Marlins Strikes: Zastryzny, Bender
The Marlins bought the contract of left-hander Rob Zastryzny from the Lengthy Island Geese of the impartial Atlantic League on Tuesday. The Geese introduced the transfer, including that Zastryzny will report back to the Marlins’ prolonged spring coaching web site. The Marlins additionally chosen the contract of righty Anthony Bender, as Craig Mish of SportsGrid first reported.
The 29-year-old Zastryzny joined the Geese again in March, however he exited earlier than ever throwing a pitch for the crew. Previous to signing with the Geese, the previous second-round decide (2013) appeared within the bigs from 2016-18 with the Cubs, who drafted him. He additionally had stints with the Dodgers and Orioles, although he didn’t make it to the majors with both of these organizations.
Throughout his time in Chicago, the soft-tossing Zastryzny logged 34 2/Three innings and posted a 4.41 ERA with a 51.5 % groundball charge, a 20.1 % strikeout charge and a 10.Four % stroll charge. Zastryzny was powerful on lefties as a Cub, holding them to a pitiful .154/.313/.154 line, however righties teed off on him for a .330/.387/.468 mark. In his most up-to-date skilled motion, the 2019 marketing campaign, Zastryzny racked up 113 frames between the Dodgers’ Double-A and Triple-A associates. He managed a 5.58 ERA with 104 strikeouts towards 38 walks that 12 months.
As for the 26-year-old Bender, he noticed motion within the minors with the Royals and Brewers from 2016-19. Whereas Bender notched a rock-solid 3.30 ERA in that 239 2/3-inning stretch, he solely threw 5 2/Three frames above the Excessive-A stage. Bender spent final season with the Milwaukee Milkmen of the American Affiliation, after which Miami took a flyer on him on a minors contract over the winter.
After becoming a member of the Marlins, Bender held his personal in spring coaching with eight 1/Three scoreless innings, flashing a 97 mph sinker and a high-spin slider, as Ely Sussman of Fish Stripes factors out. Due to Bender’s intriguing repertoire, FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen ranks him because the Marlins’ 32nd-best prospect and writes that he might flip into one in all their common center relievers as early as this season.