Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part seven…of 284. Stay tuned.
Jandel Martin Paulino is a 6’1″, 175 lb. left fielder from Nizao, DR. Born on November 3rd, 2000, Paulino signed with the Miami Marlins through free agency on July 3rd, 2017.
Very few players from each season’s Dominican Summer League squad ever eventually get a taste of the major leagues, somewhere between two-to-five percent. The expectation for these players is somewhere on the order of low-risk, high-reward. Paulino’s chances at major league success are slim.
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Defensively, Paulino played 48 games for the DSL Marlins in left field in 2018, and three games in right. He handled 67 chances in total, posting a .985 fielding percentage with one error and one assist. Over his 51 total games, he collected multiple hits in eight of them, including a three hit game on June 13th. He had three singles in a 15-5 win over the DSL Athletics. That performance capped a stretch where Paulino went 10-for-27 over seven games, with three stolen bases.
Overall, Paulino slashed .205/.332/.253 for the DSL Marlins, with five doubles and a home run. He collected 17 RBI, walked a team-third tying 22 times, and struck out in 46 at bats. Stealing bases, he was successful just six-of-13 times. Paulino’s solid OBP was a result of his patience at the plate. Despite a 22.8 percent strikeout rate, his 9.9 percent walk rate showed a pitch selectivity beyond his years.
Best Case Scenario
As I said, Paulino is just about to turn 18-years-old, and his walk rate rates another look. Best case, he ends the 2019 season with the GCL Marlins, graduates to the Batavia Muckdogs in 2020, then works his way up to make a major league debut with the Miami Marlins in 2024.
Worst Case Scenario
The worst case, of course, is that Paulino is not invited back for another look.
What’s Really Going to Happen?
Paulino will get another shot in 2019 with the DSL Marlins. They’ll start him in left field again, and probably take a longer look at him in right field as well.
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