No. 28, Caleb Smith, LHP
This was one of the silent deals the Miami Marlins made this offseason, but it might be the one with the most immediate impact. Caleb Smith was acquired from the Yankees in an earlier trade this offseason.
The Yankees were still trying to sway Shohei Ohtani, and Miami picked him up for international signing money. A free player, for all intents and purposes.
Smith can pop the glove as high as 96 miles per hour with his fastball, and works in a plus changeup. His breaking ball needs further development before it can be considered an out pitch to major league hitters.
What’s most exciting is that Smith figures to compete for a spot out of spring training this year. He should vie for a spot in the rotation. If the Miami Marlins trade Dan Straily this offseason, he’ll have a very good chance of nabbing one of them.