4:13pm: Miami cleared the lively roster spot by putting Avisail Garcia on the ten-day injured listing with a hamstring concern, tweets Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Garcia has had a tough first season in South Florida, hitting solely .230/.267/.316 via 357 plate appearances.
11:30am: The Marlins are planning to pick the contract of infielder Jordan Groshansreviews Craig Mish of the Miami Herald. Groshans will not be presently on Miami’s 40-man roster, though they have already got a emptiness there. A corresponding transfer shall be required to get Groshans onto the lively roster.
Groshans, 22, is a former first spherical choose of the Blue Jays, getting chosen twelfth general in 2018. He performed 48 video games in rookie ball after that draft and jumped onto Baseball America’s prime 100 listing, coming in at #89 going into 2019. Groshans then went to A-ball and mashed to the tune of .337/.427/.482, though he was restricted to simply 23 video games by a foot damage. BA continued to consider within the outcomes and bumped him all the best way as much as #29 on their listing going into 2020.
After the pandemic worn out the minor leagues that 12 months, Groshans got here into 2021 having solely performed 23 video games over the earlier two years. He spent the 12 months at Double-A and confirmed little rust, at the least by way of placing the bat on the ball, strolling in 10.8% of his plate appearances whereas putting out in simply 19.3% of them. However, a again damage restricted him to 75 video games and appeared to stop him from offering a lot energy. He hit seven lengthy balls in that point however nonetheless put up a wholesome batting line of .291/.367/.450, wRC+ of 124.
Coming into 2022, he slid off of BA’s prime 100 however was nonetheless thought of the #4 prospect in Toronto’s system. Their report complimented his really feel for the strike zone and all-fields method however raised issues about his energy potential and incapability to remain wholesome for a full season. The Jays had Groshans in Triple-A for many of the 12 months, the place he managed to remain wholesome however nonetheless struggled to deliver a lot pop. In 67 video games for the Bisons, he walked at a 12.5% charge and struck out simply 16.5% of the time however went over the fence simply as soon as. That led to a slash line of .250/.348/.296, wRC+ of 81.
The Jays flipped Groshans to the Marlins simply previous to the deadline, getting Anthony Bass, Zach Pop and Edward Duran (as a participant who was named later) in return. Since then, Groshans has performed 31 video games for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, hitting .301/.398/.416. That’s a a lot nicer wanting slash line than what he did in Buffalo, though it contains simply one other two residence runs, bringing his season whole to a few.
Groshans is presently listed because the #9 Marlins prospect at Baseball America, #11 at FanGraphs and #12 at MLB Pipeline. All three reviews spotlight the standard strike zone work however elevate issues in regards to the lack of energy. Whether his profile on the plate proves helpful would possibly rely upon his eventual defensive place. Groshans has primarily been a shortstop in his profession to this point, though he additionally performed elsewhere on the infield. Since buying him, the Marlins have cut up his time virtually evenly between second, third and brief. Most reviews recommend he is higher suited to 3rd base than shortstop, which might imply he’d have to take a step ahead within the energy division. Corner infielders are usually anticipated to supply extra thump than their counterparts up the center, making the general Groshans bundle an uncommon one in the mean time.
For the Marlins, they got here into this season with designs on competing. Their pitching was in good condition however they knew they wanted to enhance the lineup, including Jorge Soler, Avisail Garcia, Joey Wendle and Jacob Stallings. Unfortunately, all 4 of that group have fallen wanting expectations, with a lot of Miami’s in-home choices additionally struggling. The group as a complete has hit .229/.294/.361 for a wRC+ of 86 that is twenty seventh within the majors. That’s an enormous motive why the membership has limped to a 58-83 file this 12 months and is properly out of rivalry.
With nearly three weeks left on the schedule, the Fish can use that point to judge some youthful gamers earlier than deciding on their offseason plan of assault. Groshans will step into an infield combine that features Wendle, Jon Berti, Brian Anderson, Miguel Rojas, Garrett Cooper and Charles Leblanc. There’s additionally Jazz Chisholm Jr.who will not return this season on account of a again damage however figures to be the common second baseman subsequent 12 months.
For Groshans, it is attainable that the prolonged absences from the pandemic and his accidents have prevented him from moving into a great grove and he is nonetheless blossoming. He’s additionally nonetheless simply 22 years previous, turning 23 in November, giving him time to develop totally different aspects of his sport. For a Marlins membership that is been looking for offense for fairly a while, they are going to be hoping he can discover that further gear. With Wendle, Anderson, Rojas and Cooper all slated without spending a dime company after 2023, there may very well be loads of openings for an extended-time period job if he does.