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 22…of 286. Stay tuned.
Sharif Othman is a 5’11”, 190 lb. catcher from Riverside, CA. Born on March 23rd, 1989, He was initially drafted in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft by the Florida Marlins, with the 973rd overall pick out of California Baptist Univesity. In four seasons of NAIA ball, he slashed .318/.393/.512 in 215 contests, with 31 homers and 151 RBI.
Players chosen 973rd overall have just under a 2 percent success rate at reaching the major leagues. The only one who has made it so far is Nyjer Morgan (2002, Pittsburgh Pirates, 6.8 career WAR).
At this point of Othman’s development, the Marlins are counting on a backup emergency catcher. He’s currently fifth in the Miami system behind J.T. Realmuto, Bryan Holaday, Chad Wallach, and Austin Nola.
In 2015, Othman was named to the Southern League mid-season all-star team. Through the first half of that season, he had collected 12 multi-hit games and slashed out a .277/.320/.352 line while backstopping for the Jacksonville Suns.
Othman had left the Marlins system following the 2016 season, after the team released him. After a season in the New York Yankees system, during which he spent the lion’s share of his time with the single-A Tampa Yankees, the Miami Marlins reacquired him in the December rule five draft.
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Othman, a switch-hitter, throws right. Over the course of his career, he has appeared with seven different Miami Marlins affiliates, including the long-defunct Jamestown Jammers. In 402 career minor league games, he has slashed .202/.265/.302 with 25 homers and 124 RBI. He’s drawn 100 walks and struck out 324 times in 1440 plate appearances.
Defensively, Othman has thrown out 82-of-310 basestealers over his eight minor-league seasons. He owns a .989 fielding perentage over 3,103 total chances behind the plate, with 33 errors and 33 passed balls in 3,199 innings.
Othman has never been a “ranked” prospect, and his chances at a long major league career is limited. He’ll be 30-years-old at the start of the 2019 season, so is at this point an emergency option only. If the Miami Marlins choose to retain Othman, he will probably start the season with the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
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