The Marlins have several high-end pitching prospects nearing the Major Leagues. Sixto Sanchez, Edward Cabrera and Nick Neidert are all among those who should be ready to make their MLB debut at some point in 2020.
Sanchez is the team’s No. 1 prospect and No. 22 overall according to MLB Pipeline. Sanchez has electric stuff and seems poised to push for a Rookie of the Year award. In 2019, Sanchez was 8-4 at Double-A with a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 97 strikeouts over 103 innings pitched. A huge spring might see him break camp with the big club, but it’s more than likely he’ll start at Triple-A.
Cabrera is Miami’s No. 6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. At 6’4″, he towers on the mound and slings a fastball between 94 and 97 MPH. He can hit triple digits on the radar gun, too. He has a huge upside, and 2019 saw him go 9-4 with a 2.23 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 116 strikeouts over 96 2/3 innings pitched between High-A and Double-A.
Neidert might be the dark horse pitching prospect. He’s ranked the No. 11 prospect by MLB Pipeline, but at 23-years-old and with experience pitching at Triple-A, he might be the most ready to contribute for the Marlins. He’s mature and his stuff has great movement. A solid spring might see him steal the No. 5 starter role.
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The wildcard in this race for the backend of the rotation is currently a free agent. Henderson Alvarez has spent the better part of the last several weeks performing for scouts and executives, and posting his workouts on Twitter.
Alvarez spent three seasons with the Miami Marlins from 2013 to 2015. During his time with Miami, he had a 17-17 record and posted a 3.23 ERA and 1.228 WHIP in 312 innings pitched. He was a steady starter for the Fish until a shoulder injury derailed his promising career.
At 29-years-old, Alvarez could be a veteran option for the backend of the rotation, especially if the promising young arms in the system need more seasoning after spring training.
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