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 25…of 286. Stay tuned.
Jose Gregorio Quijada is a 6′, 175 left-handed pitcher from Caripito, VZ. Turning 23 today, Quijada was born on this date in 1995. He signed with the Miami Marlins through free agency on September 9th, 2013.
In 2014, Quijada went 5-5 with a 2.91 ERA over 16 appearances, including eight starts for the rookie-level Dominican Summer League’s DSL Marlins. He struck out 66 in 74 1/3 innings, with a 1.238 WHIP to his credit. A left pectoralis strain limited Quijada to eight games for the Gulf Coast League Marlins in 2015, and held batters to one hit and one walk over eight innings while striking out seven.
Quijada began the 2016 season with the South Atlantic League’s single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers, and played in 19 games in relief. He struck out 44 in 34 innings, and held opposing batters to a 1.32 ERA, a 0.706 WHIP, and a slashline of .172/.225/.259 over 190 plate appearances. After a promotion to the high-A Florida State League’s Jupiter Hammerheads, he struck out 25 in 16 1/3 innings, going 2-2 with a 4.41 ERA. On August 9th, Quijada struck out five in 2 2/3 perfect innings in a 5-0 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
In 2017, Quijada split his season between the Hammerheads and the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League. In 39 games out of the bullpen, he struck out 59 in 55 2/3 innings. He had a 1.29 WHIP, going 5-1 with a 3.23 ERA. On May 19th, Quijada earned his first save of the season by striking out five in two shutout innings.
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Quijada’s first two months of the season would see him strike out 29 in 22 innings for the Shrimp and get named to the Southern League mid-season all-star team. Called up to the New Orleans Baby Cakes in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, Quijada put up a 3.32 ERA and a 2-4 record in 27 appearances. He whiffed 52 in 40 2/3 innings and held batters to a 1.131 WHIP. After getting called up, he struck out six batters in three hitless innings in a 4-3 loss to the Iowa Cubs.
Quijada has never been a highly ranked or nationally known prospect. In fact, you probably haven’t even heard of him until now. With the Miami Marlins 40-man roster approaching a state of flux, the time is ripe for Quijada to make a move to the top level.
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