Arquimedes Caminero only pitched in 13 games during 2013 which was his first chance in the big leagues, but he enters 2014 with a virtual guarantee to be on the roster. The young right-hander was impressive striking out 12 in his 13 innings while only walking three. In all, opposing teams put four runs on the board against Caminero and half of those came in one game against the Washington Nationals.
After non-tendering Ryan Webb, who has since signed with the Baltimore Orioles, the Marlins find themselves needing a new reliable hard-throwing reliever. Caminero is going to likely be asked to handle those innings that Webb worked in 2013. Besides Webb, the Marlins also lost Chad Qualls, who has gone on to sign with the Houston Astros. Qualls was very effective for the Marlins in 2013 and picked up some big outs. It remains to be seen how reliable Caminero can be when pitching more than a baker’s dozen worth of games, but he has the stuff to succeed.
Caminero will be joined in the bullpen by Mike Dunn, Steve Cishek, Dan Jennings and A.J. Ramos with the latter being the most likely arm to work in a setup role for the closer, Cishek. There will be other relievers, but those spots will likely be decided by a competition in Spring Training as they were a year ago when Qualls won his role. If Caminero performs well and Ramos struggles, it’s entirely possible that Caminero will find himself working the eighth inning at some point. With a 98-mph fastball as part of his repertoire, he could even possibly get a save opportunity in games where Cishek needs a day off.
The Marlins are not likely to contend in 2014, but they should win more than the 62 they won in 2013 and Caminero figures to be a big part of those wins along the way.