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Zac Gallen fue cambiado por prospecto top de Arizona

Zac Gallen debutó este año por los Marlins y ya fue cambiado de organización, luego de enfrascarse en un apasionante duelo de pitcheo la noche del martes ante Jake Odorizzi y los poderosos bates de los Mellizos de Minnesota.

Sergio Romo fue el primero de los Marlins en ser cambiado, y se esperaba que algunos otros veteranos siguieran ese mismo camino, pero nos quedamos con la boca abierta tras el anuncio oficial de lo que había sucedido.

Zac Gallen, el codiciado lanzador que deslumbró a la fanaticada de Miami con sus actuaciones en ligas menores y que luego se estaba ganando el corazón de los seguidores del equipo tras debutar en Grandes Ligas, fue cambiado por quien era el prospecto número uno de los Diamondbacks de Arizona, Jazz Chisholm.

En él, los Marlins de Miami ven a su futuro campocorto, según declaró Mike Hill poco después de que se venciera el plazo para hacer canjes.

Chisholm es un campocorto nacido en Bahamas, que batea a la zurda, con manos rápidas, swing de poder y desplazamientos que recuerdan un poco a Javy Baez, según el reporte de Baseball America.

Comenzó el año como el prospecto número uno de los Diamondbacks, pero su actuación de esta temporada le había hecho caer al tercer puesto. En general, estaba en el puesto 56 del top 100 de esta misma firma antes de comenzar la temporada.

Gallen comenzó esta temporada en el número 72 de este ranking, y tras su gran debut y primeras actuaciones con los Marlins, empezaba a inclinar la balanza a favor de Miami en el cambio que dio salida a Marcell Ozuna.

Ahora, Miami debe esperar por otro prospecto para que se desarrolle y pueda aportar en la temporada que viene, o la de 2021.

Los Marlins esperan que Chisholm rebote y pueda parecerse mas al pelotero que fue en 2018, y que llevó a los Diamondbacks a enviarlo a jugar en la Arizona Fall League.

Estos son sus numeritos hasta este 31 de Julio:

Según Baseball America, Chisholm es un bateador que aún debe mejorar en su contacto, aunque ha demostrado su fuerza, con 18 jonrones en 89 juegos en Doble A.

Tiene las herramientas para ser un gran campocorto, aunque se ve afectado por alguos lapsus mentales que inciden directamente en su consistencia.

En el plato, tiende a hacer swing de gradas y cuando conecta la bola, esta suele viajar bastante lejos. Sin embargo, este approach ha hecho que se vaya muchas veces sin el resultado deseado esta campaña, y de ahí los numeritos que ven arriba.

Con el tiempo se convertirá en un mejor bateador cuando aprenda a batear para todos los sectores del terreno, indican los observadores, y puede incluso llegar a acercarse a un 20-20 en Grandes Ligas.

Haciendo click en este link pueden ver el reporte completo de mitad de temporada de Baseball America.

Trevor Richards y Nick Anderson se van a Tampa

Los Marlins de Miami cambiaron a otros de los brazos que llegaron a ser revelaciones importantes durante los primeros meses de campaña, el abridor Trevor Richards y el relevista Nick Anderson, quienes hasta sonaron como posibles candidatos para representar a los Marlins en el Juego de Estrellas de este año.

A cambio, los Marlins reciben al relevista Ryne Stanek y al jardinero dominicano Jesús Sánchez, quien ya estaba con la sucursal triple A de los Rays.

Estos son los numeritos de Sánchez en su carrera en Ligas Menores:

Stanek se perfila como el cerrador del equipo, y Sanchez es otro toletero zurdo que podría debutar este año en Septiembre.

En Cinco Razones haremos un análisis de los movimientos de los Marlins en este trade deadline. Coming soon…

What Should Marlins do With Surplus of Starting Pitchers in MLB?

The Miami Marlins have one of the strongest starting rotations in baseball. They currently own the 7th best rotation ERA in the league, not just National League, but in all of Major League Baseball. With a 3.92 rotation ERA, they place behind the Rays, Dodgers, Nationals, Reds, Twins, and Astros. 

