Breaking: Miami Marlins Make First Cuts in Camp
By Ehsan Kassim
The Miami Marlins decided to make round 1 of their cuts on Friday morning. The team informed 11 players that they would not be on the teams opening day roster.
For some young players, the news was expected, as this was their first experience of big league camp. The team fully expects them to have another shot at the big leagues.
For other, more veteran players, this is the end of the line with the Marlins, and quite possibly their respective chances of making any major league team.
The Marlins released 34-year-old right-hander, Michael Wuertz, who has 426 Major League games of experience. His last appearance in the big leagues was with the Oakland Athletics in 2011. Even a scoreless inning in his long appearance could not secure Wuertz a spot on the team.
The Marlins also optioned lefty Scott Maine to Triple-A New Orleans. Right-hander Arquimendes Caminero, and third baseman Zack Cox were optioned to Double-A Jacksonville.
Caminero was well known in his time with the Marlins this spring for having probably the fastest fastball in the organization. His main issue was controlling his 98-mph fastball. Caminero can become a major part of the Marlins future in the back end of the bullpen if he can get his fastball under control.
Scott Maine will be minor league depth pitching in case of injuries or struggles by people already in the Marlins rotation. His chances of making an impact were already slim.
Feb 23, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Zack Cox (86) connects for an rbi base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Marlins defeated the Cardinals 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Zack Cox figures to be in the Marlins plans for third base in the future, but that will depend on if he can refind his hitting stroke that made the St. Louis Cardinals take him in the first round.
Additionally, Michael Brady (RHP), Adam Conley (LHP), Brian Flynn (LHP), Raudel Lazo (LHP), Danny Black (INF), Derek Dietrich (INF) and Kevin Mattison (OF) were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Derek Dietrich was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Yunel Escobar trade. Dietrich, who I will talk about later today, has a solid chance of seeing the majors this season. He is a left-handed bat with above average pop for second base. He has not been told if he will report to Double-A or Triple-A yet.