The Marlins are calling up reliever Sean Reynolds, reports Craig Mish of the Miami Herald. The right-hander is already on the 40-man roster but will be making his major league debut as soon as he gets into a game.
Reynolds, now 25, was drafted by the Marlins as a hitter back in 2016. He didn’t have much success at the plate in his first taste of professional ball and converted to pitching in 2021. He tossed 32 innings over 19 Single-A appearances that year with a 3.09 ERA. Last year, he split his time between High-A and Double-A, tossing 52 1/3 innings with a combined 4.13 ERA, 29.6% strikeout rate and 10.8% walk rate.
Since he was drafted so long ago, Reynolds was eligible for the Rule 5 draft last year. The Marlins decided to give him a roster spot in November in order to prevent him from being selected, showing faith in his recent conversion. This year, he’s been in Double-A and Triple-A, tossing 40 2/3 innings between those two levels with a 2.66 ERA. He’s struck out 27.8% of opponents while walking 11.2% of them.
Reynolds is currently considered the #28 prospect in the Marlins’ system by Baseball America and #23 at FanGraphs. Both outlets highlight his fastball, which averages around 96mph but can hit triple-digits. His curveball and changeup are considered works in progress, but that’s not terribly surprising for a guy who hasn’t been pitching for very long relative to others at these levels.
The reliever might still have a bit of rawness given his unusual trajectory, but he brings plenty of intrigue with his velocity and 6’8″ frame. The Fish will give him a chance to try to get outs at the big league level and see how it goes. The club currently holds the top Wild Card spot in the National League and will likely be looking for bullpen upgrades at the deadline like all contenders, but the performance of their in-house options could perhaps influence the aggressiveness of that pursuit.