With the current rotation doing as well as they have, what should the Marlins do when Jose Urena and Pablo Lopez return from the IL?. Personally, I think the Marlins should trade Trevor Richards before/at the deadline. 

Between the staff, Richards has the fourth highest ERA behind Jose Urena, Zac Gallen, and Pablo Lopez. Jose Urena and Pablo Lopez have been on the injured list so they haven’t had a chance to lower their ERAs. Zac Gallen only has twelve major league innings to his name so there’s not much to go off of there. Gallen has shown a lot of promise, just needs to limit his walks.

  • Jose Urena (4.70 ERA)
  • Zac Gallen (4.50 ERA)
  • Pablo Lopez (4.23 ERA) 
  • Trevor Richards (4.18 ERA)

Let’s say Richards has been traded at the deadline, and Urena and Lopez are back from the IL, what should the Marlins do now? Well, there are now seven starting pitchers that could get a rotation spot, but there are only five spots. I say move Urena and Elieser Hernandez to the bullpen.

Urena has the stuff to be in a middle relief type of role and Hernandez already has bullpen experience so I don’t think this is a bad situation

What Could The Rotation Look Like?

Use the rotation that will give the club the best opportunity to win a game, and in my opinion that rotation looks like this:

  • Caleb Smith
  • Sandy Alcantara
  • Jordan Yamamoto
  • Pablo Lopez
  • Zac Gallen

I could make the argument that Yamamoto should be the number one starter or the “Ace” of the staff because of how amazing he has been but he only has 29 innings pitched. As a result, Caleb Smith seemed like the more obvious choice as the front of the rotation pitcher. 

This is a Top 10 in the league rotation, possibly even Top 5. I mean they’re already Top 7 so Top 5 is definitely doable. All the team needs now is some run producing bats and in fact, they’re on their way. A trade for a very highly regarded Cleveland Indian (I won’t say any names) may be possible this offseason if Cleveland decides to sell.

Some impactful free agent bats are also on the Marlins’ radar this offseason as well. Players eligible for free agency this offseason that could be targeted by the Marlins include:

  • Jose Abreu
  • Didi Gregorius 
  • Marcell Ozuna
  • Yasiel Puig
  • Nicholas Castellanos

It’s going to be a fun offseason and the trade deadline is only the beginning. 

Zac Gallen gets first career hit in Marlins loss

Rookie pitcher Zac Gallen made his Marlins Park debut on Wednesday and threw five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in a 7-5 loss to the Washington Nationals.

“I kind of settled in after the second inning,” Gallen said. “I would have liked to have gotten through six with less pitches, but other than that, I think I did OK.”

Gallen started his outing with a strikeout but ended up with two runners on base before Matt Adams lined out to second base to end the inning. He knocked in his first career hit in the third inning and scored on a RBI single by Harold Ramirez.

Gallen cruised all the way to the sixth inning until three straight hits ended his night. Wei-Yin Chen came in relief and a three-run home run by Adams broke open the game for Washington.

“I think ultimately when you get through the lineup a third time, guys have seen enough pitches and they don’t want to get to two strikes or deep into counts,” Gallen said. “They just ambushed a few pitches.”

Marlins manager Don Mattingly believed Gallen deserved to make through the sixth inning after throwing 76 pitches through the first five. However his hand was forced after the Nationals jumped on Gallen.

“Overall, you have to make a call with a young guy like that,” Mattingly said. “Do you let him go five innings and get him out of there and leave it positive, or do you let him keep growing? Obviously, it didn’t go good today but I’m sure he’s going to learn from it.”

One other interesting tidbit about Gallen is that he wears glasses on the mound but takes them off while at the plate. He has a good reason for that.

“The glasses are only because, at nighttime, I can’t see the signs,” Gallen said. “My astigmatism and the shadows. … I probably could use them for hitting, but I don’t wear them every day. It throws me off even more.”

Caleb Smith is one rehab start away from returning from his month long stay from the injured list. One of the trio of young starters (Gallen, Jordan Yamamoto and Elieser Hernandez) will have to return to Triple-A New Orleans in order to make room. What might be the best direction to go is to move Hernandez to the bullpen as a way to fortify an area of need.

