On Thursday morning, the Miami Marlins claimed left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. To make room on the 40-man roster, right handed reliever Scott McGough was designated for assignment.
Jokisch will report to Triple-A New Orleans and serve as rotation depth for the Marlins. He started 14 games last season for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, posting a 5-4 record with a 4.37 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He had a low 5.01 K/9 and a relatively high 2.96 BB/9. He appeared in four games for the Cubs in 2014, starting one. He did very well in 14.1 innings, putting up a sparkling 1.88 ERA, but a 5.30 FIP shows that it was almost all luck-based. Jokisch doesn’t come with much upside, but he basically cost the Marlins nothing, so it’s by no means a bad move, simply one that likely has no effect on the team.
Meanwhile, Scott McGough will face the waiver process, and likely clear. Then, the Marlins will decide whether to outright him to Triple-A and keep him in the organization or simply release him to become a free agent. This process is necessary in order to remove McGough from the 40-man roster and free up that spot for Jokisch.
McGough appeared in six games for the Marlins in 2015, pitching 6.2 innings of 9.45 ERA ball. His minor league career has been filled with a lot of walks and not that many strikeouts. He and Jokisch have actually posted similar numbers throughout their minor league careers, only that Jokisch is capable of starting whereas McGough is strictly a reliever.