4:13pm: Miami cleared the energetic roster spot by inserting avisail garcia on the 10-day injured listing with a hamstring difficulty, tweet 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 groshansstudies Craig Mish of the Miami Herald. Groshans isn’t at the moment on Miami’s 40-man roster, although they have already got a emptiness there. A corresponding transfer will probably be required to get Groshans onto the energetic roster.
Groshans, 22, is a former first spherical decide 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, although it was restricted to simply 23 video games by a foot harm. BA continued to imagine within the outcomes and bumped him all the way in which 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, not less than when it comes to placing the bat on the ball, strolling in 10.8% of his plate appearances whereas putting out in simply 19.3% of them. Nonetheless, a again harm restricted him to 75 video games and appeared to forestall 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-about the #4 prospect in Toronto’s system. Their report complimented his really feel about him for the strike zone and all-fields strategy 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 did handle to remain wholesome however nonetheless struggled to carry 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 is a a lot nicer trying slash line than what he did in Buffalo, although it consists of simply one other two house runs, bringing his season whole to a few.
Groshans is at the moment listed because the #9 Marlins prospect at Baseball America, #11 at FanGraphs and #12 at MLB Pipeline. All three studies spotlight the standard strike zone work however increase issues concerning the lack of energy. Whether or not his profile on the plate proves helpful may depend upon his eventual defensive place. Groshans has primarily been a shortstop in his profession so far, although 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 counsel studies he is higher suited to 3rd base than shortstop, which might imply he’d must take a step ahead within the energy division. Nook infielders are usually anticipated to supply extra thump than their counterparts up the center, making the general Groshans package deal an uncommon one for the time being.
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. Sadly, all 4 of that group has fallen wanting expectations, with lots of Miami’s in-house choices additionally struggling. The crew as a complete has hit .229/.294/.361 for a wRC+ of 86 that is twenty seventh within the majors. That is a giant cause why the membership has limped to a 58-83 file this 12 months and are effectively out of competition.
With nearly three weeks left on the schedule, the Fish can use that point to guage 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 because of a again harm 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 entering into an excellent grove and he is nonetheless blossoming. He is additionally nonetheless simply 22 years outdated, turning 23 in November, giving him time to develop completely different sides of his recreation. For a Marlins membership that is been looking for offense for fairly a while, they are going to be hoping he can discover that additional gear. With Wendle, Anderson, Rojas and Cooper all slated without spending a dime company after 2023, there might be loads of openings for a long-term job if he does.