Left-handed starting pitcher Brad Hand has had a curious career with the Miami Marlins. He has been up, down and around the Marlins organization for the past three seasons, and cannot seem to find his own place with the club on the major-league roster. Once September hits, it will be interesting to see if the Marlins are going to carry Hand, who currently plays for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.
Hand started out with the Marlins in 2011, finally making it to the show. In 12 starts, Hand was 1-8 with a 4.20 ERA and allowed eight hits per nine innings. Hand’s inexperience pitching may have hindered his success since he was only 21-years-old at the time. Since then, Hand has only pitched in two games (one start) as the Marlins have tried to re-work his mechanics.
Now at 23-years-old, Hand has a chance to return to the Marlins when the rosters expand to a 40-man roster. This season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he has spent a majority of his time, he has gotten better. Although he has a 3-5 record, Hand has a 3.63 ERA. He also has 9.1 K/9, something he has also improved on this season.
The Marlins’ rotation is hurting, and Hand is not considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in the organization; but with a wide open door in the back of the future rotation, Hand can sneak into it with a few good pitching performances in September if his name gets called.
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