The Miami Marlins may not add Sixto Sanchez and Jorge Guzman to its expanded roster. The two pitchers have been solid at Class AA Jacksonville.
Per MLB.com, the number of innings both pitchers have thrown this season has a lot to do with the front office decision. Sanchez, the Marlins top-ranked prospect, has proven to be a potential future ace of this staff, but because of his development and the team keeping tabs on his progression, having him move three tiers within the organization this season maybe a little too much to ask.
"“Sanchez, Miami’s top-ranked prospect (24th on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list), has been a standout in Double-A Jacksonville’s rotation, going 8-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 18 starts,” Joe Frisaro wrote of the 21-year-old who was part of the deal that sent catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Philadelphia Phillies prior to Spring Training."
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The Marlins have said they are willing to take their time with Sanchez and bring him along slowly before he eventually makes the jump to the Majors.
"“Just to see what our development people have done with Sixto Sanchez, from where he was, and to clean up his delivery,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said, “just allowing him to double his career innings this year, it’s a tremendous credit to our guys in development, and what they’ve been able to do.”"
Guzman also remains a work in progress but has saved his best pitching for the end of the season in Jacksonville.
As part of the deal that sent Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, he has proven to be a potential No. 2 starter in the rotation. There had been some talk of him getting a shot at a callup, but once again, the front office is pumping the breaks a bit to make sure he is not overworked this season.
"“The 23-year-old Guzman has 138 2/3 innings in 25 games (24 starts), with a 7-11 record and 3.50 ERA. In August, he has made great strides, going 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA,” writes Frisaro."
“Miami’s No. 17 prospect logged 96 innings a year ago.”
Guzman could also become a candidate to move to the bullpen and assume the closer’s role for the team in the future. Also, don’t rule out both pitchers remaining with Jacksonville as the Jumbo Shrimp remain in the hunt for a playoff berth.
As of Thursday night, the team was two games out of a Southern League playoff spot with five games to go. Frisaro wrote both. Hill and chief executive officer Derek Jeter recently spent time with the Double-A club.