Kim Ng has started wheeling and dealing in preparation for the trading deadline. Catcher is a position of need, and so is just getting a bat in general. The trade done today is not as exciting or impactful. It saw the Miami Marlins trade Minor League IF Joe Rizzo to the Detroit Tigers for cash. Let's take a look at whether The Fish will miss the 25 year old versatile infielder.
The Miami Marlins traded Minor League IF Joe Rizzo to the Detroit Tigers.
Joe Rizzo has never played in the Major Leagues before, spending his entire professional career to date in the Minor Leagues. The Detroit Tigers assigned Rizzo to Triple-A Toledo. Rizzo was drafted in the second round by the Seattle Mariners in 2016, but never got past Double-A in Seattle. He did very well for Seattle's Double-A team last season, batting .277/.343/.467. Unfortunately for Rizzo, Seattle didn't want to add him to their 40-man roster. That was significant, as he could've opted out and reached free agency otherwise.
Rizzo did just that, opting out of his contract and signing a Minor League contract with the Miami Marlins in December. Joe hasn't been doing as well so far this season. He batted a mere .228/.298/.362 there this season. Despite all of this, he was promoted to Triple-A Jacksonville. Rizzo did even worse there, hitting .111/.200/.139 in 40 PA. He spent most of his time playing third base, but played first base and second base as well.
Baseball America ranked Joe Rizzo eleventh in their 2017 Seattle Mariners top prospects rankings, ninth in their 2018 rankings and finally 23'rd in their 2019 rankings. He fell off of their rankings after the 2019 season. He was highly rated for his tools, but there have been serious questions about him sticking at third base long-term. It's believed that a change of scenery and new coaching might help improve his performance.
Joe Rizzo is a third baseman, but he clearly isn't ready for the Major Leagues. At the age of 25, he also looks like a late-bloomer at best. The Miami Marlins will not miss him.