Wednesday’s games in the Marlins organization included the much-anticipated debuts of Anthony Bender (MLB), Max Meyer (Double-A) and Dax Fulton (Low-A).
It’s an all-pitching episode. Ely Sussman shares his main takeaways from the professional debuts of Marlins prospects Max Meyer and Dax Fulton (3:15) and Anthony Bender’s well-deserved major league arrival (15:30), followed by a lengthy discussion about Miami’s improved bullpen.
Enjoy Episode 107!
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Dax Fulton’s debut (Low-A Jupiter)—3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 68 pitches, 17.6 CSW% against St. Lucie (Mets affiliate); 4 SB, 3 WP and 1 HBP allowed; based on MiLB pitch tracking, most of his missed spots were to the arm side (inside to LHB and away from RHB).
Max Meyer’s debut (Double-A Pensacola)—5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 65 pitches, 30.8 CSW% against Mississippi (Braves affiliate); only hit allowed was a hanging slider to a right-handed batter; finished his outing with a perfectly spotted fastball on the outside corner to a LHB.
Anthony Bender’s debut (Marlins)—1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 21 pitches; velocity maxed out at 98.8 mph and he threw the 9 fastest pitches of the game for either team.
Entering play on Thursday, the Marlins bullpen ranks seventh in the majors with a 3.46 ERA and 10th with a 3.82 FIP. Both figures represent extraordinary improvement from last season.
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