Reason # 2: Relief For Relievers
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro put out a piece today detailing five things he’s watching for down the stretch for the Marlins, and Kyle Barraclough made the list. Many of Miami’s young relievers have been used time and again this year, and all are hitting a point where the club will look to shut them down if the playoffs become unreachable.
In that event, Despaigne is an expendable but controllable pitcher that could be worth a look. Someone will have to the long man in 2017, and there’s no time like the present for an audition. Referring you again to the Adams piece, there’s some Fangraphs data suggesting his velocity is better in small doses, and he’s still a raw enough product to develop into a useful reliever.
But most importantly, he can spell the young arms that already have big roles locked up in the 2017 pen.
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