The Arizona Fall League is in full swing and 3 Miami Marlins made the National League Fall Stars team, and they are names you know. The Marlins minor league system is not in a good place but this provides some hope to Fish faithful out there. Let’s take a look at the 3 players that made the team and how they are doing so far this fall.
Ike Buxton - P
Ike Buxton was drafted in 2022 in the 15th round, coming out of Lipscomb University. Buxton finished last season in AA Pensacola and started 1 game and went 4 innings of shutout baseball. Buxton had quite a different fall with the offensive heavy fall league. For reference each team had a 5-something ERA as opposed to a normal season which would lead to questions about why Buxton is on the Fall Stars.
Buxton posted a 6.11 ERA this fall in 3 starts and 2 relief appearances totalling 17.2 innings. Buxton struck out 19 over the course of the fall and his BB/9 is 5.1 which is his average from the summer. This could be a good sign that he will be able to continue to climb the system and potentially add some pitching depth in the next few years.
Nasim Nuñez - SS, 2B
Nasim Nuñez played all year in AA Pensacola and was in the MLB futures game, looks like he is at it again this fall. In 125 games in the summer he hit .225 with 5 home runs and 43 RBI, which would make you say, why would he be on the futures team? Well he is not the run production guy, he is the run guy. In his 585 plate appearances he scored 84 runs and stole 52 bases and was only caught 7 times. He is the classic middle infielder of old and not the modern day hit 25 home runs guy.
Again he is on a streak in the fall league, this time hitting .246 in 84 plate appearances and driving in 13 runs with no home runs. Nuñez is scoring and stealing bases again, with 11 runs and 14 stolen bases in 14 attempts. That’s averaging a stolen base every 6 plate appearances. That is why he is on the fall stars, and I would love to see the same on the Marlins with Arraez and Nuñez that would be a lot of ducks on the pond.
Jacob Berry - 3B, 1B, OF
Jacob Berry struggled at the start of the year in A+ ball but he eventually was promoted to AA and he had a much better end to the season. In 123 plate appearances in AA he hit .248 with 5 home runs and 22 RBI. Berry also had 5 doubles, a triple, and 5 stolen bases in 5 tries, which rounded out his 2nd half of the summer recovery, and we hope it continues.
It has continued in the Arizona Fall league as he had 72 plate appearances and hit .262 with 2 home runs and driving in 7, and 4 doubles. That gave him the boost to make the Fall Stars team and although his home run total is not the ideal number he did very well and hit for a higher average which we hope to see continue in the spring.
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