Who Was the Miami Marlins Worst Pitcher in 2019?

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: Adam Conley #61 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on June 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: Adam Conley #61 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on June 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 19: Jose Quijada #74 of the Miami Marlins reacts to the third Los Angeles Dodgers out during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on July 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Josh Smith (-0.1)

LHP Josh Smith only faced 21 batters in his Miami Marlins career, but struck out half as many as he allowed to cross the plate. In only 4 1/3 innings, he gave up four earned runs on three hits and three walks before getting claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins had initially also claimed Smith off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, just two weeks prior to the end of the season. I guess 4 1/3 innings were enough for them to make a determination on the future of the 30-year-old southpaw.

Jose Quijada (-0.3)

Jose Quijada‘s slow and steady rise through the Miami Marlins minor league affiliate feeder system could only end with an invitation to the big-league club. With 10.9 K/9 collectively at three levels of the minors from 2016 through 2018, there was nothing left for Quijada to prove at the Triple-A level.

In 29 2/3 innings at the big league level with the Marlins in 2019, Quijada struck out 44 for a truly prolific whiff rate of 13.3 K/9. Unfortunately, he also registered a 1.787 WHIP by walking 26 and allowing 27 hits. For his troubles, he was 2-3 with a 5.76 ERA with a 7.66 FIP and a 74 ERA+, all truly frightening numbers.

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