The Miami Marlins have a pretty good pipeline of pitching prospects which is starting to get recognition because of the great pitching that Jose Fernandez showed the world in 2013. The Marlins need to keep developing pitchers in the system to start to build a decent rotation and even a bullpen. The bullpen will come together sooner than later.
Right-handed reliever Nick Wittgren really progressed this season, earning a lot of attention from the media. Wittgren started the season in the Florida State League playing for the Jupiter Hammerheads. In 48 games, Wittgren posted an incredible 0.83 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP. Opponents were batting .211 against him as he recorded 25 saves before being promoted prior the the minor league season’s end.
Once Wittgren made it to the Southern League with the Jacksonville Suns, he continued to progress. Although he only pitched in four games before the Southern League came to a close, Wittgren did not allow any earned runs and he recorded one save. He did not allow a hit or a walk in those four games, which tallied four innings. Domination is the only way to describe Wittgren’s season.
Wittgren may not be a full-time closer in the majors leagues, but he could definitely become a solid eighth-inning guy. Miami seems to be dedicated to Steve Cishek after his name was mentioned in a bunch of potential trades this season. A combination of Wittgren in the eighth and Cishek in the ninth is something that could become a reality in the near future.
Wittgren will be playing in the Arizona Fall League in October.