Marlins Signal Nick Vincent, Add No. Three Choose Max Meyer To 60-Man Pool
The Marlins have signed veteran right-handed reliever Nick Vincent to a minor league contract and can add him to the group’s 60-player pool, president of baseball ops Michael Hill advised reporters Monday (Twitter hyperlink through the Miami Herald’s Jordan McPherson). They’ll additionally add infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez as soon as a minor league deal to re-sign him has been wrapped up. Maybe of most curiosity to Fish followers, although, is that No. Three total decide Max Meyer shall be added to the pool as nicely. That trio of strikes will fill the Marlins’ preliminary pool.
Vincent, 33, had some uncharacteristic struggles with the Giants a 12 months in the past when he posted an unsightly 5.58 ERA in 30 2/Three innings. A strained pectoral muscle could have been guilty, although, as Vincent was sharp for his first six weeks with San Francisco (2.25 ERA in his first 24 frames) earlier than imploding over the following two weeks and ultimately touchdown on the injured record. By the point he was healed up, the Giants opted to easily reduce him free. He caught on with the Phillies and yielded simply three runs in 14 innings with a 17-to-Four Ok/BB ratio to shut out the 12 months.
From 2012-18, Vincent was quietly a really efficient reliever. Over the lifetime of 332 innings with the Padres and Mariners in that point, he compiled a powerful 3.17 ERA and three.09 FIP with 9.Zero Ok/9, 2.2 BB/9 and 0.78 HR/9. Comfortable-tossing, excessive fly-ball righties aren’t precisely en vogue nowadays — Vincent averages 89.7 mph on his fastball and has a profession 33.9 p.c grounder fee — however there’s no denying Vincent’s stable observe document. And if he does make his strategy to the Miami ’pen, their spacious dwelling park ought to assist to maintain these airborne balls within the yard.
The 35-year-old Rodriguez can play nearly wherever on the diamond and has sometimes been a stable, albeit unspectacular bat towards left-handed pitching. That makes him a pleasant potential bench bat for a membership with an expanded roster in 2020, although. Rodriguez’s 2017-18 seasons have been ruined by an offseason automobile accident in 2016 that finally led to shoulder surgical procedure, however he turned issues round to an extent final 12 months. After batting .167/.277/.305 within the wake of that automobile crash, he logged a .233/.348/.375 line with Philadelphia in 2019.
Meyer, 21, is likely one of the finest pitchers within the historical past of the College of Minnesota. The now-former Gopher ace was lengthy anticipated to be a prime 10 decide, however the Marlins nonetheless stunned some pundits by passing over fellow faculty arms like Asa Lacy and Emerson Hancock in addition to Vanderbilt third baseman Austin Martin in an effort to scoop up Meyer third total earlier this month. With a triple-digit fastball, a plus slider and a profession 2.13 ERA and 187-to-41 Ok/BB ratio in 148 faculty innings, it’s simple to see why the Marlins have been so enamored of Meyer although.
Many scouting studies on Meyer picked him to be among the many quickest gamers to achieve the Majors from this 12 months’s draft — if not the quickest. The Athletic’s Keith Legislation even steered that some golf equipment could be bullish sufficient to assume that Meyer may pitch within the Majors as quickly as this season, though that accelerated timeline would burn a 12 months of management and repair for the Marlins even though they’re not anticipated to contend. Something can occur in a shorter season, although, so if the Fish do get out to a torrid begin, maybe they’ll be emboldened to convey Meyer as much as the massive leagues in an effort to bolster their employees.