4:13 pm: Miami cleared the active list spot by placing it Avicel Garcia In the 10-day injured list with a hamstring problem, Tweets Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Garcia had a rough first season in South Florida, coming in at just 0.230/.267/.316 with 357 board appearances.
11:30 am: Marlin plans to pick a player contract Jordan Groschensreports Craig Misch of the Miami Herald. Grouchance is not currently on Miami’s 40-man list, although they already have a job vacancy there. A corresponding movement will be required to get Groshans into the active list.
Groschance, 22, is a former first-round pick for the Blue Jays, being named twelfth overall in 2018. He played 48 rookie ball games after that draft and climbed to the top 100 in American baseball, coming in 89th in the 2019. Groshans then went to A-ball and mashed a tune of .337/.427/.482, although he was limited to just 23 games due to a foot injury. BA continued to believe in results and bumped it up to number 29 on their list until 2020.
After the pandemic wiped out the minor leagues that year, Grouchans came in 2021 after playing just 23 games over the past two years. He’s spent the year in Double-A and has shown a bit of rust, at least in terms of his racket placement on the ball, walking in 10.8% of his board appearances while knocking out in only 19.3% of them. However, a back injury limited him to 75 matches and seemed to prevent him from saving much power. He shot seven long balls in that time but still puts on a healthy hitting streak of .291/.367/.450, wRC+ of 124.
Heading into 2022, it slipped off the BA’s Top 100 list, but was still ranked fourth in the Toronto system. Their report praised his sense of strike zone and all-field approach, but raised concerns about his strength potential and his inability to stay healthy for an entire season. Jays Groshans has been in Triple-A for most of the year, managing to stay healthy but still struggling to bring in a lot of pop. In 67 games for Bison, he walked an average of 12.5% and hit only 16.5% of the time but only got past the fence once. This resulted in a slash of .250/.348/.296, wRC+ of 81.
Jays flipped Groshans into Marlins before deadline, and they got Anthony BassAnd the Zack Bob And the Edward Duran (as a player named later) in return. Since then, Groshans has played 31 games for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, scoring .301/.398/.416. This is a much nicer slick than he did in Buffalo, although it only includes two other local tracks, bringing his season total to three.
Groshans is currently listed as a potential #9 Marlins in Baseball America, #11 in FanGraphs and #12 in MLB Pipeline. All three reports highlight the strike zone’s quality work but raise concerns about power shortages. Whether his profile on the board is beneficial may depend on his ultimate defensive position. Groshans has primarily been a short-stopper in his career thus far, although he has also played elsewhere on the field. Since getting it, Marilyn has divided his time roughly equally between second, third and short. Most reports suggest he’s a better fit for Base Three rather than a Shortstop, which means he’ll need to take a step forward in the power department. Corner players are generally expected to offer more thumbs up than their midfield counterparts, which makes Groshans’ all-in-one package an unusual one at the moment.
For the Marlins, they entered the season with competition designs. Their show was in good shape but they knew they needed to improve the lineup, adding Jorge SolerAnd the Avicel GarciaAnd the Joy Wendell And the Jacob Stallings. Unfortunately, this four-pack didn’t live up to expectations, with many of Miami’s interior options struggling as well. The team as a whole notched .229/ .294/ .361 for wRC+86 and is No. 27 in the majors. This is a big reason why the club slipped to the record 58-83 this year and is out of the competition.
With about three weeks left on the schedule, the Fish can use that time to evaluate some of the younger players before deciding on their off-season attack plan. Groshans will transition to an indoor mix that includes Wendle, John BertieAnd the Brian AndersonAnd the Miguel RojasAnd the Garrett Cooper And the Charles LeBlanc. There is, too Jazz Chisholm Jr.He will not return this season due to a back injury, but will be his second starting player next year.
For Groschan, it is possible that the long absence from the pestilence and its injuries prevented him from reaching a good orchard and still thriving. He is also still only 22 years old, turning 23 in November, which gives him time to develop different aspects of his game. For the Marlins that have been looking for humiliation for some time, they will wish they could find this extra gear. With Wendell, Anderson, Rojas and Cooper all set for free agency after 2023, there could be plenty of opportunities for a long-term job if he does.