It’s long been a foregone conclusion that Nick Neidert will join the Marlins rotation.
The only question that we’re left with is if Nick Neidert will join the Marlins rotation sooner or later. He’s in the running to join the Miami Marlins rotation out of camp, along with a host of other possible candidates. He’s on a short list that currently includes Robert Dugger, Jose Urena, Elieser Hernandez, and Jordan Yamamoto to fill one of the two back rotation spots. Pablo Lopez, Sandy Alcantara, and Caleb Smith will assumedly fill the first three.
Neidert has pitched in three games already this spring, and surrendered one run on a solo homer. Other than that, he’s allowed six hits and a walk, striking out six. He’s a six-foot-one, 202 lb. right-handed starter from Atlanta, GA. Now 23-years-old, he came to the Miami Marlins system in the deal with the Seattle Mariners with Dugger and infielder Christopher Torres for Dee Gordon and some international slot money after the 2017 campaign.
Neidert was originally chosen in the second round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Entry Draft with the 60th overall selection. After pitching at the rookie level to finish out that year, he started 19 games with the Clinton LumberKings in 2016, in the Single-A Midwest League, going 7-3 with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.
Moved up to the High-A California League and the Modesto Nuts in 2017, Neidert struck out 109 in 104 1/3 innings, posting a 10-3 record with a. 2.76 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 19 more starts. He was named the CL Pitcher of the Year for his efforts.
After the trade, Neidert joined the Marlins system at the Double-A level with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League. He was named both a mid-season all-star and a Miami organizational all-star for his performance. In 26 starts, he was 12-7 with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and 154 K’s in 152 2/3 innings.
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Although Neidert progressed to the Triple-A level in 2019, with the Pacific Coast League’s New Orleans Baby Cakes, he was injured from the end of April until early August. This resulted in him only starting nine times at the new level, for which he had a 3-4 record and a 5.05 ERA to show for it. He made up for it somewhat with a solid Arizona Fall League, striking out 19 and walking only two in 21 2/3 innings, with a 0.831 WHIP and a 1.25 ERA to go with his 2-0 record.
As I’ve said, Neidert will join the Miami Marlins rotation at some point in 2020. The only question is will he join them out of camp? I think it’s likely that he starts with the Wichita Wind Surge and makes his major league debut when one of the “starting five” catches injury.
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