23-year old righty starting pitcher Jose Fernandez has been lights out so far this year for the Miami Marlins. Fernandez has pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 9-3 with a 2.36 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP! He has only given up 60 hits and 27 walks while whiffing 125 batters in only 87 2/3 innings so far this year! Fernandez has now pitched in 61 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Marlins and he is 31-12 with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He has really been amazing at home in his career. He has pitched in 34 games (all starts) at Marlins Park so far in his career and he is 23-1 with a 1.48 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP! He has only given up 137 hits and 58 walks while whiffing 268 batters in only 218 1/3 innings at home! Fernandez is one of the very best starting pitchers in all of baseball and the Marlins need him to stay healthy if they are going to make the playoffs in 2016.
The Miami Marlins have released 20-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF K.J. Woods. Woods played in 24 games in A-ball for the Marlins this year and he was 13 of 84 (.155 avg, .483 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. Woods played in 215 games in his four years in the minors for the Marlins and he was 183 of 766 (.239 avg, .712 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 23 homers, 90 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. This isn’t much of a loss for the Marlins was Woods took a big step back this year after having a decent season in 2015.
The Miami Marlins have sent 24-year old lefty starting pitcher Justin Nicolino to AAA. Nicolino has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 2-4 with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He has given up 72 hits (5 homers) and 14 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his first 55 2/3 innings for the Marlins this year. Nicolino has now pitched in 22 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Marlins and he is 7-8 with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. The Marlins have called up 28-year old righty starting pitcher Paul Clemens to replace Nicolino in the starting rotation. Clemens pitched in 14 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Marlins this year and he was 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2014 with the Houston Astros. Clemens has pitched in 48 games (5 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 4-8 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.
No one ever really talks much about 28-year old lefty swinging 1B Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins, but he has been really solid for them the last couple of years. Bour has played in 55 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 44 of 175 (.251 avg, .793 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 10 homers and 32 RBIs. Bour is second on the Marlins in RBIs (32) and he is also #3 in homers (10) so far this year. Bour has now played in 223 games in his first three years with the Marlins and he is 172 of 658 (.261 avg, .790 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 34 homers and 116 RBIs. The Marlins hope that Bour keeps up the good work as he gives their offense balance, due to his pretty strong left handed bat.
The Miami Marlins have signed 25-year old righty reliever Travis Ballew to a minor league deal. Ballew pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for Fargo-Moorhead of the Independent League and he was 1-0 with 4 saves, a 1.64 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Ballew has pitched in 167 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 20-14 with 32 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
20-year old righty swinging outfielder Stone Garrett came into this season as the Miami Marlins‘ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. But he is struggling in the minors so far in 2016. Garrett has played in 35 games in A-ball so far this year for the Marlins and he is 32 of 131 (.244 avg, .753 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 5 homers, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has whiffed 47 times already this year against only 8 walks, so he isn’t showing much discipline at the plate so far this year. Garrett has now played in 133 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 133 of 501 (.265 avg, .771 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 16 homers, 72 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. The Marlins are currently in great shape in the outfield right now, so they can take things slowly with Garrett.
The Miami Marlins have called up 25-year old righty reliever Brian Ellington. Ellington pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Marlins and he was 1-0 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Ellington pitched in 23 games (0 starts) for the Marlins last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. The Marlins have sent 28-year old righty reliever Cody Hall to AAA to make room for Ellington on the roster. Hall has pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.
26-year old righty swinging RF Giancarlo Stanton is in a deep slump right now and it’s hurting the Miami Marlins. Stanton got off to a hot start in April for the Marlins, playing in 21 games in which he was 20 for 79 (.253 avg, .944 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 8 homers and 19 RBIs. Since May 1st, Stanton has played in 26 games in which he is only 14 of 89 (.157 avg) with 9 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs. Stanton has now played in 47 games overall for the Marlins this year and he is 34 of 168 (.202 avg, .771 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 12 homers and 27 RBIs. He has also walked 28 times while whiffing an amazingly awful 68 times so far this years. Despite his struggles in May, Stanton is still the Marlins’ team leader in homers. He is also second on the team in RBIs and third on the team in runs scored. The Marlins can really take off, if Stanton starts hitting like he can again!
The Miami Marlins have sent 24-year old righty reliever/starter Jose Urena to AAA. Urena has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 7.52 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. He has now pitched in 36 games (9 starts) in his first two years with the Marlins and he is 2-6 with 1 save, a 5.82 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. The Marlins have called up 28-year old righty reliever Cody Hall to replace Urena on the pitching staff. Hall has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Marlins and Diamondbacks in which he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 6.50 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.
The Miami Marlins have designated 32-year old righty reliever Edwin Jackson for assignment. Jackson pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Marlins this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He has now pitched in 348 games (262 starts) in his first 14 years in the show and he is 88-108 with 1 save, a 4.59 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. The Marlins have activated Mike Dunn to replace Jackson in the bullpen. Dunn pitched in 3 games (2 starts) in A-ball on a rehab assignment and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP. He has pitched in 354 games (0 starts) in his first five years with the Marlins and he is 20-24 with 4 saves, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.
UPDATE: (6/3/2016) – The Marlins have released Edwin Jackson.