The Miami Marlins added a hitter earlier and it was apparently time to add a pitcher for depth now too. As we're awaiting for The Fish to finally add a SS and a DH, we have to limit ourselves to looking at these transactions in the meantime. At least Peter Bendix is doing something right? It makes sense to take a look at the move and what it means to the team.
Declan Cronin has been added to the Miami Marlins as pitching depth.
The Miami Marlins claimed RP Declan Cronin off of waivers from the Houston Astros. The 26 year old righty made his Major League debut with the Chicago White Sox last season. He produced a 9.00 ERA/7.80 FIP, with 6.5 K/9 and 5.7 BB/9 in 9 games and 11.0 innings pitched. There's not much positive about his production as you can see.
Declan Cronin isn't great at getting strikeouts, isn't great at keeping walks down and of course has issue at keeping runs off of the board. He's still young enough where better results may still be possible. He had a 3.83 ERA in AAA with Chicago, producing a 3.83 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9, in 47 games and 51.2 innings pitched. He had a 4.56 ERA across the A+ and AA levels in 2022.
Could Declan Cronin figure things out with the Miami Marlins? It's possible, though not something that I'm particularly optimistic about. In order to add Cronin to the 40-man roster, The Fish designated Kaleb Ort for assignment. The righty has not pitched for The Fish at all, but did pitch for the Boston Red Sox from 2021 to 2023. He has a career 6.27 ERA/5.34 FIP, with 8.9 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9, in 47 games and 51.2 innings pitched.
It doesn't seem as if The Fish will really miss Kaleb Ort, but I do like his strikeouts more so than I do with Declan Cronin. I am hopeful that Peter Bendix knows what he's doing and that Cronin will be a surprise in the 2024 season. I'm still waiting for a SS and a DH however.