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 111 of 286. For the first 100, click here.
Luke Jarvis is a 5’10”, 191 lb. middle-infielder from San Diego, California. Born on December 7th, 1994, he was one of the oldest players selected in this seasons’ MLB Amateur Draft. The Miami Marlins picked him in the 25th round out of Auburn University. Follow Jarvis on Twitter @Luke_Jarvis9.
In two seasons playing for the Tigers, Jarvis hit .264/.317/.384 in 133 contests. He collected eight round-trippers and 60 RBI, drawing 37 walks and striking out 121 times.
Selected with the 747th overall choice, Jarvis joins a fraternity that has placed seven percent of its members into the majors, or four-of-51. The small group is led by Juan Eichelberger (1971, San Francisco Giants, 0.7 career WAR) and Kerry Woodson (1988, Seattle Mariners, 0.1 WAR).
Jarvis signed with the Miami Marlins for a $1000 bonus, and reported to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League on June 28th. Listed as a middle-infielder, Jarvis appeared 37 times at second base and in 11 games at shortstop. He made six errors in 309 innings at second base, with a 4.38 range factor for a .964 fielding percentage. Not quite as good at shortstop, Jarvis fielded .935 over 87 2/3 innings.
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Over Jarvis’ first nine games, he went four-for-29 with four walks and seven strikeouts. He picked it up after that, collecting five multi hit games through the season, including a pair of three-hit performances. On August 27th, Jarvis batted ninth and hit two doubles and a triple, knocking a run in and scoring another as the Muckdogs topped the State College Spikes, 11-6.
In 48 games at the plate, Jarvis went 35-for-161, slashing .217/.274/.323 with nine doubles, a triple, and a pair of homers for 12 RBI. He stole six bases in nine chances, scoring 12 runs, drawing 11 walks, and striking out 39 times.
Jarvis wasn’t great, but he didn’t embarrass himself by any means. I believe he may have showed just enough to get another look in 2019 with the Clinton LumberKings. The Miami Marlins system doesn’t have a lot of patience for the older draft picks (see Colby Lusignan), so it may not be a particularly long look if Jarvis doesn’t turn in a great slashline and a solid fielding effort.
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