Jordan Guerrero went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in a short look with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in 2019.
Former Miami Marlins prospect Jordan Andrew Guerrero is a 6’3″, 195 lb. left-handed pitcher from Moorpark, California, also home of major leaguer Sean Gilmartin. Guerrero, born May 31st, 1994, was chosen in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Entry Draft, with the 471st overall choice by the Chicago White Sox. Of all players picked at that spot over the last 55 years, only four have made the majors, most notably Chris Dickerson (2003, Cincinnati Reds, 3.4 career WAR).
Guerrero started soon after the draft with the rookie-level Bristol White Sox, in the Appalachian League. Over the rest of that season and the next six, he remained in Chicago’s organization, moving from Bristol to the Kannapolis Intimidators in the mid-A South Atlantic League, the Winston-Salem Dash, in the high-A Carolina League, the Birmingham Barons, in the double-A Southern League, and the triple-A Charlotte Knights, in the International League. In 2016, he was ranked as high as number six amongst the White Sox prospects.
The 2019 campaign, Guerrero’s eighth professional season, would see him start out with the Knights, and post a 3-7 record with a 7.27 ERA. He racked up a 2.096 WHIP over 73 innings, striking out 66. The White Sox had seen enough, and handed Guerrero his walking papers on July 23rd.
Five days later, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the double-A Miami Marlins affiliate in the Southern League, welcomed Guerrero to the team on a minor league deal.
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Mainly a starter for most of his time in the minors, the Shrimp used Guerrero exclusively as a reliever. He appeared in a total of seven games for Jacksonville, going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings of work. Guerrero walked six and surrendered six hits for a dead-even 1.000 WHIP, along with a dozen strikeouts. Opponents could only manage a .150 average against Guerrero. The Miami Marlins released him anyway, a month after they signed him.
Guerrero didn’t allow a hit through his first four innings with Jacksonville, covering two games. He also struck out six over that time, but also walked three batters. Of 209 pitches offered with Jacksonville, Guerrero put 134 in the strike zone, a 64.1 percent strike-rate.
Guerrero showed he still has something to offer, and I’m sure he would still like to make it to the show, but it’s not going to happen with the Miami Marlins.
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