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 16…of 286. Stay tuned.
Yeremin Argenis Lara is a 6’1″, 160 lb. right-handed pitcher from Santo Domingo Centro, DR. Born on this date in 1998, he signed with the Miami Marlins through free agency on September 8th, 2015 for $100,000.
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. Lara’s chances at major league success are slim. However, he’s already taken his first step, spending part of the 2017 season with the GCL Marlins, in the domestic rookie league.
On the mound, Lara made his professional debut on June 30th, 2016 for the DSL Marlins, pitching a perfect inning of relief in a 5-4 loss to the DSL Red Sox1. Over the next six weeks, he appeared in a total of 11 games for the rookie club, going 0-5 with 20 K’s in 29 2/3 innings. He racked up a 1.551 WHIP and a 2.73 ERA.
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In 2017, Lara was reassigned to the GCL Marlins. He pitched in two games, alllowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits and four walks, while striking out one and throwing two wild pitches. On July 5th, he was sent back to the DSL Marlins. In 11 games, including two starts for DSL, he was 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 12 K’s in 16 1/3 innings. On the plus side, he held opposing batters to a .225 average. In his most impressive appearance of the season, on July 12th, he struck out three in three scoreless innings, in a 4-3 loss to the DSL Athletics.
2018 would see Lara return to the DSL Marlins, and go 2-3 over 14 appearances. He started nine games, and struck out 58 in 57 2/3 innings. He maintained a solid 1.040 WHIP and a 2.50 ERA. Opponents slashed an anemic .202/.280/.254 against him. Over his first three starts of the season, he allowed four hits and struck out 19 in 12 innings, going 2-0. In his final outing of the campaign, on August 25th, he struck out four and allowed zero runs on one hit in a 1-0 win against the DSL Braves. His solid performance and evidently improving upside would see him named to the DSL mid-season all-star team.
Lara has spent enough time in the DSL, and has proven himself worthy of a look at the higher levels of the Miami Marlins system. They should start him with the Batavia Muckdogs in 2019, but they may relegate him to the GCL for a few starts. Long range projections, provided continued progress thorugh the system, would see Lara in Miami with the parent club in 2024.
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