Cason Sherrod was the Miami Marlins seventh round pick in 2018. When will we see the big right-hander in Miami?
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 206 of 286.
Cason Michael Sherrod is a 6’4″, 205 lb. right-handed pitcher from Dallas, Texas. Despite not having a major league team, the city of Dallas has a rich history of producing big leaguers. 78 have originated from Dallas, including current Miami Marlins catcher Bryan Holaday, Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks, probable future Hall-of-Famer Clayton Kershaw, and the awesomely named Rocky Cherry (not a nickname).
Sherrod attended W.T. White HS in his hometown, then went to Texas A&M University starting in 2015. As a junior in 2017, he was 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 30 relief appearances, with 38 K’s in 43 2/3 innings. Although he walked 26, he finished the year with a 1.28 WHIP due to allowing only 30 hits. After the season, the Kansas City Royals chose him in the 13th round of the MLB Amateur Draft with the 390th overall selection. You can follow Sherrod on Twitter @CasonSherrod.
Sherrod declined to sign with Kansas City, playing another season with the Aggies. In 25 games, he was 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. After posting a 1.35 WHIP, the Miami Marlins selected him in the seventh round of the draft, 207th overall.
12-of-54 selected 207th overall eventually reach the majors, or 22 percent. The group has three players who totaled above a 1.0 career WAR, Eric Soderholm (1967, Oakland Athletics, 21.5 WAR), Ronnie Belliard (1994, Milwaukee Brewers, 20.8 WAR), and Mark Loretta (1993, Brewers, 19.4 WAR). Sherrod would like to be the 13th to make it. Here’s Sherrod in the 2018 Instructional League against the Houston Astros prospects, courtesy of 2080 Baseball.
After his selection, Sherrod signed with the Miami Marlins for a less-than-slot $20,000 bonus. They assigned him to the rookie-level, Florida-based Gulf Coast League, with the GCL Marlins. After allowing one hit and an unearned run in a two inning debut on June 19th, Sherrod gave up seven runs in less than an inning six days later. Fortunately for him, that was the last truly bad performance of his season.
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Through the rest of the campaign, Sherrod allowed seven hits and six walks over 16 1/3 innings for an opposing batting average of .127. He struck out 21 batters over that time, for a seasonal K/9 of 10.89. He touches 97 MPH on the gun, with a promising but unfinished curveball, (h/t to Baseball America, subscription required)
Sherrod is still officially listed as part of the GCL Marlins, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him start the 2019 season at a much higher level. He’ll be turning 23-years-old in June, so I expect his advance through the minors to be accelerated relative to other prospects. Regardless of where he starts the year, he should finish it either with the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League or with the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League.
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