Miami Marlins Prospect Watch: Spotlight on Josh Roberson

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 02: A general view of the Marlin's Ballpark during a preseason game against the New York Yankees at Marlins Park on April 2, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 02: A general view of the Marlin's Ballpark during a preseason game against the New York Yankees at Marlins Park on April 2, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Josh Roberson didn’t appear for the Miami Marlins after getting drafted in the 12th round last season, but so far, he looks like he was worth the wait.

Josh Roberson was 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in his three collegiate seasons, with 79 strikeouts in 82 2/3 innings.

Roberson is a 6’3″, 175 lb. right-handed pitcher from Winston-Salem, NC. Born on May 12th, 1996, he was chosen with the 359th overall selection of the 2017 draft by the Miami Marlins, out of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

In 10 appearances this season, eight of them starts, Roberson has gone 4-3 with a 1.21 ERA. He’s given up 23 hits in 37 1/3 innings and walked 10 while striking out 29. Opponents have succeeded against him to the tune of a .173 batting average and a 0.88 WHIP.

Yesterday morning, Roberson got the start against the GCL Nationals, and earned his third straight victory. He struck out four in five innings, allowing no runs on one hit and zero walks. In fact, over his last seven appearances, he’s given up three earned runs in 31 innings for a 0.87 ERA.

As noted, Roberson got a late start to his professional career, but has made up for it since. He’s late for a promotion as well, and should already be playing with either the Batavia Muckdogs or the Greensboro Grasshoppers. If we can assume normal progression for Roberson, he should be spending 2022 with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp with a shot at breaking camp with the Miami Marlins in 2023.

Other Top Performances from Friday

Dustin Beggs (JAX)

Days after getting promoted to the Jumbo Shrimp, Beggs earned a win in his first double-A appearance. He gave up one unearned run on one hit and two walks in six innings, striking out three in a Quality Start. Beggs earned a 70 GameScore and placed 47-of-81 pitches in the zone. He also induced 11 groundouts versus only one ball in the air.

Tyler Cloyd (NO)

Cloyd did not earn a Quality Start for his 3-2 win yesterday against the Nashville Sounds. Just one out short, he allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts. He allowed seven hits and a walk, getting 66-of-100 pitches over the plate for a 57 GameScore. Cloyd’s record is now 5-4 with a 5.75 ERA.

Sean Reynolds (BAT)

In Batavia’s game one win over the Auburn Doubledays, Reynolds hit a two-run homer to give the Muckdogs the lead and eventually clinch the victory in a 4-1 win. In game two, Reynolds had a walk and hit a double, but the Muckdogs lost, 4-3. Reynolds leads the New York-Penn League with 12 homers and with 36 RBI this season, but also leads the league with 102 strikeouts. Reynolds is slashing .195/.324/.429 for the season.

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Taylor Braley (GSO)

Taylor Braley was saddled with the loss in Greensboro’s 7-5 setback at the hands of the Greenville Drive. He kept the Drive to two earned runs in seven innings, allowing nine hits, striking out four, and walking zero. Braley got 59-of-85 pitches in the strikezone, and now has whiffed 71 in 86 2/3 innings this season for Greensboro.

Walner Espinal (GCL)

Espinal batted eighth for the GCL Marlins in their 2-0 win against the GCL Nationals, and went two-for-four with a two-run jack and a double.

Monte Harrison (JAX)

Harrison batted second for the Jumbo Shrimp yesterday, in Jacksonville’s 6-1 victory against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He went two-for-five with a double and a solo home run, his organizational-leading 18th of the season. Harrison is slashing  .239/.314/.404 in 119 games this season with the Shrimp, with a staggering 187 strikeouts. That’s the most in the Southern League by a lot. The Biloxi’s Corey Ray is second, with 155.

John Silviano (JAX)

Silvano, who recently rejoined the Shrimp after a stint with the GCL Marlins for a rehab assignment, batted seventh on Friday. He went two-for-four with a two-run homer. That was his third in seven games since getting promoted to the double-A level, and his 16th this season between GCL, Jacksonville, and the Jupiter Hammerheads. He’s slashing .271/.356/.500 in 77 games in total.

Alvaro Montero (DSL)

Leading off for the DSL Marlins, Montero was three-for-four with a walk, a run, and an RBI. He is now slashing .328/.447/.381 in 57 contests for the Marlins. The .328 average ranks eighth in the 40-team DSL, and Montero was chosen as a mid-season all-star in the developmental league.

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