Bryan Holaday returned to the fold with a minor league deal, and reported to the New Orleans Baby Cakes in time for the Pacific Coast League Opening Day.
Along with the return of Holaday, the Miami Marlins made 14 other sub-major league moves between yesterday and today.
Promoted from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to the Baby Cakes
Neidert, who was a second rounder of the Seattle Mariners in 2015, will be reporting to the triple-A level for the first time. He joined the Miami Marlins with Robert Dugger and Christopher Torres for Dee Gordon after the 2017 campaign. For the Jumbo Shrimp last season, he posted a 12-7 record and a 3.24 ERA over 26 starts, with 154 K’s in 152 2/3 innings and a 1.13 WHIP.
Eveld was a ninth round choice of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016, and the Miami Marlins got him in a trade-deadline deal last season for soon-to-be-retiring Brad Ziegler.
Eveld has tremendous upside, and is earmarked as a future major league closer. He struck out 14 in 9 2/3 innings in a small sample size last season for Jacksonville, and should do well at the higher level.
Sent Down From the Cakes to Jacksonville
Chavez went four-for-13 with a pair of doubles in Spring Training for the Miami Marlins. In seven minor league seasons he has hit .198/.249/.251 in 389 contests in the Oakland Athletics system.
A third round selection of the Oakland Athletics in 2014, Graves appeared in 21 games with the Miami Marlins last season in his first major league look. Graves went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 21 K’s in 33 innings.
Lee was Miami’s 10th round choice in 2016. A lefty reliever, Lee was 8-3 with a 1.60 ERA in 44 relief appearances last season across the Marlins’ top three minor league levels. He struck out 63 in 62 innings, and racked up a 0.97 WHIP.
Keller was an 18th rounder in 2015 for the Miami Marlins. Last season, also between Miami’s top three minor league levels, he was 2-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 78 whiffs in 52 2/3 innings. He appeared in 44 games and finished with a 1.10 WHIP.
A 12th round choice of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014, Yamamoto joined the Miami Marlins in the Christian Yelich deal. Last season, he was 6-1 with a 1.83 ERA at three different levels in Miami’s system with 85 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings of work.
Promoted From the Jupiter Hammerheads to the Jumbo Shrimp
Stone Garrett hit .243/.280/.371 in 64 games for Jupiter last season. He was an eighth round choice of the Marlins in 2014.
McKenzie Mills was an 18th round choice of the Washington Nationals in 2014. He came over to the Marlins for Justin Bour around the trade deadline last year.
Free Agents to the Shrimp
Parker Bugg played in 37 games for the Hammerheads last year, going 2-1 with a 3.07 ERA. He struck out 81 in 67 innings, and finished with a 0.92 WHIP.
Matt Snyder was chosen in the 10th round in 2012 by the New York Yankees. Last season, he hit .242 in 19 games with the St. Paul Saints.
Elvis Araujo signed with the Cleveland Indians as a free agent way back in 2007. He’s played in 72 major league games with the Philadelphia Phillies, with a 4-2 record and a 4.94 ERA.
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Eddy Alvarez was a free agent signee of the Chicago White Sox in 2014. Last year, he hit .253/.348/.435 in 101 games for the Charlotte Knights.
Free Agents to the Cakes
Wilkin Castillo, a catcher, hit .250/.277/.353 last year for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders.
Bryan Holaday rejoined the Miami Marlins system and reported to the Baby Cakes today. He’ll likely be the first one called up if the Marlins end up needing a short-term catcher due to injury or protracted slump at the major league level.