Miami Marlins Make Next Round of Cuts
By Chris Logel
Mar 1, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA;Miami Marlins relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero (26) throws against the New York Mets in the spring training game at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
After sending Kyle Skipworth to the minor leagues yesterday, Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Marlins have made additional cuts today. There were a few notable names including Arquimedes Caminero, Chaz Roe, Carter Capps, and Ty Wigginton
Roe is a young pitcher that had little chance of making the team out of spring training, and his stats this spring did little to dispel that myth. In 8 innings he gave up 11 runs and posted a WHIP of 2.250. He threw hard but his pitches had little movement and it really cost him in the long run. Some additional minor league seasoning will be needed for him.
Heading into spring training, many viewed Capps as the potential seventh inning guy in front of A.J. Ramos and Steve Cishek. The hard throwing right-hander wasn’t terrible this spring but in 10 innings pitched only struck out 7.2 per 9 innings. For a player whose calling card will need to be strikeouts, that is not a good ratio. That being said, I believe that he would have made the team anyway if not for the excellent pitching of some others in the bullpen this spring. Either way, look for Capps to be in triple A New Orleans and a midseason call-up for the Fish, particularly if someone is injured.
This brings us to Caminero. If anyone has to be disappointed to get cut this morning, I believe it is him. He has pitched excellently this spring, posting a 2.00 ERA and striking out a batter an inning. I thought he had a decent chance to take that setup role in the seventh inning, but unfortunately for Caminero, the numbers weren’t in his favor. The numbers I am referring to are his service time. I believe that since Caminero still has an option, he was chosen to be sent down to the minor leagues. Miami would not risk someone claiming him off of waivers otherwise.
Caminero should find himself in triple A New Orleans and if he continues to pitch well, he could force the hand of the Marlins to replace anyone that may struggle during the regular season. Marlins fans have to be excited to have so many live arms as options for the coming season. Depth in pitching is one area that the Marlins should not struggle with this year.
Ty Wigginton’s release doesn’t come as a surprise since he had little chance of making the roster anyway. The Marlins are likely doing him a favor by releasing him right now, early enough that someone looking for a backup corner infielder could possibly pick him up prior to the season. That being said, the likelihood of Wigginton having a job in the major leagues this year does not look good as he posted a slash line of .147/.237/.176 this spring. I would never be as presumptuous to tell someone when they should retire, but father time is making a solid run at the 36-year-old veteran.
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