, I wouldn’t be surprised if it disappears completely.

2020 Outlook

I’m really intrigued by Yamamoto’s cutter, but the heavy reliance on his fastball to squeeze out all of its value in each game is a tough ask. Even if he cuts his mediocre curveball, there may not be enough here to encourage a look in deeper 15-teamer formats, but you do worse with a late-round pick. He’s likely to get his chance at the very least, even if the Marlins do make a signing as spring could surprise us and boot PabLo or Elieser from the rotation.

Realistic worst case projection: 4.90 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 18% K rate in 120 IP

Realistic best-case projection: 3.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 24% K rate in 180 IP

Nick’s reluctant Jordan Yamamoto 2020 projection:

4.40 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 21% K rate in 140 IP

Robert Dugger – Fringe

Nickname: The Shovel

2020 Outlook

With the Marlins rotation hurting at the end of 2019, Dugger found himself starting a fair share of games for the Marlins and surprisingly produced across a four-start stretch for owners that were willing to but in against a trio of good matchups.

Dugger gets by with a pair of fastballs that bore inside to right-handers and fade from lefties and mixes in a slider that is good-but-not-great. His curveball is there as a surprise offering, but has a touch of potential if he removes its terrible and wasted variants.

Expect to see some Dugger this year as the first-option available out of the gate (save for a FA signing), but outside of a delectable streaming matchup, he’s not someone to consider.

Jose Urena – Fringe

Nickname: The New U In Blue

2020 Outlook

Rick Graham wrote an excellent piece today on the Marlins’ bullpen, highlighting Urena as the likely closer to enter the year. I’d imagine with the young options inside the Marlins’ system plus the possible add of a veteran arm, Urena stays put in the pen.

And honestly, that’s likely for the best. Urena was never expected to be more than a volume 4.30 ERA arm who could have moments when he’s spotting heaters off the inside corner to right-handers and mixing in sliders that could induce whiffs. There was never enough there to preach a redraft pick on him as a starter, but as the closer? That could work.

Sixto Sanchez – Fringe

Nickname: Bigfoot

2020 Outlook

This could be the year that we see Six-Toes Sanchez reach the majors with Triple-A likely in his sights to begin the season. Andy Patton took a look at Sanchez in his Marlins’ Prospects piece (it’s Marlins week!) and did a great job highlighting the potential heavy heater with two great secondary pitches. It’s what you’re looking for when considering a prospect in redraft leagues, but you’ll have to be patient. The Marlins are unlikely to promote Sanchez until they are confident the Super-Two has passed, which likely means late June/July as the earliest. Keep in mind, this could eat into the inning potentials of one of the young arms, though it’s often rare for a team to feature the same five starters through the entire first half in the first place

Josh Booty Jersey

Choose best cheap Josh Booty Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Josh Booty gear sale, buy Josh Booty jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
MIAMI — Twenty years ago, Josh Booty stepped onto the field at Pro Player Stadium fearing he’d trip over the first-base line as he was introduced in the Opening Day starting lineup for the defending World Series champion Florida Marlins.

“I was nervous about every little thing,” said Booty, a former Evangel standout. “I’m out here in this big moment. You get your name called and you’re running out to the starting lineup on opening day — they don’t do that every day, just Opening Day. That was a fun deal. Then they gave the ring for the World Series, so that was a big deal. So, opening day was a little more special.”

An injury to Bobby Bonilla paved the way for Booty, at the age of 22, to start at third base on March 31, 1998, against the Chicago Cubs.

The same two teams (the Marlins are now the Miami Marlins) open the 2018 season Thursday at Marlins Park, located on the former site of the Orange Bowl, about 14 miles south of where Booty made that Opening Day start and received his 1997 World Series ring.

“Man, I can’t even remember it, to be honest,” Booty said. “It seems like I’ve lived 10 lives since then. I just never really think about it.”

The immense talent and desire to win that made Booty a two-sport star also led to his downfall. He never was comfortable with the idea of picking either baseball or football, so he went with both.

