Miami Marlins Prospect Watch: Spotlight on Yeremin Lara
There’s not a lot of media coverage regarding the Miami Marlins rookie system. The “rookie system,” as currently constructed, is comprised of two clubs, the Gulf Coast League Marlins, and the Dominican Summer League Marlins. Today we’ll touch on someone that you probably haven’t heard a lot about.
Yeremin Argenis Lara is a 6’1″, 160 lb. right-handed pitcher from Santo Domingo Centro in the Dominican Republic. Born on November 6th, 1998, he’s been with the Miami Marlins system since signing to a free agent deal on September 8th, 2015, when he was just 16-years-old.
Lara joined the DSL Marlins for the 2016 season, and went 0-5 over 11 relief appearances. He struck out 20 in 29 2/3 innings, with a 2.73 ERA, a 1.55 WHIP, and a .290 oppBA.
Lara was assigned to the GCL Marlins and later the Batavia Muckdogs in 2017, but only appeared twice for GCL and not at all for Batavia. After giving up four walks and five hits in 3 2/3 innings, he was sent back to DSL for another season. Back home, Lara allowed 11 hits in 16 1/3 innings, starting a pair of games and coming out of the bullpen nine times. He pitched to a 2.76 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, a dozen whiffs, and a .200 oppBA.
This season, Lara opened once again with the DSL Marlins. He’s dropped his WHIP down to 1.22 and has struck out 41 batters in 37 innings. The DSL management team has also seen fit to give him more rotation starts. He’s made five this year out of nine overall appearances, posting a 2-3 record and a 2.92 ERA. In yesterday’s DSL Marlins loss to the DSL Royals1, Lara struck out eight in five innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits and a walk.
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Lara is one of several intriguing pitching prospects out of the DSL this season. Luis Palacios (0.624 WHIP), Josan Mendez (0.974 WHIP), and Leudy Martinez (37 K’s in 32 2/3 innings) are also turning heads. IF Alvaro Montero (.305/.422/.362), OF Adonis Giron (.263/.352/.391) and IF/OF Dalvy Rosario (.287/.311/.427) are making an impression on the offensive side of the diamond.
Lara’s overall metrics have improved slightly in each season, and we should expect him to spend next season with the Muckdogs. If he continues after that to progress more-or-less normally, then we should expect a Spring Training invitation for him in 2022, with a real chance to make the 2023 Miami Marlins.
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