The Marlins started off the month on a strong note. On May 4th they took down the division leading Braves in extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th with two outs Starling Marte singled, then stole second. Erik Kratz followed that with a single to score Marte and win the game. They would go on to sweep the Braves and take the division lead – briefly.
Late in the month, Jorge Alfaro sustained an injury. I am comfortable with Erik Kratz as a backup catcher, but not to fill the position for any substantial amount of time. My minor league catching options are not great. I looked to free agency and Evan Gattis was still available. However, he wanted a five year deal which I was unwilling to give him.
I turned to the trade block and the Twins had my kind of player available. Willians Astudillo was listed, not only would he be a solid backup catcher – he was also incredibly versatile.
|Chase Whitley||29||79||C||Twins||Willians Astudillo||27||75||C||B|
I had to give up a starting pitcher from my rotation, but I was OK with moving on from Chase Whitley – he has been awful this year. He is currently 2-6 with a 7.65 ERA. Maybe a move to the A.L. will do him some good (probably not).
That left me with a hole in my pitching rotation. I traded away my #4 starter in Whitley.
Back to the trade block.
A division rival had a starting pitcher listed that could help me out. The Braves had Julio Teheran on the block. I inquired to see what I would have to give up – they wanted Delino Deshields Jr. Damn. I love DDJ. He is really nice to have off the bench. I can’t get tied to player that I like though, I need to look at what is best for my team. Teheran is having a solid season 2-2 with a 3.22 ERA. This is a no-brainer – I also steal one of the better pitchers from a division rival.
This turned into a bigger deal from there.
I have needed a better leadoff hitter and Starling Marte has been struggling for me. I saw if they were interested in including Ender Inciarte for Marte. I also wanted to beef up my infield – Devon Travis has not been great. I asked them to include Johan Camargo as well. That got us close – I threw in a prospect.
Here is where the trade ended up:
|Delino Deshields Jr.||26||75||B||Braves||Julio Teheran||28||80||SP||B|
|Starling Marte||30||85||B||Ender Inciarte||28||83||CF||B|
|Daryl Meredith||20||61||D||Johan Camargo||25||80||3B||B|
With this trade, I took on a bit of salary – about $5M more. However, I made the Braves worse. Now my plan is to play Camargo at 2nd, but my rules state that I have to play a player at their primary position, unless there are injuries.
But…what if I don’t have a second baseman on my major league roster?
Let’s get rid of Devon Travis then. I won’t be breaking the rules, I will just be working around them
Now who could I trade for that is a versatile player – and can fill the DDJ role of filling in anywhere in the outfield or infield? Oh yeah, I need to go get my guy back – Chris Taylor.
|Devon Travis||28||76||B||Pirates||Chris Taylor||28||78||CF||B|
Our 2019 salaries went up to $78M from $75M prior to the above trades. The addition of Ender Inciarte also increased our salaries by about $6M for the next couple of seasons.
Incredibly solid month for the marlins at 17-10. The pitching has been phenomenal and ranks at the top of the league in every category.
As it stands we are only 2 games back of the Braves in the division. The Mets are way behind at this point and the Phillies and Nationals are underperforming – considering the money they spent in the offseason.
Chris Archer continues to lead the staff. He is sitting at a 1.51 ERA. Ervin Santana and Trevor Williams are not too far behind, with ERAs at 2.56 and 2.66. Julio Teheran has a 3.30 ERA on the season and Dallas Keuchel is finally coming back to Earth with a 4.11 ERA. Craig Kimbrel has been solid out of the pen, with 14 Saves and a 3.30 ERA.
Our hitting has been OK, and is getting better than during the first month of the season. Ender Inciarte has been a solid addition from the leadoff spot and Johan Carmargo is proving himself as our everyday second baseman. Adalberto Mondesi is struggling with a .228 AVG and only a .259 OBP. I can live with that because his defense is so good. Vladamir Guerrero Jr. only has a .236 AVG, but at least he has a respectable .343 OBP. Kike Hernandez had a rough month and is only at .223 AVG and .307 OBP. I will platoon him with Chris Taylor in Left Field for the time being.
Around the League
Clayton Kershaw is dominating so far, although Kyle Hendricks seems to be doing even better – and should be first in that Cy Young Ranking.
Justin Turner has not cooled down at all from his blazing start to the season.
The Giants have a surprise front-runner in the race for Rookie of the Year. Jimmy Colon is hitting over .400. Vlad Jr. and Tatis Jr. were the frontrunners for this to start the season. Can Colon keep it up as the season progresses?
Players that have been called up have been cycled out of the top prospects list. Brian Chu moved up a couple of spots.
There were a few notable performances down the on the farm. Sandy Alcantara is doing much better after being moved to AA. Bryce Geiger is tearing the cover off of the ball – I may have to find some room for him soon on the Marlins.
- Marshall Daley – RP (AAA): 23.1 IP, 2.31 ERA, 10K
- Sandy Alcantara – SP (AA): 30.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 37K
- Bryce Geiger – 1B (AAA): .352 AVG, 20 RBI
- Clifton Hand – CF (AA): .296 AVG, 11 RBI
Top 50 Prospects:
My Marlins organization owns 12% of the Top 50 Prospects in baseball. Brian Chu leads the group, the rest are as follows:
I will go in depth with the 2019 MLB First Year Player Draft. I will have to decide if I want to target players that can help the squad in the near future – or if I want to go after guys with long-term potential.