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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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 18: Ryne Stanek #35 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 18, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Ryne Stanek (-0.4)

When the Miami Marlins got Jesus Sanchez from the Rays for Trevor Richards and Nick Anderson, Tampa Bay also included reliever Ryne Stanek in the deal. Stanek had been solid in three seasons with the Rays, striking out 171 in 142 innings for a 10.9 K/9 rate, along with a 1.225 WHIP.

After the deal, Stanek’s K/9 rate actually increased to 11.8, but his WHIP also went up by almost a third, to 1.688. He walked 19 while pitching for the Marlins, over only 21 1/3 innings. Billed as a possible closer on down the line, Stanek has to show more than he did in a doomed last-third of the season.

Robert Dugger (-0.6)

Robert Dugger joined the Miami Marlins rotation for seven turns to close out the 2019 campaign.

Dugger’s second start was truly outstanding, with seven strikeouts, a walk and three hits surrendered in a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Aside from that 73 GameScore effort, however, his other six starts yielded an average GameScore of 39.

Dugger, who is still regarded as the number 23 Miami Marlins prospect, finished at 0-4 with a 5.77 ERA and 25 K’s in 34 1/3 innings. He’ll need to tap into some of that magic he showed against the Reds this upcoming Spring Training if he wants to stick in the rotation.

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