Miami Marlins: Origins for the Current Active Roster
By Matt Melton
Dylan Floro – Trade
One of the most consistent relievers for the Marlins this season, Floro originally began his professional career back in 2012 after he was selected in the 13th Round of the MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays out of Cal-State Fullerton. Reaching the big leagues with Tampa Bay in 2016, Floro spent time with the Rays, Cubs, and Reds before settling with the Dodgers from 2018-2020. Floro was traded to Miami in February of 2021 where he has posted a 2.78 ERA in year one with the Marlins.
Anthony Bender – Free Agency
Originally a 20th Round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, Bender would spent three seasons in the Royals organization before he was granted free agency. Also spending a season in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, Bender would sign as a free agent with the Marlins in November of 2020, and is now enjoying a phenomenal first professional season posting a 2.23 ERA in 40.1 IP.
Richard Bleier – Trade
Bleier was originally drafted in the 6th Round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Florida Gulf Coast by the Texas Rangers. Spending time in the Rangers, Blue Jays, and Nationals organization previously, Bleier reached the big leagues in 2016 with the New York Yankees before he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in February of 2017. After four seasons in Baltimore, the veteran reliever was traded to Miami in August of 2020.
Anthony Bass – Free Agent
Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 5th Round of the 2008 MLB Draft, Bass reached the major leagues with San Diego in 2011. The veteran reliever has spent time with multiple organizations including the Padres, Astros, Rangers, Cubs, Mariners, and Blue Jays before signing with the Marlins as a free agent in January of 2021.
Zach Pop – Trade
Another Marlins rookie reliever, Pop was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 7th Round of the 2017 MLB Draft, but was shortly after traded alongside others to Baltimore in the deal that sent Manny Machado to Los Angeles. Selected by the Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 Draft two years later, Pop was then traded to Miami in December of 2020 where he has posted a solid rookie season so far.
Ross Detwiler – Free Agent
Originally a First Round pick (No. 6 overall) in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals, Detwiler spent seven seasons in Washington before being traded to the Texas Rangers in December of 2014. Since then, Detwiler has pitched with the Rangers, Braves, Indians, Athletics, Mariners, and White Sox before signing as a free agent with the Marlins back in January.
David Hess – Trade
Hess was selected in the 5th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles where he reached the big leagues in 2018. After three seasons in Baltimore, Hess signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in December of 2020, and was traded to Miami in July.
Steven Okert – Free Agent
Drafted for the third time in 2012, Okert signed with the San Francisco Giants after being selected in the 4th Round. After reaching the big leagues with the Giants, Okert was granted free agency in 2019, and would sign with the Marlins back in February where he has excelled posting a 2.55 ERA so far this season across 17.2 IP.
Paul Campbell – Rule 5 Draft
A former 21st Round pick out of Clemson by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2017 MLB Draft, Campbell spent three years in the Rays organization before being selected by the Marlins in December of 2020 in the Rule 5 Draft.
Shawn Morimando – Free Agent
Selected in the 19th Round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians, Morimando spent seven seasons with Cleveland before being released in 2018. Also spending time with the Blue Jays in 2019, Morimando was granted free agency before he signed with the Marlins in February.