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 116…of 286. Stay tuned.
Vincenzo Aiello is a 6’3″, 220 lb. native of Staten Island, NY. Born on August 6th, 1994, the Miami Marlins chose him in the 28th round of the 2017 draft, with the 839th overall selection out of Oklahoma. Only two players chosen at that position have made the major leagues throughout history, Rob Mackowiak (1995, Cincinnati Reds, 5.6 career WAR), and Don Wakamatsu (1984, New York Yankees, 0.1).
Aiello completed four seasons of collegiate ball at Rider University before completing a fifth-year-senior season for the Sooners. In 24 games out of the bullpen, he struck out 39 in 24 2/3 innings, with a 1.70 WHIP and a 5.47 ERA.
After his selection Aiello joined the GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, and struck out four in two innings. On July 4th, he was promoted to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League. For them, he struck out 31 over 19 innings. He was 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 13 games, with a 1.09 WHIP. On August 22nd, Aiello struck out four in two perfect innings in a 5-2 loss to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
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In 2018, Aiello began his season with the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. Despite starting the season out by giving up runs in three of his first four games, Aiello then reeled off his next nine innings allowing only one hit and striking out six. After that solid showing, naturally, Aiello was sent down a level to the South Atlantic League with the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers. On June 5th, he earned a save in a 5-3 Greensboro victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth. Overall with the Hoppers, Aiello held opposing batters to a .172/.217/.188 slashline, striking out 22 in 18 innings.
Aiello was solid in his return to the Hammerheads after July 13th. Overall for the season, he appeared in 37 games and made eight saves, going 5-1 with a 3.11 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.
Aiello is one to watch. Not highly touted in any publication, his strikeout numbers and low WHIP are nonetheless highly correlative to future big-league success. Expect him to start the 2019 season with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, with a shot at the bigs sometime in 2020.
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