The Marlins selected Booty fifth overall in 1994. He opted to forego the opportunity to play quarterback at LSU in search of the bigs.

But Booty couldn’t forget about chucking the pigskin. Ultimately, he deserted the diamond for a late start at LSU to team up with his brother, Abram.

“I dreamed about being the first person ever to play quarterback (in the NFL) and (big league) baseball at the same time,” Booty said. “That was my mentality — I have to go catch up on the football side. I was an idiot. You can’t do it. It’s impossible.”

Naturally, Deion Sanders, one of the few to successfully marry NFL and Major League Baseball careers, was Booty’s “favorite athlete of all-time.”

The Baton Rouge thing didn’t work out either.

“LSU wasn’t the best place for me,” he said.

Now, Booty lives in Newport Beach, California, but satisfies his competitive urge with action on the golf course, a healthy travel schedule — to some of the sweetest spots on the planet — and a couple of handfuls of business ventures.

“Nothing can replace (playing) sports,” Booty, a 3 handicap, said prior to a golf game in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

During a 20-minute phone conversation Tuesday, Booty was still unable to decide his No. 1 love. And that sparked his memory of those chaotic times 10 lifetimes ago.

While at Evangel, Booty threw for 11,700 yards and 126 touchdowns. He was named the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year and the National High School Player of the Year by several outlets.

As a senior, Booty, not Peyton Manning, was rated by many recruiting services as the nation’s best quarterback prospect.

A four-time All-State choice at shortstop, he batted .429, stole 25 bases, and clubbed 12 home runs in 70 at-bats as an Evangel senior. He also captured a silver medal as the starting shortstop for the U.S. Junior Olympic National Team.

“The ceiling for him is very high,” former major league general manager Jim Hendry said in 1994. “This guy has the tools to be a star some day, not just an everyday guy.”

Booty eventually signed for a then-record $1.6 million bonus.

“I didn’t really know what to do with the money,” Booty said. “I tithed 10 percent to First Assembly and Evangel, helped my parents with a down payment for a home, bought Abram a car and me a car, and a couple of cell phones.”
Josh Booty earned a World Series ring with the Florida Marlins in 1997.

Josh Booty earned a World Series ring with the Florida Marlins in 1997. (Photo: File/Gannett)

In five minor-league seasons, Booty smashed 62 home runs, but struck out 621 times in 1,745 at-bats. The Marlins promoted Booty to the big club in three consecutive seasons, including Florida’s championship season in 1997.

He caught a break in spring of 1998 when Bonilla came up lame.

“I’d never be embarrassed to put Josh Booty out there,” then-Marlins skipper Jim Leyland told the media in spring training. “He’ll strike out some but he’ll play the hell out of third base.”

Said Booty: “I just like the fact that he believed in me — he put me out there at such a young age.”

Booty went 0-for-4 with an RBI-groundout on Opening Day against the Cubs.

While Booty enjoyed the life that Miami and nearby Fort Lauderdale offered, he played just seven games that season. Booty totaled just 26 at-bats (seven hits, four RBIs) in three major-league stints.

His big shot was cut short when a slide from Milwaukee’s Jeromy Burnitz injured the thumb on his glove hand.

“(Gary) Sheffield threw a ball in, and Burnitz was going first to third. The throw was offline. I caught the ball, dove to the base and dislocated my thumb and was out for three months.”

The injury only heightened his desire to throw touchdowns.

“All the guys I came up with had big careers in the major leagues,” Booty said. “Kevin Millar was my roommate and best friend. (Mark) Kotsay, (Scott) Podsednik, (Edgar) Renteria — we all came up together. They knew I wasn’t super happy. It affected me.”

Brother Abram flourished with the Tigers, and that was enough to make the difference. Booty thought he’d play with his brother, and make strides toward his dream of making history.

“I wanted to play football so bad I couldn’t stand it,” he said. “It was a tough time.”

In 1999, at the age of 24, Booty turned in the teal for purple and gold. Today, he says that was a mistake.

“It wasn’t the best place to go,” Booty said. “The coaching situation with (Gerry) DiNardo — it was a bad staff. I wish I could have started when (Nick) Saban got there.”

