Miami Marlins: Mike Redmond Is Fired, What Should Be The Next Move(s)?
Feb 18, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins Justin Nicolino (79) in spring training action at Roger Dean Stadium Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s start with going in-house, the Marlins should give their prospects a shot.
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Justin Nicolino, who the Marlins have high confidence in and valued more than former Marlins’ top prospect Andrew Heaney, is coming close to being “Major League” ready. Nicolino numbers are weird right now, depending if you’re an advance stat geek like most of us on Marlin Maniac or you just like the basic stats, for you basic stat people, Nicolino has an ERA of 1.55 which looks great but has a FIP of 3.63.
FIP measures what a player’s ERA would look like over a given period of time if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play and league average timing. A 3.63 FIP is considered to be about average. Nicolino also has a career high BB% at 6.6%.
The Marlins have huge confidence in him so it wouldn’t hurt to try him out and give him a start or two.
Another in-house option is Jose Urena, the Marlins called up Urena earlier in the year for a few games and he pitched well in a small Major League sample size. In AAA he has a 1.19 ERA which is pretty outstanding but that dang FIP! Urena has a below average FIP of 4.08. This should be a concern, but the Marlins aren’t a team that focuses on advanced stats.
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