Miami Marlins Prospect Watch: Spotlight on Josh Roeder

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Miami Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Miami Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) /

Josh Roeder came out of nowhere to make a positive impact on the Jupiter Hammerheads rotation.

Roeder is a 6′, 175 lb. right-handed pitcher from Plano, TX. After getting drafted in the 21st round of the 2015 draft by the New York Yankees, he spent parts of three seasons at the short-A New York-Penn League, with the Staten Island Yankees. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, the Yankees released him.

The Miami Marlins inked Roeder to a minor league deal on April 2nd, and assigned him to the Batavia Muckdogs. Roeder, now 25-years-old, is clearly too old to spend a fourth season in the NYPL. The Marlins sent him to Jupiter in the beginning of June. He’s appeared in 11 games for the Sharks, starting 10 and putting up a 5-2 record with a 2.67 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and a .235 oppBA.

In Roeder’s last three starts, he’s given up one earned run on nine hits and four walks, while striking out 11 in 19 2/3 innings. In yesterday’s 3-0 Jupiter win over the Palm Beach Cardinals, he notched a 75 GameScore after pitching seven scoreless, two-hit innings.

Roeder wasn’t expected to impact the Miami Marlins system, and he still may not. Never considered a “top” prospect, he’s nevertheless got a real shot to start next season with the double-A Shrimp, and may even join the Marlins for Spring Training.

Other Top Sunday Performers

Robert Dugger

Dugger lasted 6 1/3 innings for the Jumbo Shrimp yesterday in their 5-4 win over the Biloxi Shuckers, striking out nine while notching a Quality Start. He allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, earning a 54 GameScore. More on Dugger here.

Brian Schales

Schales, batting cleanup for the Shrimp, went four-for-four with a walk, a run, two doubles, and three RBI.

JB Shuck

For the second time this season with New Orleans, and fourth time this year overall, JB Shuck collected four hits in a game. He went four-for-four with a walk, a run, a double, a stolen base, and a pair of RBI.

Taylor Braley

Braley did his part in keeping the Kannapolis Intimidators hitless on Sunday. The Grasshoppers authored a seven-inning no-hit win, with a 2-1 final (hey, no one’s perfect). For his part, Braley earned his fifth win of the season, striking out four and walking two in five innings.

Peter O’Brien

O’Brien went three-for-five in the New Orleans Baby Cakes 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Albuquerque Isotopes. He scored twice, hit two singles and a double, and collected three RBI in the victory.

Isael Soto

Soto batted fourth for the Grasshoppers, and went two-for-three with an RBI-single and a solo home run, his seventh of the season.

Bryce Howe

Howe struck out five in 4 1/3 innings in the Batavia Muckdogs 6-5 win against the West Virginia Black Bears. He earned no decision, surrendering two unearned runs on five hits and no walks.

Dakota Bennett

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Bennett struck out six in a four inning start for the GCL Marlins, as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the GCL Astros. Bennett gave up one earned run on two hits and two walks.

Jerar Encarnacion

Encarnacion batted fourth for the Muckdogs and got to first base twice. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning and later drew first when he was hit by a pitch.

Michael Hernandez

Hernandez hit a two-run, second-inning homer that was all the Hammerheads would need to defeat the junior Cardinals. He was promoted from the Grasshoppers earlier in the day.

Alex Vesia

Vesia allowed an earned run for the first time in his pro career, but also finished with a win, his third as a pro. He struck out three and now has a 0.43 ERA between the GCL Marlins and the Muckdogs.

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