Marlins Designate Elih Villanueva For Assignment

The Marlins designated right-hander Elih Villanueva for assignment to create 40-man roster space for Greg Dobbs, tweets Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. The Marlins, who finalized their deal with Dobbs earlier today, still have a full 40-man roster.

Villanueva, 25, started one game for the Marlins last year, allowing eight earned runs in three innings. He spent most of the season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he posted a 5.35 ERA with 5.7 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 165 innings. The Marlins selected Villanueva in the 27th round of the 2008 draft.


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6 Comments on "Marlins Designate Elih Villanueva For Assignment"


elscorcho the marlin
3 years 7 months ago

for a while they (marlins front office) were selling fans on how good he was going to be.  sad it didn’t work out. 

formerdraftpick
3 years 7 months ago

If I were the Pirates, I would stake claim.

ludafish
3 years 7 months ago

this means he can be picked up by another team right?

Jeff
3 years 7 months ago

I haven’t seen Elih pitch since he played for AA Jacksonville but he was real solid then.  I remember reading that he has had to prove doubters wrong at every level so maybe he finally is overmatched at the big league level???

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, but his Triple-A numbers weren’t impressive either. The only reason he was called up was for an emergency start, and Philadelphia rocked him.

formerdraftpick
3 years 7 months ago

It reminds me of that other guy who sucked in his first start.  Horrible pitcher.  He pitched 3 innings, gave up 5 runs and had a bloated 15.00 for an ERA.  His name was Nolan Ryan.  Good thing he didn’t pitch today because he would have been written off after his first appearance in the bigs.