The Miami Marlins have made their first official move of the year 2022 as the club has signed free agent right-hander Huascar Brazoban to a minor league deal, and have assigned him to Triple-A Jacksonville.
Miami Marlins sign free agent RHP Huascar Brazoban
Brazoban, a 32-year-old native of Villa Mella, Dominican Republic, may be a name that not too many people are familiar with, and that’s probably understandable as the right-hander last pitched as a part of a major league organization back in 2017.
An original signing by the Colorado Rockies back in 2012 as a 22-year-old, Brazoban would spent from 2012-15 in the lower levels of the Rockies organization, and would later return for the 2017 season. Posting a combined 5.06 ERA with seven saves across 99 relief appearances during that span, Brazoban would elect free agency where he has since spent time in the Dominican, Venezuelan, and Mexican Winter Leagues, as well as two years (2018 and 2021) in Independent Ball.
In fact, Brazoban is currently coming off one of the best single season’s of his career in 2021 where he posted a 2.81 ERA across 16 innings with the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League, as well as a phenomenal 0.46 ERA across 19.2 innings with Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Winter League.
While the veteran right-hander has struggled a bit with command in his career (4.6 BB/9 combined across his professional career), Brazoban did showcase some impressive strikeout potential in 2021, as well as cutting down on free passes with a combined 43:11 K:BB ratio across 35.2 innings.
As mentioned previously, Brazoban was assigned to Triple-A Jacksonville where he will begin the 2022 season as a member of the Jumbo Shrimp bullpen. Having never pitched above the Double-A level (24.1 IP in 2017 in Double-A), Brazoban will be an intriguing reliever to watch for the early part of the 2022 season.