3 Miami Marlins struggling in Spring Training
2. SP JOHNNY CUETO
Johnny Cueto is a new addition to the Miami Marlins.
Johnny Cueto was one of the major signings this off-season for the Miami Marlins. He had a pretty interesting career, with ups and downs throughout it. He's of course coming off of a strong year, but due to his age (37) there's a major question mark with whether or not he still has much gas left in the tank before his inevitable retirement.
Johnny Cueto debuted in 2008 with the Cincinnati Reds and delivered a 4.81 ERA/4.90 FIP with 8.2 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 in 31 games and 174.0 innings pitched. He followed that up in 2009 with a 4.41 ERA/4.69 FIP with 6.9 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 30 games and 171.1 innings pitched. He finally took a major step forward in 2010 with a 3.64 ERA/3.97 FIP with 6.7 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 31 games and 185.2 innings pitched.
In 2011, Cueto produced a 2.31 ERA/3.45 FIP with 6.0 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 24 games and 156.0 innings pitched. This was his breakout season as you can see. In 2012, he finished fourth in NL Cy Young award voting with a 2.78 ERA/3.27 FIP with 7.1 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 33 games and 217.0 innings pitched. In 2013, he produced a 2.82 ERA/3.81 FIP with 7.6 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 11 games and 60.2 innings pitched.
In 2014, Johnny Cueto delivered a 2.25 ERA/3.30 FIP with 8.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 34 games and 243.2 innings pitched. This led to a second place finish for him in NL Cy Young voting. Cueto split 2015 between Cincinnati and the Kansas City Royals (winning a World Series in the process). He delivered a 3.44 ERA/3.53 FIP with 7.5 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 32 games and 212.0 innings pitched.
Cueto signed with the San Francisco Giants as a free agent and pitched for them from 2016 to 2021 with solid results. He delivered a 3.81 ERA/3.93 FIP with 7.9 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 104 games and 614.0 innings pitched. In 2022 he pitched for the Chicago White Sox and delivered a 3.35 ERA/3.79 FIP with 5.8 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 25 games and 158.1 innings pitched. He spent a lot of time on the IL.
Johnny Cueto signed with the Miami Marlins as a free agents after the season and currently has a 27.00 ERA in 2 games and 3.2 innings pitched with 4.9 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. It's a very small sample size so I wouldn't be worried just yet.