Miami Marlins Transactions: Chad Wallach, Javy Guerra Join Marlins

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 29: J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins hits a RBI single in the third inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on June 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 29: J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins hits a RBI single in the third inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on June 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

In the leadup to the Miami Marlins series with the Milwaukee Brewers, they made a few personnel moves up and down the system.

J.T. Realmuto

There isn’t much that I can say about J.T. Realmuto that you don’t already know. He just got selected to his first all-star game, the only Miami Marlins player on the team. He’s now hitting .317, which is good for fifth in the NL, as is his .551 SLG. He leads all catchers with 44 RBI, and ranks second with 12 round-trippers. There’s nothing wrong with Realmuto, he’s just taking a little paternity leave for he and wife Alexis to welcome their first child.

Drew Rucinski

Drew Rucinski has been a solid addition to the Miami Marlins bullpen this season. Despite ranking tied for 18th on the club with 17 1/3 innings pitched, he’s second on the team with four victories. In 13 appearances, he’s got a 4-1 record, a 3.12 ERA, a 0.865 WHIP, and 14 K’s.

Rucinski has been with the organization since signing a minor-league deal on November 30th last year, and had his contract purchased from the minors on June 3rd. He was placed on the DL today with a groin strain, and could return when the all-star break is over.

Javy Guerra

Javy Guerra has allowed an opposing batting average of .161 and a 0.72 WHIP for the New Orleans Baby Cakes this season. He’s 3-0 at the triple-A level, and has yet to allow a run in 16 2/3 innings. The 32-year-old got the call-up to fill Rucinski’s spot.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 14: Javy Guerra #40 of the Miami Marlins delivers pitch in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /

Guerra has appeared in the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Marlins, last season. He has a career 2.99 ERA, 141 whiffs in 175 2/3 innings, and a 1.40 WHIP.

Chad Wallach

In the absence of Realmuto, Chad Wallach was recalled to the Marlins to fill his spot. It is expected that Bryan Holaday will make all three starts against the Milwaukee Brewers this week, with Wallach as a pinch-hitter/late inning defensive replacement. Wallach was 4-for-31 in the early going for the Marlins in nine appearances. Since joining the Baby Cakes, he’s slashed .211/.311/.344 in 28 games.

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MIAMI, FL – APRIL 03: Umpire Ben May #97 calls Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 of the Boston Red Sox out at home plate after he was tagged by Chad Wallach #17 of the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning at Marlins Park on April 3, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Scott Squier

Scott Squier was assigned from the Baby Cakes to the Jupiter Hammerheads. He’s been with the organization since the Miami Marlins chose him in the 14th round of the 2014 draft.

Squier had only been with New Orleans for four days. In his only appearance, he struck out one in 2 1/3 innings, walking three and hitting a batter. Overall, he’s 26-18 with a 3.84 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and 317 K’s in 387 innings through Miami’s system.

Anfernee Seymour

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Anfernee Seymour was placed on the seven-day DL by Jupiter. The injury type was undisclosed.

Initially drafted by the Marlins in the seventh round in 2014, they traded him and Michael Mader to the Atlanta Braves for Hunter Cervenka in August, 2016. The Marlins signed him back after the Florida Fire Frogs released him on May 6th of this year. Since joining the Hammerheads, he’s slashed .278/.341/.391 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in 31 games.

Eli Villalobos

Eli Villalobos was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs from the Hammerheads. Miami’s 14th round selection last month, he’s going to be donning his third uniform since joining the Marlins system. He had one appearance each with the GCL Marlins and with Jupiter.

Milton Smith

Milton Smith was promoted from the GCL Marlins to Jupiter. Miami’s 22nd round choice last month, Smith appeared in 15 games for the GCL Marlins. He slashed .356/.420/.378 in the short look.

Karl Craigie

Karl Craigie was assigned to the GCL Marlins from the Muckdogs. Selected in the 34th round in 2017 by Miami, Craigie racked up eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings for Batavia. He also allowed six runs on nine hits and four walks.

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