Meet the New Miami Marlins

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 07: Jazz Chisholm #82 of the Arizona Diamondbacks smiles for a photo during the spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 07, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Meet the New Miami Marlins

At the trade deadline, the Miami Marlins brought in two top minor league players in separate trades to add to their deep farm system. In the process, they traded away a budding star pitcher to get a player of need. So, let’s meet the new Miami Marlins.

The Zac Gallen Trade

The Marlins traded starting pitcher Zac Gallen to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for shortstop Jazz Chisholm. The Marlins have a lot of young pitching in their organization, so Gallen became expendable. With pitchers like Caleb Smith, Sandy Alcantara, and Jordan Yamamoto already anchoring the rotation, Gallen was moved for Chisholm — who is regarded as a top shortstop prospect.

Jazz Chisholm Scouting Report

Chisholm was signed by the Diamondbacks in July of 2015. He is currently ranked #59 on the MLB.com top 100 prospect list. There is no denying the talent Chisholm possesses. As a result, there is nothing that he can’t do on a baseball field. Whether it’s hitting for power, stealing bases, or showing off his strong arm and excellent range at short, he can do it all. Chisholm’s confidence in his abilities and his talent is evident.

Now for the downside. Chisholm needs to play more under control at times. His strikeout rate is high. He often swings for the fences which contribute to his strikeouts and his .254 career batting average. At times Chisholm lacks concentration.

Bottom line this is a player who has all the talent, skill, and swagger to be a star. He just needs to work on the mental aspect of the game and needs to make some significant adjustments to his plate approach. Chisholm is the kind of player who can go boom or bust.

The Nick Anderson, Trevor Richards Trade

The Marlins acquired outfielder Jesus Sanchez and pitcher Ryne Stanek from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for pitchers Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards. For Miami, this trade was all about getting Sanchez. Sanchez is currently ranked #42 on the MLB.com top 100 prospect list.

Jesus Sanchez Scouting Report

Sanchez is a 21-year-old outfielder. The Rays signed Sanchez as an undrafted amateur free agent in 2014. In five minor league seasons, he has hit 46 home runs to go along with 295 RBI. Sanchez is not just a free-swinger, as his .297 batting average suggests he is a good all-around hitter. He will hit for more power once he adds more muscle to his frame.

Sanchez’s walk total is low, but he does know how to work the count. He can become a middle of the order hitter if he continues to stay patient in the box. Sanchez plays right field and is an above-average defender with a strong arm. He has a very high upside — projected as a 30 home run, .300 batting average middle of the order bat.

Ryne Stanek’s Career

Stanek is a 28-year-old right-handed pitcher. He played three seasons at the University of Arkansas where he went 22-8 and posted a 2.55 ERA. The Rays drafted Stanek in the first round of the 2013 draft. He spent five seasons in the Rays minor league system and went 19-21 with a 3.32 ERA.

Stanek was a starting pitcher in college and early on in his minor league career. However, the Rays converted him into a reliever. He would go on to become the “opener” for the Rays, often starting a game and pitching two innings. Stanek’s record in three major league seasons is 2-5 to go along with a 3.55 ERA.

Ryne Stanek Scouting Report

Stanek throws a high 90’s four-seam fastball and a slider that ranges from the high 80’s into the low 90’s. His secondary pitches are a changeup and a splitter. Stanek will have a hard time cracking the Marlins starting rotation and will probably pitch out of the bullpen. His ability to pitch multiple innings in back to back days will make him a valuable pitcher for the Marlins.

 

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