Marlins MiLB Roster Moves: 8/8/23

What can we learn from the flurry of minor league roster moves that the Marlins made on Tuesday?

As part of a news series, I’ll be writing an article whenever the Miami Marlins make a flurry of minor league transactions. That way, the audience becomes more familiar with the players involved and what consequences their new assignments may have on other prospects in the system.

Griffin Conine to AAA-Jacksonville

After spending close to two full years with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Griffin Conine earns the promotion to AAA-Jacksonville. In that time, he hit more career home runs than any player in Blue Wahoos history. This season, Conine is slashing .253/.370/.493/.864 with 18 home runs, 62 RBIs and a 126 wRC+.

The Jumbo Shrimp have a crowded outfield, but Conine should get a good amount of starts in the corner spots as well as DH. The concern with Conine is the strikeout rate, but thankfully, it is currently the lowest it’s been since joining the Miami Marlins organization.

Davis Bradshaw to AA-Pensacola

With Conine heading over to AAA-Jacksonville, that opened a spot on the Pensacola roster, which was given to Davis Bradshaw. This season, the Marlins’ 2018 11th-round draft pick is slashing .317/.387/.410/.797 with three home runs, 30 RBIs and a 129 wRC+, which is more than deserving of a promotion. He makes his Blue Wahoos 2023 debut on Tuesday where he is hitting ninth and is the designated hitter. Expect him to get some reps in the corner outfield spots, too.

Patrick Monteverde to AA-Pensacola

After allowing 13 earned runs in his last start with the Jumbo Shrimp, Patrick Monteverde has been sent back down a level to Pensacola. In just two games with Jacksonville, Monteverde had a 15.58 ERA and 10.06 FIP and gave up a total of 15 earned runs. It’s not so much that the Marlins are overreacting to a small sample, but they have to make room in Jacksonville’s starting rotation for Edward Cabrera and Ryan Weathers.

With the return of Eury Pérez to Miami, there is a spot waiting for Monteverde to show that his outstanding first half of the season was no fluke.

Javier Sanoja to High-A Beloit

Low-A Jupiter stats: .308/.356/.400/.756 with 57 RBIs and a 107 wRC+

A player who has received more attention as the season has progressed is Javier Sanoja. Playing primarily shortstop and center field this season, Sanoja played every single for the Hammerheads until now. He has put up a .308 batting average along with a 7.4% strikeout percentage this season. Just as Ely Sussman had mentioned a while back, Sanoja stands out because of his great bat-to-ball skills, and that is a big reason why he is making his way up to Beloit.

After the trade of Kahlil Watson to Cleveland, there’s an opening at shortstop for the Sky Carp, which is where Sanoja played in his debut on Tuesday.

Jacob Miller and Holt Jones reinstated from the IL

Jacob Miller 2023 stats: 4.65 ERA, 4.26 FIP, 7.08 K/9, 3.98 BB/9, 40.2 IP (FCL/Low-A)

Miller, who was the Marlins’ second-round pick in 2022, has had his ups and downs thus far throughout his minor league career. With the Hammerheads last season, he was great in the small sample size that we saw. Although Miller is sporting a high ERA this season, the FIP is a little bit lower, which gives hope that he will be alright.

Holt Jones 2023 stats: 8.05 ERA, 38.0 IP (FCL/Low-A/High-A)

Jones is one of the players who has struggled throughout his minor league career thus far, mainly due to control problems. Let’s see if the 24-year-old can get something going and eventually earn his way back up to Beloit.

Chris Mokma to High-A Beloit

Mokma has been at this next level before, but struggles haven’t allowed him to find a clear home. The promotion back to High-A is more about a team being in need of pitching than about Mokma having performed well this season, because that is not the case. This season, the Marlins’ 12th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft is sporting a 6.31 ERA through 35.2 innings pitched. When he was with Beloit earlier in the season, his ERA was over 10.

Other moves:

  • LHP Caleb Wurster transferred to High-A Beloit
  • RHP Collin Lowe transferred to Low-A Jupiter
  • RHP Jake Walters transferred from AAA-Jacksonville to AA-Pensacola
  • Tommy Nance beginning a rehab assignment with AA-Pensacola (previously was at Low-A)
  • RHP Jake Schrand placed on the 7-day IL (Low-A Jupiter)

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