Arquimedes Cumana gave us precious little to go on in his first professional season.
This February, we’re completing our offseason-long series on every player in the Miami Marlins 2018 system, from top to bottom. Today, Cumana is the 267th. Tune in later today for Jose Urena‘s review.
Arquimedes Rafael Cumana is a 6’3″, 175 lb. right-handed batting and throwing first baseman. Born on April 28th, 2000, Cumana hails from Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, population 94,796. Five major leaguers have originated out of the town, including former Miami Marlins second baseman Omar Infante and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
Cumana signed his first professional deal with the Miami Marlins through free agency on July 2nd, 2016, soon after turning 16-years-old. He didn’t report anywhere for two years, not joining organizational ball in person until June 1st, 2018. The Marlins assigned him to the rookie-level DSL Marlins, in the Dominican Summer League.
Before ever getting into a game, Cumana was placed on the 60-day disabled list two weeks after joining the club. He remained inactive until his activation on August 17th, less than two weeks from the end of the Dominican Summer League season.
Cumana finally got into a game twenty-five months after signing with the Miami Marlins. They put him behind the plate and batted him ninth in a 5-3 victory over the DSL Athletics. Cumana was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
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Two days later, Cumana was played at designated hitter and placed ninth in the order. He went 0-for-3 with two K’s, but got to first base by way of HBP in another win, a 4-2 decision over the DSL Astros. The next day, he batted seventh and played first base for the first time, making an error in the field. He was again 0-for-2 with a strikeout, as the Marlins lost to the Astros, 5-2.
On August 23rd, Cumana finally collected his first hit, a double in three at bats. He also struck out in a 5-3 loss to the DSL Red Sox1. In his final game, the next day, Cumana was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but he again got to first by taking one on the ribs. He followed with his first stolen base and scored his first run in a 6-1 victory against the DSL Braves.
Cumana only played in five games, and hit one double, struck out seven times, drew first by hit batsman twice, and stole a base. Defensively, he fielded 23 chances in 18 innings in the field at first base, for a .957 fielding percentage. Look for him with the DSL Marlins again this year.
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