Marilyn’s family announced a series of A-list moves to reporters, including Daniel Alvarez Montes from El Extrabase. Outfielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. and player Jean Segura All of them were brought back from the injured list. player Jacob Amaya And player / player Garrett Hampson They were optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville on opposite moves. In addition, they claimed right-handers Eli Villalobos off waivers from the Pirates and assigned to Double-A Pensacola.
Segura returned after a barely short stint at IL due to a left hamstring strain, but Chisholm’s absence was more significant. He was shelved in mid-May after he injured his toe when hitting the wall while trying to catch him. The estimated timeline that was given at the time was four to six weeks and it’s now back at the long end of that window.
Prior to that injury Chisholm was trying to transition from second base to center field. Early reviews were mixed, with a score of three above average but an A -6 from Defensive Runs Saved and a score of -0.3 from Ultimate Zone Rating. It has undoubtedly been falling at the plate, with the .229/.291/.403 hit so far this year compared to the .254/.325/.535 line last year. Now that he’s back, he’ll look to get into a good groove offensively and continue to get used to his new position.
As for Villalobos, today he turns 26 and will be celebrating his birthday by joining his home organization. He spent his entire career in the Marlins system until he was granted waivers by the Pirates in April, but now he’s back with the Fish again.
He was originally placed on the club’s 40-man roster in November to protect him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. He earned that spot on the roster based on a strong 2022 season posting a 2.86 ERA in 78 2/3 innings pitched in the minors, displaced 32.7 % of opponents while he was walking by 9.4% of them. This season, his control seems to have gone out the window as he has a walk-on average of 20.6% between the two institutions, pushing his ERA to 5.73 on the year.
Despite recent struggles, it’s clear the Marlins are very familiar with Villalobos and will try to get him back on track. There won’t be much of a rush since he’s in his first year at draft pick and could remain a deep option in the minors for the next two seasons, though he’ll have to continue to justify his spot on the 40-man roster.
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