Miami Marlins Win One of Three Against Phillies: Post Series Grades

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 08: Miguel Rojas
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 08: Miguel Rojas /
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MIAMI, FL – MARCH 31: Odrisamer Despaigne
MIAMI, FL – MARCH 31: Odrisamer Despaigne /

Odrisamer Despaigne +.187

Odrisamer Despaigne is a 6′, 200 lb. right handed pitcher from La Habana, Cuba. Born on April 4th, 1987, the now-31-year-old pitcher is serving as Miami’s swing-reliever/emergency starter.

Despaigne was a reliever and a rotation starter with Industriales de La Habana for eight seasons, and racked up a 58-42 record with a 3.73 ERA against roughly triple-A level competition before defecting.

Despaigne signed with the San Diego Padres in 2014, and made 16 starts for the Padres. He struck out 65 in 96 1/3 innings, racking up a 4-7 record, a 3.36 ERA, and a 1.215 WHIP.

Another season in and out of San Diego’s rotation resulted in a 5-9 record and a 5.80 ERA in 18 starts and 16 relief appearances. His WHIP also ballooned to 1.385, and he totaled just 69 whiffs in 125 2/3 innings. The Padres traded him to the Baltimore Orioles for Jean Cosme in February 2016.

Despaigne pitched in 16 games for Baltimore, all in relief. In 27 1/3 innings, he had a 1.720 WHIP and a 5.60 ERA, with 17 whiffs in 27 1/3 innings. The Orioles tried to pass him through waivers late in that season, but the Marlins picked him up for minimal cost.

Through his first two seasons with the Marlins, Despaigne appeared 21 times in total, starting eight times and going 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA. He has struck out 31 in 61 1/3 innings with the Marlins.

In this series, Despaigne only appeared once, for two innings. They were perfect innings, which is only significant due to when they happened. That is, they were the highest leverage innings the Marlins played against the Phillies. He struck out two batters in the sixth and seventh innings of the third game, Miami’s 6-3 victory on Sunday.

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