Miami Marlins Reassign Jose Fernandez and Jake Marinick to Minor League Camp
By Ehsan Kassim
The Miami Marlins made three additional moves on Wednesday afternoon. None of the moves should surprise anyone, but the team sent down two of their top three prospects, according to MLB.com.
Mar 9, 2013; Melbourne, FL, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez throws against the Washington Nationals during the bottom of the sixth inning of a spring training game at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The team assigned top overall prospect Jose Fernandez and Jake Marisnick to minor league camp.
Fernandez only made one appearance in Grapefruit league play and pitched well. He pitched two innings in that appearance for the Marlins, striking out two hitters and walking just one. Fernandez will begin the season in Double-A Jacksonville, but could be up by mid-season if he pitches well there. He is expected to pitch in the major leagues some time this season, barring injury or poor performance.
Jake Marisnick on the other hand played in a handful of Grapefruit league games for the Marlins. However a fractured arm ended his spring with the Marlins prematurely. Up until that point, Marisnick had been hitting well with a line of .455/.500/.727.
Marisnick is regarded as the cornerstone of the haul the Marlins got in their blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in November.
The Marlins also sent relief pitcher Chris Hatcher down to Triple-A New Orleans. Hatcher has had a rough spring, allowing 7 earned runs and 14 hits in just five innings of work. Hitters have hit .535 off the former catcher, leading to an ugly 12.60 ERA.
Hatcher can still make an impact on the Marlins roster later in the season, but he for the most part is nothing more than organizational depth. He does not have the stuff to get major league hitters out on a consistent basis.