The Marlins have selected the contract of right-hander Cody Poteet, relays Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. To create 40-man roster space, Miami designated righty Luís Madero for assignment. Poteet will start tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks.
Poteet, 26, is now in line to make his MLB debut. Miami’s fourth-round pick out of UCLA in 2015, he’s pitched to a 3.84 ERA over six minor-league seasons. Poteet carved up the low minors but has only managed a 4.02 ERA with an underwhelming 18.6% strikeout rate in 203 2/3 Double-A frames. He has a 5.28 ERA with a similar strikeout percentage in eleven Triple-A starts. While Poteet hasn’t overpowered minor-league hitters, he does have a solid track record of throwing strikes, with a 7.4% walk rate in the minors.
Madero will lose his 40-man spot to accommodate Poteet’s selection. The 24-year-old was himself just selected to the roster last weekend. Madero has tossed his first three MLB innings this season, allowing five runs on six hits with a strikeout and walk apiece. The Marlins will have a week to trade him, place him on outright waivers, or release him. As a player who has previously been outrighted in his career, Madero has the right to refuse a minor-league assignment if he clears waivers.