Miami Marlins notes: injured top prospect; transactions

More notes on The Fish for the week
Yonny Chirinos
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The Miami Marlins made a transaction before Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals. There were also some injury news to discuss here. Are you ready to get into this? This hasn't been a good season for The Fish and I understand why people are upset, but all that we can do is look towards the future and hope for the best.

Notes on the Miami Marlins for the week aren't that fun.

Let's start with the return of Yonny Chirinos to the Major Leagues. The starting pitcher was solid in The Fish's win over St. Louis and now has a 3.60 ERA for the season. It was of course just one start, though the 6 strikeouts and 0 walks line is pretty impressive. He has a career 4.03 ERA/4.43 FIP, with 7.1 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 69 games and 326.1 innings pitched. He pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays (who else) and the Atlanta Braves.

As Yonny was promoted to the Majors, relief pitcher Kent Emanuel is going down to the Minors in his place. He has a horrifying 7.56 ERA/8.19 FIP with 6.5 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9, in 4 games and 8.1 innings pitched. Let's just say that the 32 year old more than earned his demotion for this lousy performance.

In injury news, remember this controversial trade? Even when we realized just how lowly he was valued, and that the industry had no problem with the trade, criticisms didn't disappear, well...the centerpiece of that trade is now injured. The Fish's #3 prospect OF Dillon Head is now out for the season due to hip surgery. While he should be back playing in the Minor Leagues next season, his Major League debut probably won't come until the 2026 or even the 2027 season.

When you look at the timeline of his projected debut and then his unimpressive production this season: .243/.317/.396 in 26 games and 111 AB... It's not hard to wonder if he's really worth it. Time will tell how he will do in the Majors, if he ever makes it up there... For now let's just wish him a speedy recovery.

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