Miami Marlins Swept at “Home” by Mets: Grading the Marlins

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 19: Reliever Jarlin Garcia
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 19: Reliever Jarlin Garcia /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – SEPTEMBER 16: Drew Steckenrider /

Drew Steckenrider +.182

Drew Steckenrider is a 6’5″, 215 lb. right-handed pitcher from Atlanta, Georgia. Born on January 10th, 1991, he was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the eighth round in 2012.

Steckenrider, now 26-years-old, spent his first five professional seasons entirely in the minors, and just under half of his 2017 campaign. He struck out 259 in 238 1/3 career innings, with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.208 WHIP.

He also played 37 games for the Marlins in 2017, striking out 54 batters in just 34 2/3 innings. That resulted in a ridiculous 14.0 K/9 rate, which led the team.

This season, Steckenrider has made it through seven appearances without allowing a run. He’s struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, with a WHIP of 0.750. He’s only walked one batter.

After staying in the bullpen on Monday, Steckenrider pitched the seventh inning on Tuesday. He struck out Amed Rosario on four pitches (+.039), Michael Conforto on three pitches (+.028) and Yoenis Cespedes on four (+.020). All three strikeouts were of the swinging variety, and it didn’t escape notice that it was just two pitches too many for an “immaculate inning.”

Steckenrider took over for Jarlin Garcia on Wednesday after six no-hit innings, and immediately induced Wilmer Flores to line out to Miguel Rojas. (+.044). He then got Cespedes to fly out as well (+.031) before losing the no-hit bid on a Todd Frazier single (-.025). He struck out Jay Bruce to end it (+.045).