The Marlins overcame a Covid-19 outbreak that saw 18 players head to the injured list and beat all preseason expectations to emerge as a playoff club in this year’s expanded format. Miami has finalized its roster for their Wild Card Series showdown against the NL Central champion Cubs — the Marlins’ first postseason appearance since way back in 2003. Here’s how the roster breaks down:
- Sandy Alcantara (Game 1 starter)
- Brad Boxberger
- Yimi Garcia
- James Hoyt
- Pablo Lopez (Game 3 starter)
- Brandon Kintzler
- Nick Neidert
- Sixto Sanchez (Game 2 starter)
- Ryne Stanek
As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro points out (via Twitter), the Marlins are carrying a hefty seven rookies on their roster — all of whom made their Major League debut in 2020. That list includes each of Sixto Sanchez, Nick Neidert, Braxton Garrett, Trevor Rogers, Jazz Chisholm, Lewin Diaz and Monte Harrison. All seven players are considered potential long-term pieces on what has become one of the youngest clubs in the big leagues.
Miami’s roster might have looked a bit different had right-hander Jose Urena not sustained a broken forearm when he was hit by a comeback line drive last week. The 29-year-old Urena hasn’t had much success over the past couple seasons but would likely have been included as a long relief option. That role will presumably fall to former first-rounders Rogers and Garrett now, who were starters during the regular season.
Manager Don Mattingly told reporters today that the Urena injury contributed to the decision to leave veteran Nick Vincent off the roster in favor of multiple long relievers, which he described as difficult choice (Twitter link via Frisaro). The 34-year-old Vincent had a 2.18 ERA for the Marlins before being tagged for six runs in his final two regular-season appearances. Overall, he wrapped up the year with a 4.43 ERA in 22 1/3 frames, although those last couple hiccups skewed what had been a more successful season on the whole.