The Miami Marlins made a total of 19 moves over the past two days.
For the most part, the Miami Marlins moves were mostly in stocking the full-season minor leagues with full rosters. Namely, the middle-A Clinton LumberKings (of the Midwest League) were stocked with guys who spent last year at the short-season-A level with the Batavia Muckdogs, in the New York-Penn League.
Promoted to the Clinton LumberKings from Batavia
RHP C.J. Carter held opposing batters to a .179 average last season between GCL and Batavia.
RHP Peyton Culbertson pitched to a 1.36 WHIP and a 2.34 ERA over 34 2/3 innings last season between the same two levels.
RHP Humberto Mejia was 1-6 with a 3.30 ERA over 62 2/3 innings for the Muckdogs last season. He’s starting his fifth season in the Marlins system.
RHP Alberto Guerrero struck out 63 in 69 2/3 innings for Batavia last season. In four minor league campaigns, he’s held batters to a .223 average and a 1.21 WHIP, with a 3.14 ERA.
LF Michael Donadio hit .274 in his first full season of minor league play last year with the Muckdogs, with five homers and 26 RBI in 56 games.
Ricardo Cespedes is entering his sixth professional season, and his third with the Marlins. He joined the organization in the trade with the New York Mets for A.J. Ramos, and last year hit .229 in 57 games for Batavia.
LHP Alex Vesia was 4-0 last year between GCL and Batavia, with 38 K’s in 33 1/3 innings and only five earned runs allowed for a 1.35 ERA.
RHP Chris Vallimont started 11 games for the Muckdogs last season, and walked more than he struck out (23 and 20, respectively). The fifth round Mercyhurst, PA native will join the LumberKings rotation.
LHP Manuel Rodriguez is starting his sixth season in the Marlins organization, and has a 16-14 lifetime record with a 3.68 ERA. That includes a breakout 2018, when he struck out 65 in 76 innings while holding opponents to a 1.21 WHIP between the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Muckdogs.
RHP Josh Roberson was 5-3 with a 1.06 ERA in 42 1/3 innings for the GCL Marlins last season. Although he pitched only six innings with Batavia, he’s considered graduated from the level.
3B Bubba Hollins, son of former major league 3B Dave Hollins, hit .174 between three levels in 2018 for the Marlins.
Former fourth-round 1B Sean Reynolds, led the NYPL in 2018 with both 17 homers and 133 strikeouts, in only 76 games. He barely crossed the Mendoza line, at .193, while ranking amongst the league leaders with a .441 SLG.
SS Demetrius Sims hit .227 last season for the Muckdogs.
Promoted from the GCL Marlins to Clinton
A pair of players were promoted two levels to start this season.
RHP George Soriano pitched to a 1.91 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and a .183 opposing batting average with the GCL Marlins last season. That performance earned him a level skip in 2019.
RHP Tyler Jones also earned a level skip, with 25 K’s in 18 innings for GCL. He walked three, allowed 10 hits and only four runs, holding the opposition to a .159 average and a 0.72 WHIP.
Moved Down a Level from the Hammerheads to the LumberKings
RHP Travis Neubeck played most of 2018 with the same-leveled Grasshoppers, in the single-A South Atlantic League. He was 2-2 with a 2.14 ERA overall, with 39 K’s in 33 2/3 innings.
Players Released from their Contracts
1B Eric Jagielo was a legitimate power threat for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the double-A Southern League last season, with 11 homers in 121 games, along with a team-leading 64 RBI. He also hit just .198, and at 26-years-of-age didn’t have enough remaining upside for the Miami Marlins to keep him on.
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RHP Reilly Hovis completed his third season in the Miami Marlins system last season after getting drafted in the ninth round in 2015. He has a 7-7 career record and a 4.60 ERA in 131 innings of work, along with 138 K’s.
27-year-old catcher Will Allen hit .241 last year between the Grasshoppers and the Hammerheads, with nine homers and 33 RBI in 64 games.
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