In addition to playing the New York Mets on Monday night, the Miami Marlins also made some under-the-radar moves in readying their farm system for minor league Opening Day, on Thursday.
The Miami Marlins opened a three-game series against the Mets right around 7PM EST. Prior to that, they pulled the trigger on five minor league moves.
Lukas Schiraldi was part of the bounty the Miami Marlins received from the Seattle Mariners for David Phelps at the 2017 trading deadline, along with now major leaguer Pablo Lopez, recently released Brandon Miller, and CF Brayan Hernandez. Initially a 15th rounder in the 2014 draft, the major league legacy (father Calvin pitched for eight major league seasons) has been sent from the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League to the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. Schiraldi was 2-3 with a 4.47 in 44 1/3 innings of work last season between the same two levels.
Victor Victor Mesa
The second-most famous Miami Marlins offseason move was signing Cuban National League royalty Victor Victor Mesa, and his brother, Victor Mesa Jr. Mesa had three spring at bats with the Miami Marlins before pulling a quad muscle legging out an infield grounder, and spent the rest of the spring with the Marlins’ minor league camp. He was sent along with Schiraldi to the Hammerheads from the Jumbo Shrimp.
Tyler Stevens has been with the Miami Marlins organization since November 21st after the end of last season. They acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels for Dillon Peters. Stevens was originally an 18th round choice in 2017 out of the University of New Mexico. In two professional seasons as a reliever, he has gone 8-7 with a 5.00 ERA over 102 2/3 innings of work between rookie, two single-A levels, the double-A Mobile BayBears, and the triple-A Salt Lake Bees. Stevens had pretty good lifetime peripherals until racking up a 10.93 ERA over 28 innings with the Bees late last season. He hopes to get a fresh start with the Miami Marlins organization. He was assigned to the Hammerheads earlier today.
Daniel Castano was gained from the St. Louis Cardinals after the 2017 in the Marcell Ozuna trade. He arrived along with RF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Sandy Alcantara, and RHP Zac Gallen. He went 9-12 with a 3.93 ERA over 23 starts last season between the Hammerheads, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, in the single-A South Atlantic League, and the rookie-level GCL Marlins. Today, he rejoined the Hammerheads from the rookie-squad.
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Second baseman Luke Jarvis was a 25th round choice last season by the Miami Marlins. In his first professional action, he hit .217/.274/.323 in 48 games for the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs, in the New York-Penn League. The Marlins released him today, and he’s now free to pursue free agency with any team that wants to use him.
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