Manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters Sunday the team's front office is "actively looking" around the league for bullpen help. Until the Marlins make a deal, though, it looks like the team will continue to plug the leaks with minor league help.
The next two young arms on the bullpen try-out list appear to be right-hander Alex Sanabia and left-hander James Houser, who will join the team Tuesday in Baltimore and become the 16th and 17th pitchers to pitch in relief for the Marlins this season. Last year, through June 21st, the Marlins had only used 12 relief pitchers.
Sanabia, 21, isn't like the other young arms the team has brought up of late. He is the ace of the staff for Double A Jacksonville. In 14 outings for the Suns, the former 32nd round pick of the 2006 draft is 5-1 with a 2.03 ERA. In 84 1/3 innings, he’s walked 16 and struck out 65 -- the kind of strikeout to walk ratio the team could desperately use.
Houser, 25, was in Triple A New Orleans for the Marlins and is a former starter and 2003 second round pick of the Rays. The Marlins signed Houser to a minor-league deal this past winter. He went 0-0 with a 3.26 ERA with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings for New Orleans. He's likely going to help fill the role of long reliever.
Last week, Larry Beinfest, president of baseball operations, said the Marlins had several young options they were looking at in their farm system as potential bullpen arms on the big league club.