Last week, the Miami Marlins assigned four of their younger prospects to the DSL Marlins.
The DSL Marlins play in the Dominican Summer League, which usually kicks off their half-season of play right around the tail end of May or the beginning of June. Of course, this is nothing like just any old other year. Play has been postponed, and possibly cancelled outright before it’s all said and done. The Miami Marlins would like to see something happen somewhere. Wouldn’t we all?
That’s not just a development at the major league level. All levels of minor league play are at risk for getting completely lost in the COVID-19 response. As a side effect, there haven’t been very many transactions of which to speak over the past two months. Usually, I check the minor league transactions daily, sometimes several times a day. Unfortunately I’ve gotten out of the habit, and so didn’t notice that the Marlins assigned four young men to their DSL outfit.
Right-handed pitchers Stiven Almanzar, Wilmer Dilonex, and Kendry Montesino, along with catcher Gabriel Flores were assigned to the rookie developmental outfit, with no real timeline as to when they’ll start inter-team play.
Stiven Almanzar 5’10” 155 lbs. Cotui, DR. 24DEC01
Gabriel Flores 5’10” 175 lbs. Naguanagua, VZ 15SEP01
Wilmer Dilonex 6’6″ 200 lbs. Constanza, DR 28DEC01
Kendry Montesino 6’4″ 180 lbs. Santo Domingo, DR 1FEB03
Their heights, weights, birthdates, and hometowns are all I know about these four. Dilonex is a tall glass of water, & Montesino (pictured below) isn’t that far behind and only 17-years-old. Other than that, there isn’t a great deal of information available about them.
The rest of the roster shakes out thusly:
Isaac De Leon
More from Prospects
Clearly, the infield could use a little more depth — at least enough to field a complete team. With seven catchers on the roster, maybe one of them should consider expanding their skillset. This is especially true due to the depth above them within the Miami Marlins system, including Jorge Alfaro, Will Banfield, Nick Fortes, J.D. Osborne, B.J. Lopez, Keegan Fish, Ryan Lavarnway, Brian Navarreto, Julian Leon, Chad Wallach, Francisco Cervelli, Dustin Skelton, and Santiago Chavez.
Whatever the case, the 2019 DSL Marlins cruised to a middling 34-36 record to finish sixth in the eight-team DSL Northwest Division. A little depth in the rotation and the bullpen can only be a good thing. Thanks for reading.