Cason Sherrod has risen pretty quickly to the High-A level since getting drafted in 2018.
This offseason, Marlin Maniac is profiling all 274 players to appear at any level in the Miami Marlins system through the 2019 campaign. Today’s profilee, Cason Michael Sherrod, is a 6’4″, 215 lb. right-handed reliever from Dallas, Texas. Seventy-eight major leaguers have originated out of the city, including Clayton Kershaw.
Born on June 25th, 1996, Sherrod was taken in the seventh round of the 2018 MLB Amateur Entry Draft by the Miami Marlins out of Texas A&M University, with the 207th overall choice. If he makes it to the big leagues, he’ll be the 13th player chosen with that pick to get that far. The group is led by Eric Soderholm (1967, Oakland Athletics, 21.5 career WAR), Ronnie Belliard (1994, Milwaukee Brewers, 20.8 WAR), and Mark Loretta (1993, Brewers, 19.4 WAR). We profiled Sherrod in last offseason’s series, here.
After his junior season, the Kansas City Royals took a chance on Sherrod in the 13th round, but he elected instead to return for his senior season. In his final year, he went 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA and 40 whiffs in 40 2/3 innings. He spent his post-draft season with the Rookie-level GCL Marlins, in the Gulf Coast League.
This season, Sherrod started and ended his season at the High-A level with the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. During the last two weeks of June, he was reassigned to the Single-A Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League and the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League.
The lion’s share of the 2019 campaign was spent in the FSL, where Sherrod was 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 relief appearances. He saved two games, and struck out 20 in 21 innings. Opponents collected a .198 batting average against Sherrod across all levels, and he racked up a 1.09 WHIP.
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On July 2nd, Sherrod appeared in relief of a 12-2 loss to the Bradenton Marauders, striking out a pair and collecting four outs while allowing zero baserunners. On August 20th, he struck out three over two innings while allowing just a hit and a walk in an eventual 2-1, eight-inning loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
Sherrod’s current best-case long-term possibility is a look at the major league level during 2021 Spring Training, likely to be ready for a callup sometime in 2022. In the short term, look for him to at least begin his 2020 campaign with the Hammerheads.
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