With the seasonal Hot Stove completely turned off for the past four months, the Miami Marlins were overdue to make changes to their roster.
With news of the season likely getting underway on or around July 24, with a July 1 report date, it was only a matter of time before some fringe players got a pink slip. The list of 30 includes some “fringy” type players, but also a lot of others who I thought were locks to someday impact the Miami Marlins.
According to Chris Hilburn-Trenkle at Baseball America (subscription required), the full list of recently cut Miami Marlins extends the length and breadth of their minor league feeder system. A majority of them, 17 in fact, were right-handed pitchers.
RHP Vincenzo Aiello (2017, 28th round)
RHP Elkin Alcala (2016, free agency)
RHP Nathan Alexander (2018, 24th round)
RHP Dustin Beggs (2016, 16th round)
RHP Taylor Braley (2017, sixth round)
RHP Peyton Culbertson (2018, eighth round)
RHP Kale Leach (2019, free agency)
RHP Kolton Mahoney (2017, free agency)
RHP Edgar Martinez (2016, free agency)
RHP Leudy Martinez (2018, free agency)
RHP Alex Mateo (2016, 22nd round)
RHP Codie Paiva (2019, 22nd round)
RHP R.J. Peace (2015, 13th round)
RHP Guillermo Ramirez (2019, free agency)
RHP Josh Roeder (2018, free agency)
RHP Frank Valera (2017, free agency)
RHP Jeremias Vasquez (2018, free agency)
LHP Andrew Miller (2018, 40th round)
LHP McKenzie Mills (2018, trade)
LHP Manuel Rodriguez (2014, free agency)
LHP Jonaiker Villalobos (2015, free agency)
The remainder of cuts included a pair of catchers, four infielders, and three outfielders.
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C Pablo Garcia (2013, free agency)
C B.J. Lopez (2017, free agency)
2B Justin Twine (2014, second round)
SS Freilin Cabrera (2019, free agency)
SS Samuel Castro (2014, free agency)
SS Alvaro Montero (2017, free agency)
OF Albert Guaimaro (2016, free agency)
OF Omar Lebron (2016, free agency)
OF Daniel Paulino (2016, free agency)
Perhaps the biggest surprises of the bunch were high draft picks Twine, Culbertson, and Braley. I wrote about them here, here, and here, respectively. Fully half of the recently released originated in the Dominican Summer League as part of the DSL Marlins. Others, like Mahoney, Roeder, Lopez, and Beggs, seemed to be enjoying a mid-to-late-minor-league-career push towards a major league debut. None of the thirty have made a major league appearance to date.
We wish these players luck in the future. Thanks for reading.