Marlins survive Rule 5 draft with only 1 loss

The Marlins drafted some but lost one big name

Feb 22, 2023; Jupiter, FL, USA;  Miami Marlins infielder Nasim Nunez (86) poses for a photo during
Feb 22, 2023; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins infielder Nasim Nunez (86) poses for a photo during / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB rule 5 draft went by on December 6 and the Marlins made it through relatively unscathed. The rule 5 draft for the minor leagues puts players available to draft after 4 years of service and those who are not on the 40 man roster. The Marlins could have lost perspective major leaguer Troy Johnston for example, but thankfully they didn’t. 

Nasim Nunez selected by the Washington Nationals

Nunez was drafted by the Marlins in 2019 in the second round, pick 46 overall. Nunez was getting into the swing of things this fall, making the fall stars team and hit .253. Nunez was potentially on the rise in the Marlins system with their thin minor league system. If Nunez can continue that fall league success into the spring he would have had a shot. 

He played all summer for the AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos club and had a decent year. Nunez hit .225 with 5 home runs,23 RBI, and 52 stolen bases. He has very impressive speed and would be a stolen base leader if he had a high enough aver and OBP, sadly that is it the case.  He has a lot of potential but it has yet to come to fruition with the Marlins. He could be a game changer, as a more traditional shortstop with average and speed, who gets on base for the middle of the order hitters. With that in mind I thought he had potential, but he would have to put it together this coming season.

The Washington Nationals get a young 23 year old middle infielder that could be major league ready in a year or two. He is only 23 years old and he likely would have had a chance in AAA next year if he stayed with the Marlins, so now the Marlins are back to the drawing board for their future middle infield. This is already on Peter Bendix’s list for the major league roster, he will have to add some in the minors as well. The Marlins did make some acquisitions as well, we will detail those later. 

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