Rated as the Miami Marlins No. 17 prospect, right-hander Zach McCambley made his professional debut during the 2021 campaign. Miami’s third round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft out of Coastal Carolina, McCambley had a strong first season as one of the best young pitchers in the Marlins system.
Miami Marlins 2021 Season Review: RHP Zach McCambley
Beginning the season with High-A Beloit, McCambley quickly burst onto the scene with the Snappers with a strong month of May in which he posted a 3.46 ERA with two walks and 34 strikeouts across five starts. A stretch that included seven no-hit innings in only his second career start, the right-hander followed that up with a phenomenal June that included a 2.48 ERA with similar numbers across the board.
Making only one more start with the Snappers, McCambley would make a total of 11 starts in High-A Beloit in which he posted a 2-4 record with a 3.79 ERA across 57 innings pitched with 73 strikeouts compared to only six walks.
Joining Double-A Pensacola on July 10, McCambley would struggle at first, but would bounce-back with a strong finish to the season posting a combined 2.37 ERA across his final four starts, bringing his ERA with the Blue Wahoos this season to 5.18 across nine starts.
For the 2021 season overall, the 22-year-old right-hander would make a total of 20 combined starts where he posted a 3-10 record with a 4.36 ERA. Pitching a total of 97 innings, McCambley struck out a total of 120 batters compared to only six walks, which resulted in an impressive 2.4 BB/9 and 11.1 K/9.
Owner of arguably the top curveball in the entire Marlins system, this was certainly an impressive all-around season for Miami’s 2020 third round pick, especially early-on. Looking ahead to the 2022 campaign, McCambley will likely begin next season in Double-A Pensacola, with a chance that the 22-year-old could receive a call-up to Triple-A Jacksonville at some point.