The Marlins called up Daniel Castano to start today’s game, per Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald (via Twitter). To make room on the roster, Jose Devers was optioned to Triple-A.
Castano has three starts under this belt this season totaling 13 1/3 innings with a 4.73 ERA/5.63 FIP. He was slightly more effective last year with a 3.03 ERA/4.81 FIP across 29 2/3 innings. Castano was part of the Marcell Ozuna trade, coming to Florida with Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen, and Magneuris Sierra.
Devers, just 21 years old, went 2-for-12 with five strikeouts and a sac fly. He is the Marlins’ 25th-ranked prospect per Fangraphs. Baseball America named him as the Marlins prospect with the best hit tool; they rank his as the Marlins’ No. 10 prospect. Like Castano, he was acquired via trade. He came to Miami from the Yankees as part of the 2017 Giancarlo Stanton swap.
In other news, the Marlins are hopeful that young phenom Sixto Sanchez will have his shoulder healed enough to make his season debut in June, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Sanchez has not yet appeared this season after working his way into a role as the Marlins’ No. 3 starter during last season’s playoff run.
So Baseball America ranks Devers at #10 and says he has the best hit tool in the whole system, while FanGraphs has him ranked all the way down at 25? Which prospect website are we to believe here…or are both just as likely to be taking shots in the wind?
Even if he’s #10, that’s a pretty sad reflection on the hitting prospects in their system…either that or they are absolutely loaded with pitching
The Marlins are indeed pretty loaded in pitching prospects. Devers is likely to be in the mold of a Kenny Lofton type of player.
Angels should trade 1 or 2 of their offensive prospects for some of their pitching.
Because they consistently have some of the worst pitching in baseball year in and year out. Why wouldn’t they?
Marlins gain an extra year of control keeping Sixto down for at least 109 days. They should do it #smartplay
If Devers has the best hit tool among the Marlins’ prospects, why is he ranked so low by both of the experts(!)? The Marlins should absolutely not trade away any of their crop of young starting pitchers. They are mostly responsible for the team’s initial good showing. The offense? Oh, not so much.
If the Marlins need anything right now it’s a good hitter and an impact bullpen arm. Maybe they can swing a deal with the Pirates for Rodriguez (closer)? As for a hitter, the Rox, D-backs and the Indians have some good hitters. All three are going nowhere this season. Might find them amenable to a swap.