Though the Marlins traded off Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez and Mark Buehrle from last season’s staff, they’re receiving slightly better results from this year’s less-heralded — and substantially younger — rotation.
“We all know we’re very talented, this group of guys here,” said Chuck Hernandez, the Marlins’ new pitching coach.
“But I think, more than anything, I am starting to enjoy the consistency, which is the difference in this business.”
Marlins starters rank ninth in the National League with a 3.92 ERA.
That compares with last season’s 4.12 ERA, which ranked 10th.
And with Jacob Turner working his way back from the minors and the recent additions of Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez from the disabled list, the numbers have been steadily improving in recent weeks.
Entering Saturday, Marlins starters had given up three runs or fewer in 21 of the team’s previous 24 games.
The rotation’s ERA of 3.05 during that span ranks third in the majors.
If Tom Koehler is in the rotation after the All-Star break, the average age of the Marlins’ five starters will be 22.8 years, with Koehler being the oldest at 26.
Hernandez cautioned that it’s “early in the process.”
“If they keep grinding it along, there’s going to be a lot of new things they’ll be encountering the deeper we get into the season,” Hernandez said.
Moran takes cuts
Colin Moran, the Marlins’ first-round draft pick, took batting practice Saturday and made a nice impression on the coaching staff.
“You can see what the scouts saw in him,” said manager Mike Redmond, who pitched to Moran.
Moran sprayed line drives to all parts of the field and hit one home run. He also fielded ground balls at third base.
“That was really fun,” Moran said. “It was nice to be on the field for the first time.”
Moran leaves Sunday for North Carolina, where he will begin his professional career Monday with Single A Greensboro.
This and that
• The Marlins placed reliever Chad Qualls on the paternity list Saturday and recalled Koehler from Triple A New Orleans.
• Redmond said that Turner would start the first game after the All-Star break, and Jose Fernandez would be placed at the back end of the rotation.
• Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich will be playing in Sunday’s Futures Game at Citi Field in New York.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Alvarez (0-1, 5.73 ERA) vs. Washington Nationals RHP Taylor Jordan (0-2, 3.45), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Monday through Thursday: No games — All-Star break.
• Scouting report: Jordan, a product of Brevard Community College, made his major-league debut on June 29 and is making his fourth start. Jordan was 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA in the minors this season when the Nationals promoted him.