MLB suspends Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins for the next 80 games

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 5:59 am

28-year old lefty swinging 2B Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins has been suspended for 80 games due to testing positive for PEDs.  He has played in 21 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 25 of 94 (.266 avg, .629 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Gordon played in 145 games in his first season with the Marlins last year and he was 205 of 615 (.333 avg, .776 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 4 homers, 46 RBIs and 58 stolen bases.  He was an All-Star and he won both a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award in 2015.  He led the National League in batting average with a .333 mark in 2015.  He also led the Major League in both hits (205) and stolen bases (58) in 2015.  The Marlins will likely turn to 26-year old lefty swinging Derek Dietrich and 27-year old righty swinging Miguel Rojas at 2B for the next 80 games.  Dietrich has played in 16 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 9 for 28 (.321 avg, 1.013 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Rojas has played in 14 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 4 of 18 (.222 avg, .528 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  This is a HUGE blow to the Marlins, as Gordon was the guy that made the offense go.

The Miami Marlins have sent Nick Wittgren to the minors

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 3:00 pm

The Miami Marlins have sent 24-year old righty reliever Nick Wittgren to AAA.  Wittgren pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50.  He will go back to AAA, where he has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in which he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  The Marlins have replaced Wittgren on the pitching staff with lefty starting pitcher Justin Nicolino.

Adam Conley is not off to a good start in 2016 for the Miami Marlins

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 April 2016 at 6:34 am

25-year old lefty starting pitcher Adam Conley is not off to a good start in 2016 for the Miami Marlins.  Conley has started 4 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 5.12 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has given up 21 hits (3 homers), 8 walks and he has 21 whiffs in his first 19 1/3 innings so far this year.  Conley has now pitched in 19 games (15 starts) in his first two years with the Marlins and he is 4-2 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Conley has good enough stuff to succeed in the show, he just needs to start pitching better.

The Miami Marlins have sent Jarred Cosart to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 6:46 pm

The Miami Marlins have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Jarred Cosart to AAA.  Cosart has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 7.98 ERA and a 2.11 WHIP.  He has given up 16 hits and he has walked 15 batters while whiffing 8 in his 14 2/3 inning for the Marlins this year!  Cosart has now pitched in 27 games (26 starts) in his first three years with the Marlins and he is 6-10 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  The Marlins will call up 24-year old lefty Justin Nicolino tomorrow to replace Cosart in the rotation.  Nicolino has pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Marlins this year and he is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He got his first taste of the majors in 2015 and he pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Marlins and he was 5-4 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

The Miami Marlins place Martin Prado on Paternity Leave

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 3:22 pm

The Miami Marlins have placed 32-year old righty swinging 3B Martin Prado on Paternity Leave.  Prado has played in 14 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 17 of 50 (.340 avg, .802 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.  The Marlins will turn to 26-year old lefty swinging Derek Dietrich at 3B until Prado is ready to return to action.  Dietrich has played in 12 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 5 for 17 (.294 avg, 1.017 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  The Marlins have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Cody Ege to replace Prado on the active roster.  Ege has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.36 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  Ege has now pitched in 107 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 14-4 with 7 saves, a 2.23 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Ege has not pitched in the show to this point in his career.

Ichiro Suzuki is closing in on history for the Miami Marlins

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 5:23 pm

42-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is closing in on history for the Miami Marlins.  He played in 153 games for the Marlins in 2015 and he was 91 of 398 (.229 avg, .561 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  But the Marlins re-signed him over the winter to a 1-year deal they want him to get his 3,000th career hit with them.  He started this year with 2,935 of them.  Ichiro has played in 10 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 7 for 18 (.389 avg, .894 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Ichiro has now played in 2,367 games in his first 16 years in the show and he is 2,942 of 9,380 (.314 avg, .762 OPS) with 1,351 runs scored, 113 homers, 739 RBIs and 499 stolen bases.  Ichiro is slowing down as a player, but he is still fun to watch!

The Miami Marlins DFA Chris Narveson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 11:53 am

The Miami Marlins have designated 34-year old lefty reliever Chris Narveson for assignment.  Narveson pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Marlins this year and he was 1-0 with a 8.64 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 118 games (65 starts) in his first 8 years in the show and he is 30-19 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  The Marlins have called up 24-year old righty starting pitcher Jose Urena to replace Narveson in the pen.  Urena has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Marlins this year and he is 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He pitched in 20 games (9 starts) for the Marlins in his first taste of the majors in 2015 and he was 1-5 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (4/25/2016) – Narveson has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.

The Miami Marlins place Edwin Jackson on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at 5:17 pm

The Miami Marlins have placed 32-year old righty reliever Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18th, due to a strained right triceps muscle.  Jackson has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  The Marlins have called up 24-year old righty reliever Nick Wittgren to replace Jackson in the bullpen.  Wittgren came into this season as the Marlins’ #26 prospect according to Baseball America.  Wittgren pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Marlins this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  Wittgren has now pitched in 184 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 8-14 with 80 saves, a 2.33 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  This will be Wittgren’s first shot at pitching in the show.

Christian Yelich keeps rolling along for the Miami Marlins

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 7:56 am

24-year old lefty swinging LF Christian Yelich continues to be one of the more underrated players in baseball for the Miami Marlins.  Yelich has played in 10 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 12 for 34 (.353 avg, 1.040 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has also walked 11 times already this year, as he is showing a great eye at the plate.  This is Yelich’s 4th year in the show and he has played in 342 games in which he is 389 of 1,332 (.292 avg, .779 OPS) with 197 runs scored, 21 homers, 118 RBIs and 48 stolen bases.  He is also a really good defensive outfielder, as he won a Gold Glove Award in 2014 for the Marlins.  The Marlins’ offense should start purring in the near future with Gordon and Yelich at the top of the lineup.

The Miami Marlins DFA Dustin McGowan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 17 April 2016 at 10:03 am

The Miami Marlins have designated 34-year old righty reliever Dustin McGowan for assignment.  McGowan pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Marlins this year and he was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 178 games (69 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 26-30 with 1 save, a 4.67 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  The Marlins have called up 25-year old righty reliever Kyle Barraclough to replace McGowan in the bullpen.  Barraclough pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he was 1-0 with 1 save, a 1.50 ERA and a 0.50 WHIP.  He pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the majors for the Marlins last year and he was 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Barraclough should have never been in the minors to begin with this year.

UPDATE:  (4/21/2016) – McGowan has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.  He will have a couple of days to either accept the assignment or reject it and become a free agent.

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