Zac Gallen Shows Promise in Marlins/MLB Debut

One of the Marlins’ top pitching prospects in Zac Gallen made his Major League debut last night against the St. Louis Cardinals and he did not disappoint. The Cardinals happen to be his former club that traded him for Marcel Ozuna before the 2018 season and he showed them what they traded.

Gallen Shines

In his five innings of work, Gallen allowed five hits, one earned run, struck out six and walked two. That’s a pretty impressive debut if you ask me. If I’m being honest, that run should’ve never came across to score. Gallen was robbed of strike three call on a pitch that was well inside the zone, but nonetheless, that run came across. Here’s a video of all of Gallen’s six *should’ve been seven* strikeouts. (via @Marlins)

Gallen did get worked into some deep counts against the Cardinals’ hitters which is why he left the game at 99 pitches through his five innings. He did leave with the game tied and when the Marlins came up to bat in the top half of the inning they managed to gain the lead and putting Gallen in line for the win.

Marlins Bullpen Blows Lead… Again.

Unfortunately, the woes of the Marlins’ bullpen continue to spoil the performances of the young pitching staff. Gallen was in line for the win all the way up until the 8th inning when Tayron Guerrero gave up a two-run home run to Tommy Edman. 

That home run happened to be on an 0-2 count and the first of Edman’s career. So good job on that one… Edman couldn’t catch up to the previous four fastballs that Guerrero was throwing to him so why Guerrero threw a center cut slider is beyond me. (via @Cardinals)

Riddle Saves The Day

Despite the bullpen blowing yet another lead, J.T Riddle was the hero the Marlins needed. He blasted a two-run home run off of Cardinals’ reliever Andrew Miller. In a 1-2 count, Miller threw a slider that hung over the middle of the plate and Riddle made him pay with a 400 foot blast to right field. (via @Marlins)

Strange Sequence of Events in the 11th

Things got interesting when the Cardinals got a run across on Sergio Romo and pulled with in one. Yadier Molina is not the fastest guy in the league. It was best that he was pinch ran for by Cardinals’ staring pitcher Jack Flaherty, at least that’s what Cardinals’ manager Mike Shildt thought. 

Flaherty took a standard lead off of second base but wasn’t paying attention. He was then picked off by Sergio Romo to end the threat of the tying run coming across and ended the game in the Marlins’ favor in 11 innings. (via @Marlins)

The Marlins head to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies for tomorrow night’s game. Sandy Alcantara will take the ball for the Marlins and Aaron Nola will take the mound for the Phillies.

Marlins’ Zac Gallen to Make MLB Debut Tomorrow

The Miami Marlins are calling up one of their top pitching prospects in Zac Gallen to pitch in place of Pablo Lopez who will be placed on the injured list. The report came from a reddit post found by @r_LetsGoFish on twitter and was later confirmed by reporter and radio host @Craig Mish.

Gallen has been absolutely dominating the Pacific Coast League which, in all fairness, is known for hitting their home runs. In 91.1 innings this year in Triple-A New Orleans, Gallen has only given up ten home runs to opposing hitters. That’s not his only impressive stat from his time down in Triple-A.

Gallen holds a 9-1 record with a 1.77 ERA in 14 games started for the Baby Cakes. He has a 112 to 17 strikeout to walk ratio and opposing hitters are hitting for a measly .155 average when he’s on the mound.

He’s very effective in limiting traffic on the base paths as he holds a 0.71 WHIP during his tenure in the minors.

Gallen’s last start came on June 14th so the sudden trip to the injured list for Pablo Lopez works out conveniently for Gallen and for the Marlins. He will have had the full five days of rest. Lopez did miss time at the beginning and towards the end of the season last year with a shoulder issue and seems as if he will be placed on the IL with possibly another shoulder issue.

Although not confirmed yet of the extent of the injury, it looks like it will be an unfortunate stay on the injured list for Lopez.

Gallen was traded to the Marlins along with Sandy Alcantara and Magneuris Sierra in the trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis. He is the Marlins’ #5 ranked prospect in their top 30 and we are going to see a glimpse into the future tomorrow night. Who will Gallen be facing tomorrow? None other than his old organization in the Cardinals.

He will go head to head with long time veteran Cardinals’ pitcher Adam Wainwright and it’s going to be a fun one to watch.