Still wondering if the Marlins got anything worthwhile in the Giancarlo Stanton trade beyond Starlin Castro?
Another chance to get a look at the club’s potential pitching future is coming during the All-Star break.
Jorge Guzman, the Marlins’ No. 3 overall prospect per MLBPipeline.com, will compete in the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 15 at 4 p.m. at Nationals Park. The game, which pits Team USA vs. the World Team will be broadcast live on MLB Network.
Guzman, a22-year old Dominican right-hander who’s been touted for his plus-100 mph fastball, will represent the World Team and will be the Marlins’ lone representative.
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The Marlins picked up Guzman along with Castro and middle infield prospect Jose Devers in the deal with the New York Yankees in December for Stanton.
Guzman, who has drawn comparisons to Aroldis Chapman for his powerful fastball, has shown improvement after a slow start this season at Single A Jupiter.
Guzman has pitched 59 innings, and made 13 starts for the Hammerheads this year. He’s compiled a 3.05 ERA with 56strikeouts and 35 walks.
After starting the season a little late due to a lat issue, Guzman has kept his velocity consistently in the high-90s and exceeded 100 several times while improving his command and off-speed arsenal.
Guzman’s strikeout-to-walk ratio has improved over his past six starts. Guzman has 34 strikeouts and 12 walks during that span. Over his first seven, he walked 23 and struck out 22.
Guzman is one of several pitching prospects the Marlins have acquired over the past year either through the offseason deals for Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon or via the 2017 and 2018 drafts.
Sandy Alcantara (Marlins’ No. 2 prospect) and Pablo Lopez (Marlins’ No. 19 prospect) each recently made solid debuts winning their first career starts.
Guzman still figures to be at least a year away from making a potential major-league debut, but could make a quick impact as either a starter or reliever.
Guzman got hit by a line drive on his left wrist (non-throwing hand) during a start on June 28 and exited the game after only 1 1/3 innings. Guzman returned to the mound on Wednesday and pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits, three walks and a home run.
▪ Devers, 18, is having a solid season playing shortstop and at the plate for Single A Greensboro. Devers, the cousin of the Boston Red Sox's 21-year old third baseman Rafael Devers, is hitting .281 with 12 doubles, four triples, 18 RBI and has 10 stolen bases. Devers could be in line to get a call up to Jupiter in the near future.
▪ The Marlins announced the signing of 40th-round draft pick Andrew Miller, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Kentucky. Friday was the deadline for players picked in this year's draft to sign a pro contract.
The Marlins reinstated outfielder Garrett Cooper from the 60-day disabled list as anticipated on Friday and optioned lefty pitcher Dillon Peters to Triple A New Orleans.
Cooper was the club’s Opening Day right fielder, but took only seven at-bats and played their first four games before being sidelined by a partial tear of the tendon sheath in his right wrist.
Cooper hit .333 with a home run, a double and five RBI in 11 rehab games in the minors before returning to the team on the current road trip.
"After about seven weeks I could do upper body workouts and could throw," Cooper said. "It took those first few at-bats seeing live pitching again. I feel good about the progress starting a month before that to now."
Cooper’s return gives the Marlins options at left and right field as well as first base plus a potential power bat to add to their lineup.
Although Cooper has yet to hit a home run in the majors, he has shown that power element in the minors. Cooper hit 18 homers combined at the Double A and Triple A levels in 2017 for the Yankees and 46 overall since starting his career with the Brewers, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2013 out of Auburn University.
Peters (2-2, 7.16 ERA in 27 2/3 innings) gave up four runs on five hits and walked two in Thursday night’s 14-12 defeat against the Nationals.
Saturday: Miami Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-5, 5.55 ERA) vs. Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (10-5, 2.16), 7:15 p.m., Nationals Park.
Sunday: Marlins RHP Trevor Richards (2-5, 5.26) vs. Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (3-10, 4.60), 1:35 p.m., Nationals Park.