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Miami Marlins Call Up Reliever Carter Capps

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On December 11th, 2013, the Miami Marlins finally gave up on Logan Morrison. After putting up promising if unspectacular numbers in his first two seasons, “LoMo” was bitten by the injury bug and bitten hard. He only played in 93 games in 2012 and 85 in 2013. Some of those missed games were also due to a demotion to AAA New Orleans. Some thought this was partly due to his working his way onto the Marlins front office’s bad side through his use of social media, particularly Twitter. Whatever the ultimate reason was, whether it was on field or off, when the Marlins gave up on Logan Morrison, they traded him to the Seattle Mariners for right handed relief pitcher Carter Capps.

 

Capps came into Spring Training with a chance to make the Marlins and did not pitch particularly poorly, but there was no room for him in the bullpen. When starting pitcher Jacob Turner was injured, some thought Capps might get the call up to take the open bullpen spot created by Brad Hand’s move to the rotation. Instead, that call went to Arquimedes Caminero, who was quite impressive during Grapefruit League play. Caminero, however, was unable to translate those results into the games that counted. Caminero, 26, only got 14 outs over 5 games, giving up 6 hits and 7 earned runs in the process. He walked 3 batters and struck out six. All of that was good for a 13.50 ERA along with a 7.96 FIP, showing that bad luck was not to blame over bad pitching. These 4.2 innings were enough for the Marlins to option him back to AAA New Orleans, where he had started the season.

 

As Caminero was sent down, Carter Capps was brought up. In his major league career, Capps has a 5.04 ERA. He has 66 strikeouts and has allowed 23 walks. While his ERA is ugly, his xFIP is a very respectable 3.53, and he has struck out just over 10 batters per 9 innings (10.07 K/9). He has been throwing well in AAA, seeing action in 7 games and pitching 11 innings for New Orleans. In those 11 innings, he has managed a 1.64 ERA and struck out 17 of the 46 batters he’s faced, allowing only 6 to reach on a walk. Capps throws a fastball, slider, and curveball, and will very rarely mix in a changeup. His career averages (according to Pitchf/x data) show him throwing his fastball just over 72% of the time, his slider about 16%, and his curveball 9%. He only throws the changeup as 2% of his pitches. He throws his fastball hard, with its average velocity being 96.4 miles per hour. His main offspeed pitch, the slider, comes in around 84.8 with a slightly slower curve at 82.5.

 

Capps has always had good “stuff” and has had issues mostly with control. He will presumably take Caminero’s role in the bullpen, but with the way Marlins manager Mike Redmond has been handling his relief pitchers, who knows what that role will actually be.

Author: David Marcillo

David has been a Marlins fan since 1993. ’97 and ’03 were nice. Best of times, worst of times, mediocre times in between.

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