The Marlins made several moves today, in an attempt to salvage the starting rotation and shake up the bench roles. Highlighted by the long awaited arrival of Andrew Heaney, who is accompanied by Anthony DeSclafani, Justin Bour, and Jake Marisnick. To make room for this wave of prospects, Kevin Slowey and Randy Wolf were designated for assignments. Donovan Solano was optioned to AAA, and Christian Yelich and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were transferred to the 15 day DL.
This is great news for the team. Randy Wolf and Jacob Turner have both been horrible, Heaney and DeSclafani give the staff a major face-lift. It remains to be seen whether DeSclafani will bump Turner from the rotation, but I’m sure Mike Redmond is just as sick of seeing Turner get shelled every fifth day as we are.
Andrew Heaney has been regarded as the top left handed prospect in baseball, and he should be in the majors for good. He had dominated both AA and AAA on his way to the big leagues, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.47 ERA across both levels. As for Jake Marisnick and Justin Bour, they may see some more time in the minor leagues before seasons’ end. Bour provides a legitmate Left-handed power threat off the bench, and marisnick will probably play every day until Yelich returns.
The marlins are entering a crucial stretch against struggling teams, and they will need to win these next two series at home if they’re going to keep up with the Braves and Nationals. Getting the support of these young guys should definetly provide them a boost.