Booty began his sophomore season — Saban’s first year with the Tigers — but was eventually usurped by Rohan Davey.

In 2001, the Seattle Seahawks took a shot on Booty with the 177th pick (sixth round). He also spent three years with Cleveland (2001-03), but never saw game action.

Those tools, that mindset, they proved to be a curse.

“If I had to go back, I’d find the best place to play college football, and then push for the NFL,” Booty said. “LSU wasn’t the best place.”

Among other things, Booty helps broker deals and raise money for start-up companies. He’s also been involved in businesses with every one of his brothers (John David, Jake), including a credit card processing company with Abram.

He’s dabbled in gaming — helped create Dolly Parton slot machines — and enjoyed watching his siblings’ success in their athletic endeavors.

“JD at USC was great — I enjoyed that as much as playing,” Josh said.

If Booty had another shot at investing his money?

“I’d invest in real estate in California,” Booty said. “It’s worth more than 10 times what it was in 1994.”

By coincidence, Booty reconnected with Moises Alou, a former Marlins teammate and member of the world championship team.

“I’m going to see him in Santo Domingo,” said Booty, who also recently spent time in Colombia with Jake.

“I love travel, seeing new things,” Josh said. “I play golf — love to gamble on the golf course. But nothing can replace sports — that’s why a lot of these guys get depressed because they don’t know what to do with themselves.

“Sports is such a high — whether it goes good or bad, it’s extreme stuff.”

Booty has so many irons in the fire these days, he still doesn’t have to choose a favorite. As history shows, that’s probably a good thing.

Miguel Rojas Jersey

Choose best cheap Miguel Rojas Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Miguel Rojas gear sale, buy Miguel Rojas jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
I’ve said in the past that Miguel Rojas is the heart and soul of the Miami Marlins.

Miguel Rojas has always been a solid defensive asset everywhere on the diamond, providing at least average defense at all four positions. The Marlins doubled down on him as their starting shortstop in 2019, and were rewarded with the second best WAR from amongst Miami’s position players – a mark of 2.4.

For those of you who don’t pore over every little nook and cranny of the Miami Marlins statistics day-in, day-out, year-by-year, or player-by-player, it may surprise you to know that Rojas stands alone not just in terms of longevity on the parent club, but also in terms of production. He’s topped the 2.0 WAR benchmark for three consecutive seasons now, and looks poised to take another step in his age-31 season.
Top articles
1/5
READ MORE
Brewers add right-hander Jesus Castillo as non-roster
invitee

The Marlins saw fit to reward Rojas with a two-season, $10.25 million deal near the end of the 2019 campaign. The contract includes an incentives-based option for a third season, as quoted by the Associated Press in USA Today:

Miami has a $5.5 million team option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout. The option would become guaranteed if he has 500 or more plate appearances in 2021 and it is determined he will be healthy for spring training in 2022.

Marlins

Rojas is a better-than-even bet to reach that benchmark with the club. In today’s age of hangnail injured list cowboys, Rojas has only visited the IL twice in his five seasons with the Marlins. He’s topped 500 plate appearances in each of his last two seasons, while discovering a modest power stroke in the balance. After a homer in each of his first four major league seasons, he’s clubbed 16 in the past two years.
More from Editorials/Analysis

Marlins Free Agency: Looking at bullpen relief
Marlins Free Agency 2020: Preparing for a busy offseason
Miami Marlins: A Call to Arms This Offseason
Marlins Free Agency 2020: Gio Gonzalez might be the right fit
Marlins Move Five to 40-Man Roster: Rule 5 Draft News

We know that Rojas will never hit 20 homers or steal 20 bases, but you can count on him to hold down the shortstop position defensively in perpetuity. Last season, he was worth 12 defensive runs above average in 1060 2/3 innings at the spot. You can also count on him to hover around .280 while striking out about 12 percent of the time. Never underestimate the power of contact.

