3 Miami Marlins players who badly need to turn things around

There are three Miami Marlins players who badly need to improve...or it's all downhill from there
Sixto Sanchez
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2. RP SIXTO SANCHEZ

Sixto Sanchez is basically the reverse of A.J. Puk. A starting pitcher who turned into a relief pitcher. Sixto was a former top starting pitching prospect with the Philadelphia Phillies, who was the centerpiece of a trade that lives in infamy. It's definitely not looking any better years later and especially now.

Sixto just couldn't stay healthy since 2020, when he debuted on the Major League roster with a 3.46 ERA/3.50 FIP, with 7.6 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 7 games and 39.0 innings pitched. At the time, it looked as if the Miami Marlins were about to have a new top of the rotation arm. Regrettably, that of course did not happen.

How did Sixto do in his return to the Major Leagues? Well... he's in the bullpen now and not doing particularly good. He currently has an 7.11 ERA/6.20 FIP, with 4.3 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 5 games and 5.1 innings pitched. It's a very small sample size, but it looks as far from promising as it can possible be.

It's clear that Sixto Sanchez is no longer a starting pitcher, and I don't see the Miami Marlins ever giving him that shot again. If he can't even become a decent reliever, he's certainly on his way out after the season.

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