There are plenty of pitchers who can somehow sneak into the Miami Marlins‘ 25-man roster and get the final spot on the Marlins’ pitching rotation. There are at least six pitchers who could vie for the final spot in February and March which will make watching the Marlins interesting this spring. Even Anthony DeSclafani can be considered in the mix.
DeSclafani spent his 2013 splitting his time between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. Combined, DeSclafani went 9-6 with an impressive 2.65 ERA in 25 starts. He also had an 8.0 K/9 to go along with 115 strikeouts. DeSclafini will have a chance to show manager Mike Redmond why he belongs in the rotation over guys like Andrew Heaney and Tom Koehler.
There is no doubt that the competition for any kind of roster spot among the non-roster invitees will be at its highest. Miami is carrying 28 players all looking to fill in the final few spots that are not guaranteed to the youngsters already filling the Marlins roster. The New Jersey native DeSclafani has an outside shot, but because he only made 13 starts at Double-A, there is a good chance he could either start the season there or at Triple-A.
As of right now, there is no real room for DeSclfani on the roster. If he stays in Miami for his career, he could turn into a valuable reliever. With the way Miami’s roster is situated, another big fire sale is what the organization would have to pull off in order for him to crack the rotation.
At this point, it does not look like that is going to happen.