Rojas has a career .263/.314/.348 line, but pushed that up to .284/.331/.379 last season. Baseball reference projects him to regress slightly next season, but I’m going to take the over on this gritty Venezuelan to play himself even further into our hearts. Jazz Chisholm waits in the wings, along with Bryson Brigman, Demetrius Sims, Jose Devers, Dalvy Rosario, Nasim Nunez, and Osiris Johnson, but we all know that Rojas can play anywhere. This is a guy who will always land on his feet, and Rojas is the obvious choice for team captain, if the Marlins are inclined to name someone.

Luis Castillo Jersey

Choose best cheap Luis Castillo Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Luis Castillo gear sale, buy Luis Castillo jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
Wait, what? The latest Reds rumors seem a bit odd. After all the talk of adding a big-name hitter, could the Cincinnati Reds really go after Zack Wheeler?

Fo what it’s worth, I’ll believe it when I see it, but the latest Reds rumors are sure to stir up a buzz throughout Reds Country. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that the Cincinnati Reds have interest in free agent pitcher Zack Wheeler. With all the focus so far this offseason on the lack of offense, it seems odd that Cincinnati would pursue another starting pitcher.

Ah, but maybe there’s a method to the Reds’ madness. We saw last season that the front office chose to zig when everyone was zagging. While other teams were concentrating on rebuilding through the draft the way the Houston Astros had done, Cincinnati threw caution to the wind, pulled off a lot of big trades and attempted to compete last season.

Now, it didn’t necessarily work out as planned, but that doesn’t mean it was a bad idea. After all, the Reds did finally emerge from the doldrums of the NL Central to play competitive baseball until mid-August. Cincinnati swung a big trade for Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood and Matt Kemp while ridding themselves of Homer Bailey. The Reds also landed a potential ace in Sonny Gray.

So, might Cincinnati zig when everyone is zagging this offseason as well? According to Rosenthal, that may very well be the case. Rosenthal, one of the best in business, said that one agent expects the Reds to sharply pivot from their failed pursuit of Yasmani Grandal and focus their attention on Zack Wheeler.

Rosenthal also says that, according to league sources, the Reds are one of many teams interested in Wheeler’s services. On the surface this seems crazy, right? I mean, the pitching is the team’s strength. Even if Tyler Mahle is the Reds fifth starter next season, I feel pretty good about the team’s starting rotation.

But, in case you haven’t noticed, the Reds front office has put a lot of emphasis on the pitching. Last offseason, Cincinnati brought in renowned pitching coach Derek Johnson, and the results speak for themselves. This offseason, Kyle Boddy of Driveline Baseball was brought in as the Minor League Director of pitching initiatives/pitching coordinator.

Could you imagine a starting rotation of Wheeler, Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer and Anthony DeSclafani? There might not be a better starting rotation in all of baseball. Not to mention, Bauer and DeSclafani are free agents after next season, so adding Wheeler could give Cincinnati insurance beyond just next season.
Next: Reds rumored to be interested in Chirinos

Don’t be so quick to dismiss these latest Reds rumors. Rosenthal is usually in the know, and I’m trusting his insight on this one. I’m not saying this is what I’d do if I were running the Reds, but again, it seems like Cincinnati is trying to zig while everyone else zags.

Alex Arias Jersey

Choose best cheap Alex Arias Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Alex Arias gear sale, buy Alex Arias jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
Nick Neidert may be the latest in a long line of highly ranked pitching prospects to start for the Marlins.

Currently regarded as the Miami Marlins number 11 overall prospect, according to the MLB Pipeline, Nick Neidert joined the organization from the Seattle Mariners in the Dee Gordon deal after the 2017 season. The Marlins also got Christopher Torres in the deal, and gave the Mariners some additional international slot money.

