Miami Marlins Spring Training Rotation: The Struggle is Real

DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: Caleb Smith #31 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on June 24, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: Caleb Smith #31 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on June 24, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: Starting pitcher Jose Urena #62 of the Miami Marlins throws in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 22, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images) /

Locked In

José Ureña

Ureña was the anchor and only constant of the 2018 rotation. After losing seven straight to open the campaign, he closed strong with six wins in a row. He was the top performer against replacement level on the pitching staff, finishing the year with a 1.0 WAR. While not considered an ace in the conventional sense of the word, he’s clearly the “ace by default” on the 2019 version of the Miami Marlins.

Dan Straily

One of only 11 players in the Miami Marlins system over the age of 30, Straily is a workhorse in comparison to our current generation of starting pitchers. Despite missing approximately 10 starts last season due to injury, Straily didn’t miss any starts over the two preceding seasons. Likely a trade-deadline loss to the Marlins, he should give us four months of solid production in the number two spot.

Outside of these two starters, there are many who could play their way into the rotation come Opening Day. Three of these next seven should fill those spots.

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