Despite only a month of baseball having passed, the Miami Marlins bullpen has already resembled a revolving door. Another player left and a new one came in today, as the team optioned lefty Cody Ege to Triple-A New Orleans while calling up righty Nefi Ogando.
Cody Ege had a rough first stint in the major leagues, pitching in five games totaling three innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, good for a 12.00 ERA and a 3.33 WHIP. Despite those awful numbers as a big leaguer, Ege showed plenty of promise in Triple-A last season, compiling a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings in the Marlins organization and a 0.85 ERA in 31 2/3 innings of Double-A ball while still in the Texas Rangers organization. Ege came over to the Marlins along with catcher Tomas Telis in exchange for reliever Sam Dyson at the trade deadline. Even with the discouraging first showing, Ege has a future as a lefty reliever. He could carve out a Randy Choate-type career.
Entering the revolving door just as Ege steps out is righty Nefi Ogando. Ogando was claimed off of waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies in December of 2015. Ogando has pitched 6.2 innings in the Marlins organization, all at Triple-A New Orleans. He’s allowed three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and only one walk. He’s been a strike thrower this season, but his career numbers show he can get a little wild. The Marlins are hoping he has figured something out and that his New Orleans numbers this year aren’t just a small sample size issue.
So far this season, the Marlins rank smack dab in the middle of the league with their 3.72 ERA. Shuffling through fringe arms to work through the middle innings could help make up for the sub-par start to the season from the starting rotation, which ranks 22nd in the league with its 4.78 ERA.