A native of Suwannee, Georgia, Neidert was born 23 years ago today and initially chosen in the second round of the 2015 Amateur Entry Draft by the Mariners, with the 60th overall choice. For contrasts sake, 36 percent of players chosen at that spot have made the majors, led by Fred Lynn (1970, New York Yankees, 50.2 WAR) and Steve Garvey (1966, Minnesota Twins, 38.1 WAR).
Top articles
1/5
READ MORE
Brewers add right-hander Jesus Castillo as non-roster
invitee

Neidert, who goes six-foot-one and 202 lbs., spent the 2018 season at the Double-A level for the Marlins, with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League. For his efforts, he was named the Marlins Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 12-7 with a 3.24 ERA. He collected 154 strikeouts in 152 2/3 innings while holding opponents to a 1.13 WHIP. He did this despite being younger than 97.2 percent of hitters he faced, according to a Fish Stripes article from last year.
Miami Marlins

This season, Neidert was supposed to join the Marlins at some point around September, but injury slowed him to just 13 starts, including four rehab starts in rookie ball and with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. In nine starts for the New Orleans Baby Cakes in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, he was 3-4 with a disappointing 5.05 ERA and 37 K’s in 41 innings, while his opposing WHIP soared to 1.63.

Despite this underwhelming showing, the Marlins were enticed by Neidert enough to award him a coveted slot in the Arizona Fall League, with the Salt River Rafters. They were rewarded by seeing Neidert post a 0.831 WHIP in 21 2/3 innings of work, along with 19 strikeouts, a 2-0 record, a minuscule 1.25 ERA, and only two walks.

Will Neidert have his chance to join the starting rotation right out of Spring Training? He should have every opportunity to make a good impression and win himself a job. Otherwise he’ll begin the year with the Wichita Wind Surge in Triple-A.
Other Marlins Birthdays

Dave Paulino (40) was a 5-7, 135 lb middle infielder from the Dominican Republic. In three seasons across four levels of the low minors between 1998 and 2000, he hit .212/.311/.228 with 37 stolen bases.

Alex Arias (52) spent five of his 11 major league seasons with the Florida Marlins, from 1993 through 1997. In his best season, 1996, he slashed .277/.335/.384 in 100 games. There’s more on Arias, here.

Rex Rundgren (39) was the Florida Marlins 11th round choice in 2001. In total, he spent seven years in the Marlins minors before appearing in the Dodgers’ and the Rockies’ systems. Although he never made the majors, he did hit .236 in 872 career games from short-season-A up to Triple-A.

Leudy Molina (25) is a Dominican corner infielder who played two seasons of Marlins rookie-ball then two seasons of Padres rookie-ball. He hit .301 for the DSL Padres in 2014, but never made the step to the domestic minors.
More from Prospects

Miami Marlins Prospect Watch: Evan Brabrand’s Professional Debut
Unprotected: Marlins Outfield Prospect Stone Garrett and Rule 5
Marlins Prospects Look to Take Next Step
Marlins Prospect Lewin Diaz is Ready to Step Up
Marlins Prospects: Will Banfield is Closer Than You Think

Jo Jo Reyes (35) is a lefty from West Covina, California. The last season of his 14-year professional baseball career would see him spend 38 games with the New Orleans Zephyrs, where he tossed 60 innings and went 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA. He also pitched two innings for the 2016 Marlins, allowing a pair of runs on three hits.

Jeff Locke (32) was a second round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2006, and came up through the Pirates system to make his major league debut in 2011. In 2017, he started seven games for the Marlins, going 0-5 with an 8.16 ERA.

Lake Worth native Shane Sawczak (24) was Miami’s 19th round pick in 2016. In parts of two minor league seasons, he was 4-3 with a 3.18 ERA and 57 whiffs in 61 innings between Greensboro and Batavia.

Isan Diaz Jersey

Choose best cheap Isan Diaz Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Isan Diaz gear sale, buy Isan Diaz jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.
It’s not common to see teams make trades with division rivals. When the New York Mets have made trades with the Miami Marlins, they tend to come away on top.

The New York Mets and Miami Marlins are not opposed to making trades together. In a ten-year span in the late 1990s and into the new millennia, the two teams made several transactions. For the Mets, they managed to swipe away four incredibly important players from South Florida.
Top articles
1/5
READ MORE
Brewers add right-hander Jesus Castillo as non-roster
invitee

The Marlins are an organization best known for trading away its players. After winning the 1997 and 2003 World Series, the franchise underwent rebuilds. The rebuild after 1997 was much more crippling to the franchise.

