Drew Steckenrider likely to join Miami Marlins while David Phelps away

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The Miami Marlins are likely to call up one of their top rated prospects soon. It will be his first taste of Major League action.

The Miami Marlins are likely to call up one their highest rated prospects in the coming days. As a result of David Phelps being placed on the teams bereavement list, indications suggest they will be calling up Drew Steckenrider. News was first reported by the Sun-Sentinal.

Phelps won’t be with the team during the Oakland A’s series. The Fish are scheduled to play two games in fewer than 24 hours in Oakland. Phelps absence is the result of the passing of a family relative.

Steckenrider was expected to make his debut at some point during the 2017 season. Considered one of the more Major League ready of the teams prospects, Steckenrider has been impressive at AAA this season.

In his 16 appearances for the Baby Cakes this season, Steckenrider has overmatched his opponents. He touts a 1.25 ERA in 21.2 innings pitched. Allowing only nine hits for a total of three earned runs in that time, he’s fanned 26 batters in that time.

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At only 26 years old, Steckenrider could find himself staying in the Major Leagues if he is able to pitch well enough. If his contract is selected, it will be his first taste of Major League action.

Steckenrider certainly has the talent and stuff necessary to succeed. Sporting a high-90’s fastball and improved control, the big right appears ready to take the next step.

Where Steckenrider fits in long term

Steckenrider could pair with Kyle Barraclough for a potent 1-2 punch at the back end. If he is able to emerge as a force for the Marlins, it might spell the end of the line for A.J. Ramos with the Marlins.

The Marlins have a number of other bullpen arms in the minor leagues. Other call up possibilities include Hunter Cervenka, and Tayron Gurrero. Cervenka has Major League experience, and has floundered in previous opportunities. Gurrerro is likely still a few season away from being ready for action at the highest level.

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Steckenrider is currently pitching several innings at a time in AAA. It remains unclear what his role will be with the pro club to start this season. For now, he is getting an opportunity in Phelps’ absence. Time will tell if he is able to capitalize on it.