Marlins Add Another Pitcher In Trade With Rockies
The Marlins continue to add pitching in the aftermath of their COVID-19 outbreak.
The Marlins previously claimed LHPs Josh Smith and Brian Moran and RHPs Justin Shafer and Mike Morin off waivers, acquired LHP Richard Bleier and RHP James Hoyt in trades, signed RHP/LHP Pat Venditte as a free agent and signed RHP Brett Eibner and LHP Brandon Leibrandt from independent league teams.
Bleier (triceps) and Morin (elbow) have since been placed on the injured list with arm injuries, joining the 11 Marlins pitchers currently on the 10-day COVID-19-related IL.
Jesus Tinoco, RHP
The Rockies originally acquired Tinoco from the Blue Jays as part of the Troy Tulolwitzki trade in 2015. He represented the Rockies in the Futures Game in 2018 and made his major league debut in 2019, logging a 4.75 ERA in 24 appearances. Tinoco started in the minors, but his likely future is in relief. He dominated during a relief stint in the Arizona Fall League after the season, showing a fastball that sits at 95 mph and a curveball, slider and changeup that are all usable pitches. Issues spinning off in his delivery prevent him from throwing consistent strikes, but he puts the ball over the plate enough to be effective in short stints. If he makes the necessary delivery fixes to improve his control, he has the four-pitch arsenal to start.
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Chad Smith, RHP
An 11th-round pick from Mississippi in 2016, Smith started in college but has been a reliever exclusively in pro ball. He reached Double-A last season and went 2-1, 4.42 with 23 strikeouts and nine walks in 18.1 innings. Smith has a big arm but doesn't always know where the ball is going. He has a mid-90s fastball that has touched 100 mph and draws 70 grades on the 20-to-80 scouting scale from some evaluators, as well as a slider that is a plus pitch on his best days. His command and control are below average, however, sometimes manifesting in walks and other times in him getting too much of the plate. He also lacks an effective pitch against lefties. Evaluators generally consider Smith's arm strength worth taking a flyer on. He will report to the Rockies alternate training site.