It was after this historic championship the Mets and Marlins began a tradition of moving veterans for minor leaguers. Just a few months after a championship in Miami, the Mets managed to pick up one of their starting pitchers in a February deal.
Welcome to New York, Mr. Leiter

Al Leiter spent two seasons with the Marlins before joining the Mets for seven. He was an All-Star in 1996 and more of a back-of-the-rotation arm in 1997. His poor postseason performance made it easy for the Marlins to swap him with a divisional opponent. Thank goodness they did. Leiter went on to have a brilliant career with the Mets.

In order to bring the Toms River native to Flushing, the Mets sent Rob Stratton, Jesus Sanchez, and A.J. Burnett to the Marlins. By far the most notable in this trade was Burnett whose time with the Marlins spanned seven seasons and even included a no-hitter.

Also headed to New York was Ralph Milliard. His time with the blue and orange squad included 10 games and only a single plate appearance. As far as this trade goes, it was Leiter for three prospects. Only one of them panned out.

Although Burnett had a good career with the Marlins, he missed most of 2003 when the team won the World Series. Based on what the Mets got from Leiter, there’s nothing to complain about in this first of several important trades with the Fish.

Leiter’s career with the Mets included 95 wins and a 3.42 ERA. He never once finished with a below .500 record and didn’t see his ERA rise higher than 4.23 in any season. For this period of baseball when home runs were flying out of ballparks aplenty, it’s an even more impressive achievement.

Jeff Conine Jersey

Choose best cheap Jeff Conine Miami Marlins jersey online, womens youth youth Jeff Conine gear sale, buy Jeff Conine jersey including ash/black/camo/gray/green/grey/Gold/pink/white/ colour.The more you buy, the more gifts you give, the best quality, and the fastest logistics.

With Wei-Yin Chen finally purged from the Marlins roster, Ely reflects on his complicated tenure with the team (4:35) and what it means for future free agent pursuits (9:40). Aram Leighton makes his return to Fish Bites (11:30), conducting an exclusive interview with Blue Jays outfield prospect Griffin Conine (that’s right, Jeff Conine’s son!). The 2019 Midwest League home run champion looks forward to his first full pro season, details his rollercoaster collegiate career and shares memories of growing up among major leaguers.

Enjoy Episode 49!

Born on July 11, 1997, Griffin Conine seems to be the youngest person with a direct connection to the Marlins’ first World Series championship team. He spent much of his early childhood around major league clubhouses—Griffin was 10 years old when Jeff finally completed his playing career.

Though drafted by the Fish in 2015 (31st-round pick out of Pine Crest High School), the younger Conine didn’t begin establishing himself as a legitimate pro prospect until the summer leading into his sophomore year at Duke University. He admits to developing bad habits at the plate as a draft-eligible junior in 2018, but a midseason power surge propelled him back up to the second round (No. 52 overall).

Conine still considers the selection and signing with the Blue Jays to be the highlight of his career thus far.

He’s been quick to translate his tools into production. After a 50-game suspension—tested positive for a banned substance—made him begin 2019 in extended spring training, Conine reported to the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts and mashed: .283/.371/.576, 22 HR, 64 RBI in 348 PA. That home run total led the entire Midwest League (thankfully, none came against the Marlins’ Clinton affiliate).

Conine is projected to spend most of his upcoming age-22 season with High-A Dunedin in the Florida State League. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the top outfielder in the Blue Jays farm system and 15th overall on their Blue Jays prospects list.

Aram’s February interview with Jeff Conine is also posted to the Fish Stripes podcast feed and embedded below:

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 subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods from.

NEW: Fish Bites episodes are also airing on SLAM Radio (SiriusXM channel 145) every Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Follow Fish Stripes (@fishstripes), Griffin (@Griffin_Co9), Aram (@AramLeighton8) and Ely (@RealEly) on Twitter. Full coverage here at FishStripes.com.