We haven’t discussed pitcher Robert Dugger much since the stoppage, but he should still be counted as a part of the potential rotation here with the Miami Marlins.
There has been plenty of talk about Jordan Yamamoto and Jose Urena taking the final two spots in the rotation, but Dugger, who joined the Marlins staff towards the end of the season, has looked good in the small sample-size the coaching staff saw of him on the mound.
Does this mean he grabs the fifth spot in the rotation? A lot of factors still play into how the team will look based on changes in division alignment and how Mattingly wants to assemble his 26-man roster.
I think Dugger has a shot to grab the last slot, but it would mean Urena moves to the bullpen, which may not be likely given the need for a veteran in the rotation. It may come down to him and Yamamoto, who started last season in Jacksonville and moved through the minors quickly in 2019.
Mattingly could decide to use a six-man rotation, but for now, I am leaving him out of the rotation until further notice.