There is no arguing it, the Miami Marlins rotation is not the most ideal rotation that the team planned to have at the end of the 2012 season. The pitchers that the Marlins have are mostly young, inexperienced and have a lot of room for improvement. This should mean that the No. 2 spot to the No. 5 spot in the rotation are completely open.
Alex Sanabia is not a lock to make the Opening Day roster, but he will be a candidate to find himself in the running to become a starter in the Marlins rotation. He did not pitch for the team in 2012 and instead spent the year in Triple-A New Orleans. In 2010 and 2011, he got his shot with the team pitching in 18 games combined with a 5-3 record and a 3.67 ERA.
Sanabia had oblique problems last year and did not do well when he came back, going 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA.
“Everything I’ve gone through has definitely made me work harder so I can get back to where I once was,” he said. “I’ve always tried to take the positive out of the negative. Hopefully, I can give myself an opportunity to make the team or get a better look.”
Players like Jacob Turner and Nathan Eovaldi stand in his way of making the rotation. If Sanabia continues to have a successful spring, he could be on his way to the big leagues in April.