The Miami Marlins made some roster moves today and have to deal with an injury to a top prospect. There's already some news on The Fish's potential top catching target. On the plus side, MLB.com is finally putting The Fish just slightly below the top 10. So what happened? How did the bullpen get shaken up? Let's go over the latest news...
The Miami Marlins made a few transactions today.
Let's start with Minor League LHP Dax Fulton. Remember him? The top prospect has an elbow injury and will now miss the rest of the 2023 season. This is very alarming as he's already had a few injuries in his short career. I'm now worried if he'll ever make it to the Major Leagues as a starting pitcher, or if his future will now have to be in the bullpen. This is also a blow to the Miami Marlins Minor League system.
In other news, the Miami Marlins demoted relief pitcher Huascar Brazoban down to the Minors. The 33 year old is a late-bloomer and has a 4.01 ERA/4.01 FIP in 28 games and 33.2 innings pitched. He also has a great 9.9 K/9 and a poor 4.8 BB/9. The righty will likely be back at some point this season.
Who is Brazoban's relationship? 30 year old right hander Archie Bradley is bout to make his debut with the team. Bradley has a career 3.92 ERA/3.71 FIP with 9.0 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9. Last season the righty pitched for the Los Angeles Angels, and produced a 4.82 ERA/3.33 FIP with 7.2 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9. He seems to be in decline, but he was relatively effected for the Miami Marlins in the Minor Leagues. He has a 2.95 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 9 games and 18.1 innings pitched there.
I don't expect Archie Bradley to be a late inning arm, but he should be an upgrade over Huascar Brazoban and bring some experience to the bullpen. Finally, starting pitcher Trevor Rogers has been transferred to the 60-day IL. Luckily, it seems to be a technicality and not a sign of a longer recovery at this time.