Good morning, Marlin Maniac readers and welcome to Morning Catch, the daily morning news and notes column from MarlinManiac.com about your Miami Marlins.
A couple of weeks ago, with had Chris O’Leary (more commonly known as @thepainguy on Twitter) on our Marlin Maniac Podcast, Fishcast. On that show, Chris told us that Miami Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez had worse mechanics after coming back than before he went down with his elbow injury last season.
Chris predicted that Fernandez would eventually have issues with his should. Lo and behold the news from yesterday, which really has Marlins fans down in the dump.
Here is the podcast we are talking about:
Hopefully the news on Jose Fernandez is good and he does not have damage in his shoulder. But the fact is he needs to be shut down for the season and rework on his mechanics, or we’ll never see Jose Fernandez develop into the best pitcher in baseball.
Fernandez flies to Miami, time to shut him down? – Charlie Clark, Marlin Maniac
Earlier this afternoon, reports came out that Jose Fernandez has flown back to Miami with right shoulder tightness.
These reports come following his 76 pitch start last night where Fernandez pitched five innings of two-run ball before exiting the game. Marlins fans grew concerned over a possible injury at first, but later articles showed that the Fish were “playing it safe.”
Now, those concerns re-emerge with Fernandez’s departure from the team. (Read More Here)
More Miami Marlins News Around the Web:
Marlins’ offseason plans take shape with pitching, manager; Dolphins, Canes, Heat buzz – Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
Though the Marlins want to keep their key players for 2016, this disaster of a season will spur at least some change in the months ahead.
Our ace beat writer Clark Spencer and I have both heard that the Marlins will make pitching their offseason priority and plan to add two starting pitchers, according to team sources. But as always, finances will provide challenges.
And there’s this: Though owner Jeffrey Loria is always capable of changing his mind, the Marlins are operating under the belief there will be a new manager next season, with Dan Jennings returning to the front office, according to team sources. (Read More Here)
Ellington sets himself apart in unconventional journey to Marlins – Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
Miami Marlins newcomer Brian Ellington tried out for Team USA several times as a high schooler in Gainesville, Florida. Though he made a few of the teams, he never got to represent his country in competition.
That changed a month ago when Ellington, along with 23 top prospects and former major leaguers, flew to Toronto on the Fourth of July for the Pan Am Games, the third-largest international multi-sport games. Seven countries, including the United States, were set to participate in baseball.
Marlins vice president of player development Marty Scott informed Ellington he would be going to play in Canada, much to his initial bafflement. He was in the middle of the Southern League season with Double-A Jacksonville.
Three Miami Marlins trade acquisitions make updated MLB.com top 30 organization prospects – Michael Jong, Fishstripes
The Miami Marlins organization made a number of trades in the past few weeks as part of this season’s trade deadline. The Fish were clear sellers and abandoned their plans of contention this year by sending off rental pieces in Mat Latos and Dan Haren as well as sending off relievers Steve Cishek and Sam Dyson away. In return, the team got a number of middling prospect players, mostly pitchers, who figured to add depth but not necessarily talented depth to the club’s barren minor league system.
MLB.com has made its update to the team’s top 30 organizational prospects, and three players acquired in these midseason deals made the top 30 for the team. The club’s top return according to MLB.com was former Texas Rangers catching prospect Tomas Telis, who ranks 11th on the updated list after starting the season unranked on Texas’s list. Telis is a 24 year-old catcher who has been working at the Triple-A level all throughout the season. In Round Rock for the Pacific Coast League, he had been hitting .291/.327/.404, which translates to a batting line seven percent worse than league average for the high-offense PCL. He was moved over to Triple-A New Orleans briefly before the getting the call up to the big league level with the Fish thanks to a minor hand injury to J.T. Realmuto. (Read More Here)
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