Right now, it does not look like anyone is deserving of the no. 5 starting spot in the Miami Marlins‘ pitching rotation. Tom Koehler refuses win games, Samuel Dyson has been relegated to long relief work, and Brian Flynn has allowed 17 earned runs in 18 innings over four starts for the Marlins. Flynn had only one start in which he lasted more than four innings. Things have not been good.
However, there is still a chance that Flynn could sneak in as the no. 5 starter next season while the rest of the options struggle at the end of the 2013 season. Right now, Flynn is the no. 6 starter in the Marlins’ 40-man team after Koehler. In the last few games of the season, Flynn could have one more start coming to him, and it will be his last chance to not only make the final roster in 2014, but to earn a starting spot over Koehler.
Adding Flynn could give the Marlins a stronger impact in games because he would be the second lefty in the rotation next to Nathan Eovaldi. Having another left-handed pitcher to go to and earning experience could only add another dimension for the Marlins in the future. However, Flynn is 23-years old and needs to start progressing before he finds himself in the bullpen for the rest of his career.