With Major League rosters expanding in less than two weeks, the Miami Marlins once again have some decisions to make. Which players are called up to the big show?
If the recent activity of the Miami Marlins is any indication of how the team will decide which players are called up to the Majors on Sept. 1, the roster could resemble what the future holds as early as next season.
Manager Don Mattingly and the front office could certainly preview what 2019 looks like before it even begins. Several moves have been made in recent weeks, with player movement up and down the minor league system.
This has me thinking this organization is already looking ahead to next year, with the 2018 season all but a fading memory.
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Focusing on the 40-man roster is now Miami’s top priority.
It started with the Justin Bour to Philadelphia trade and could end with players on both the Double-A and Triple-A levels auditioning for a job interview in Spring Training.
Now that Austin Dean got the call he richly deserved last week, who are the next players to make plans for South Florida in September? Here are a few thoughts on what might happen over the next few weeks.
"“The front office is in the process of discussing which players and how many will be called up in September — and keep in mind that outfielder Lewis Brinson (right hip) and first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper (right wrist) are currently on rehab assignments. Both will be brought back at some point, likely around Sept. 1,” Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes."
Brinson and Cooper aside, there is plenty of young talent on the mound and around the diamond that could be wearing a Major League jersey for the last few weeks of the season. There are others who play into the way the Marlins may want to use their lineup effectively, if for nothing else but to gain momentum for next season.
The coaching staff will spend the next four weeks evaluating more talent.
Somewhere, I think we discussed this at the beginning of the season.
"“Adding a third catcher is pretty standard, and Chad Wallach, who is at Triple-A New Orleans, is on the 40-man roster,” Frisaro added."
There is New Orleans right-hander Jeff Brigham, who is 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA. He is not a 40-man roster guy, so he cannot be added until his minor league season is over. Baby Cakes pitcher Zac Gallen may also be a candidate.
There is no word if the team’s top prospect, Monte Harrison, will be added from Double-A Jacksonville. The outfielder would join a crowded group of prospects all looking to make an impact.