So Who Made The Roster? A Lot Of Marlins Experiencing Opening Day For The First Time

By Jordan McPherson

BALTIMORE

The Miami Marlins, ahead of their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles that starts Tuesday, have made known the roster moves to replace the 18 players who tested positive for COVID-19 over an eight-day stretch in Philadelphia.

Fair warning: It’s a lot.

The Marlins will be placing 14 players on the injured list Tuesday, officially for unspecified reasons because teams don’t have to directly say a player is out due to COVID-19. Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill did not name the players going on the IL yet.

Those 14 join outfielder Harold Ramirez, first baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper, pitcher Jose Urena and catcher Jorge Alfaro on the IL. Second baseman Isan Diaz is also on the restricted list after opting out of the season on Friday.

There is no set maximum or minimum time limit that a player has to spend on the newly implemented COVID-19 Related IL.

As a result, the team has publicly named 16 players so far who were not on the active roster or part of the taxi squad for the series against the Phillies who will be part of the roster when they resume play.

The new additions, with brief insight on each, are below. They are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Infielder Eddy Alvarez : Alvarez, a Miami native and former speedskater who won a silver medal at the 2014 Olympics, hit .323 in Triple A last year and was one of the Marlins’ more consistent hitters during summer camp. He can play second base, shortstop and third base.

Pitcher Richard Bleier : The Marlins acquired Bleier, a South Florida native and South Plantation alumnus, in a trade with the Orioles on Saturday. He has a career 2.99 ERA and has given up just one hit while striking out four in three innings this season.

Outfielder Lewis Brinson : Brinson’s pivotal third season with the Marlins will now get underway after an unanticipated delay. He missed the first week of summer camp for undisclosed reasons and has been working in Jupiter since. Brinson, who had a combined .189 batting average over the past two seasons with more strikeouts (194) than hits (115), needs to show the Marlins quickly that he can be of value to the club or else he’ll likely be passed over by the wave of up-and-coming outfielders in the team’s minor-league system.

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Infielder Logan Forsythe : The 33-year-old Forsythe is a career .246 hitter with 70 home runs, 305 RBI and 387 runs scored. Defensively, he has primarily played second and third base over 958 career games but also has experience at first base and shortstop as well as 11 starts in the outfield.

Pitcher Jorge Guzman : Guzman, obtained as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade, is the Marlins’ No. 19 overall prospect and hasn’t pitched above Double A. His fastball hovers around 95-98 mph and can hit triple digits. He still has to improve his command.

Outfielder Monte Harrison : Harrison, the Marlins’ ninth-ranked prospect, was one of the final roster cuts heading into Opening Day. He can hit for average and power, and the Marlins believe he’ll be one of their top defenders in the outfield.

Pitcher James Hoyt : Acquired for cash considerations from the Cleveland Indians, Hoyt has made 74 career relief appearances, going 2-1 with 4.16 ERA and 104 strikeouts against 26 walks.

Outfielder Matt Joyce : The Marlins signed Joyce this offseason and anticipated him being a platoon starter in right field, but he started the season on the IL and wasn’t active during summer camp leading up to the season.

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway : The 32-year-old and former sixth-round pick by the Boston Red Sox has played in 151 career MLB games. He is a career .211 hitter with nine home runs and 50 RBI. He is a five-time minor-league All-Star and has hit .275 with 121 homers and 525 RBI over 885 minor-league games.

Pitcher Brian Moran : Moran, a 31-year-old lefty, made his MLB debut with the Marlins last September and posted a 4.26 ERA in 10 games out of the bullpen.

Pitcher Mike Morin : The 29-year-old has appeared in 238 career games across six MLB seasons. He has a 4.65 ERA and has struck out 192 batters while walking 59 in 224 2/3 innings.

Pitcher Justin Shafer : An eighth-round pick by the Blue Jays in 2014, Shafer has appeared in 40 games out of the bullpen over the past two years. He has a career 3.45 ERA with 41 strikeouts over 48 innings. Opponents have hit .253 against him.

Pitcher Josh A. Smith : The 32-year-old righty and Margate native has been with the club since spring training. He has appeared in 85 career games over four seasons, most recently with the Red Sox last year.

Pitcher Josh D. Smith : The Marlins’ second Josh Smith, a 30-year-old lefty, finished last season with Miami after making his MLB debut with the Cleveland Indians earlier in the year. He played in 14 games total, giving up nine earned runs in 12 1/3 innings (6.39 ERA).

Pitcher Nick Vincent : The Marlins signed Vincent to a minor-league deal shortly before summer camp started. The 34-year-old has played in 384 career games over eight big-league seasons, compiling a 3.32 ERA.

Pitcher Jordan Yamamoto : Yamamoto started 15 games as a rookie for the Marlins last year, going 4-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 78 2/3 innings. He was optioned to the team’s alternate training site in Jupiter shortly before the season started after Elieser Hernandez won the final spot in the Marlins’ starting pitching rotation.

This story was originally published August 3, 2020 5:05 PM.

Source : https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article244662262.html

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