Margevicius, 22, has yet to throw a pitch above the High-A level, but he’ll start tonight at home for the Padres against San Francisco. The 2017 7th rounder out of New Jersey’s Rider University stands 6’5 and, per ESPN’s Keith Law, features a plus curveball with “huge spin.” His fastball, graded as “fringe-average” per Law, worked at 88-91 MPH prior to ’17 draft according to Baseball America. Margevicius didn’t crack the deep system’s top 30 prospects at either MLB.com or BA despite outstanding K/BB ratios at both low-A Fort Wayne and high-A Lake Elsinore last season.
It’s a surprise move for San Diego, who’ll slip Margevicius into the rotation’s third slot for the time being, ahead of higher-profile, more-experienced young arms like Logan Allen, Cal Quantrill, and Michel Baez. Perhaps the brass feels as if the lefty has relatively little projection left, at least compared to the aforementioned names, or simply views the southpaw in a more favorable light than the industry consensus.
Brito, 26, was claimed Wednesday from Arizona after a solid (.318/.383/.540) line for AAA-Reno last season. He didn’t figure to have a place in a crowded Padre outfield mix, but the lefty has at times flashed an intriguing skillset.