The Miami Marlins (8-10) traveled to San Francisco to start a 10-game, 12-day road trip. In the wake of Miami’s series split with the Orioles, the Marlins dealt with mounting injuries concerns that continue to challenge the team’s depth. The latest injury resulted in third baseman Brian Anderson landing on the 10-day IL. To fill his spot on the active roster, the Marlins called up 21-year-old shortstop Jose Devers.
Injuries Challenge Marlins Depth
Over the last week, the Marlins have lost three regular starters from their lineup: centerfielder Starling Marte, catcher Jorge Alfaro and Anderson. These difficult loses couple with the fact that Miami is missing two-fifths of their expected starting rotation (Sixto Sanchez and Elieser Hernandez).
“Injuries are beating us up now,” Mattingly said Tuesday after Alfaro’s injury. After Wednesday’s game, Mattingly revealed Anderson and Garrett Cooper were “a little nicked up.” He said the team needed to be “a little cautious” with their position players to get everyone back to 100 percent.
Although Cooper made a pinch-hit appearance during Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Giants, Anderson landed on the IL.
It would seem they weren’t too cautious with Anderson, who should have been placed on the IL prior to the team’s trip. The Marlins miscalculated Anderson’s health and put themselves in a difficult roster conundrum. The unfortunate reality remains this roster sports a pair of Rule 5 pitchers (Paul Campbell and Zach Pop), and now two players (Jose Devers and Jordan Holloway) who have a total of 2.1 innings of experience above A-ball. That’s not a recipe for success at this level.
Jose Devers Joins Marlins
Jose Devers came to the Marlins as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade with the New York Yankees. His primary position remains shortstop, but Devers can also play second base. He also saw time at third this Spring. Although this will be his first taste of MLB action, he owns a .278/.339/.348 slash line with one home run and 37 stolen bases over 784 minor league plate appearances.
MLB Pipeline lists Devers as Miami’s No. 8 prospect, while Baseball American ranks him 10th. He added weight since his 2019 run at High-A and projects as a plus hitter who consistently makes solid contact. He sported 15 percent strikeout rate in 2019, so those bat-to-ball skills should come in handy.
“Jose’s going to be fine and give us good at-bats when he’s in there,” Mattingly said Thursday. “He’s going to be a good player.”
Devers spent time with the Marlins as part of the taxi squad during the 2020 playoff run. He called it “a great experience” when asked about it this spring.
Devers’ promotion comes as a surprise, considering some of the other prospects playing at the team’s alternate site. He was the only position player available on the taxi squad. Among those fans assumed would get a call prior to Devers are Isan Diaz and perhaps, considering the current hole is at third base, even Joe Dunand.
Marlins GM Kim Ng addressed Diaz’s situation during her media availability this week. “[Isan’s] been up there, getting his at-bats,” she said. “He’s trying to keep himself ready, ready for that call, if we need him. He’s playing a lot of second right now, with an occasional day at third.”