Say this for the Miami Marlins organization; one thing they are not is boring. The Marlins made a flurry of unexpected roster moves the day before the season opener that had they occurred a day later would have been dismissed as an April Fool’s Day prank. The moves resulted in a revamping of 40% of the starting rotation due to previously undisclosed injuries to starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez.
The biggest news is that one of their replacements is none other than top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez who has been inserted into the starting rotation. The twenty year old right hander has not pitched an inning above single A, but was chosen to be recalled to the big league club instead of more experienced alternatives including Jacob Turner.
This necessitated adjustments to the 40-man roster, which included designating top third base prospect Zack Cox for assignment and moving Logan Morrison to the 60-day DL which means he is lost for the first two months of the season.
Joe Frisaro has the full story on all of the transactions in his piece, including reactions from Fernandez and Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest.
Michael Jong shares his thoughts on why promoting Fernandez now is the wrong move for the player and the team. The reasons range from the player’s readiness to face major league competition to the financial considerations for the Marlins.
Jong also shares thoughts on the other side of the argument noting why promoting Fernandez could be the correct move. He argues that the prospect can best develop while on the major league roster and that the move will serve to excite fans.
Juan Rodriguez compiled an impressive list of pitchers who totaled 100 or more innings as 20-year-olds in the major leagues since 1970. The list includes many outstanding hurlers including a couple of eventual Hall of Famers and several Cy Young award winners.
Joe Frisaro delves a little further into what the placing of Logan Morrison on the 60-day DL means and some of the reasons for the move.
Joe Capozzi explores the many challenges that face the Marlins coming into this season. These range from the expected low attendance to the uncertainties in the starting rotation to the plight of Giancarlo Stanton as the lone threat in the lineup.
Linda Robertson details why Mike Redmond is the perfect fit to manage the team in what will be a crazy season. Redmond brings firsthand knowledge of what it is like to be on a team and to be a player coming into a season with low expectations.
Joe Frisaro posted the lineups for today’s opener on Twitter.