Grant Dayton is a left-handed pitcher in the Miami Marlins farm system. In 2012 he started off the year pitching for the Jupiter Hammerheads then he finished the year pitching for the Jacksonville Suns. Dayton was drafted in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft but has quickly risen the ranks of Marlins top prospects as MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo lists him at No. 20 in the system and is No. 17 in the organization according to Baseball America.
Dayton was primarily used as a reliever in Jupiter after first being used as a starter. In 31 games with Jupiter he was 2-5 with an impressive 2.10 ERA. He struck out 71 batters and had an opposing average of .214.
When he moved to Jacksonville, Dayton pitched in seven games and was 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA.
Dayton is considered to be a bullpen guy rather than the starter that he was at Auburn. Dayton is described as a lefty specialist and the Marlins may look at him as a possible go-to-guy in the bullpen of the future.
Dayton was not apart of the September call-ups this season that included Tom Koehler, A.J. Ramos, Chris Hatcher and Daniel Jennings but might be part of the 2013 call-ups if he stays healthy and continues at his incredible pace.
The Marlins bullpen at this point could use someone like Dayton for the future. He could be the man of the future if the Marlins do not end of trading him away.
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