Take a look at the pitching depth the Miami Marlins have. Even if Jose Fernandez does not return next season, the organization could still keep its head above water in the pitching department. Aside from Fernandez, the Marlins have the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball in Andrew Heaney and a slew of other young kids to help the rotation significantly.
When you look at Anthony DeSclafani‘s first major-league start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, you must keep in the back of your head that DeSclafani was not only auditioning for the Marlins, but he was also making it known to other teams in baseball that he has talent.
Miami could easily trade at least two of its prized pitchers for another big slugger. After going six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out seven batters, DeSclafani made it known he is ready for the majors. He caught a break when Fernandez was hit with the torn UCL bug which results into Tommy John surgery. Now, his next few starts could be a primer to start the shopping of some of the pitching talent the Marlins have.
DeSclafani is not the only pitcher the Marlins have to offer. Justin Nicolino would be another top commodity for teams. He is in the top five prospect range in the Marlins’ farm system and could be just as valuable to trade as DeSclafani. Nicolino will get a call-up at some point this season to make his case.
Do not be surprised if July comes around and DeSclafani is part of a big trade.