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July 8, 2013

Transaction Analysis

One Less Marlin, and a New National

by Mark Anderson, R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh


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MIAMI MARLINS
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Acquired RHPs Angel Sanchez, Steve Ames, and Josh Wall from the Dodgers for RHP Ricky Nolasco and International Bonus Slot 4. [7/6]

The Marlins added three pitchers with varying degrees of arm strength. The top prospect in the deal is 23-year old right-hander Angel Sanchez. Sanchez has a chance to remain a starter, with three pitches that could all rate at least average. His fastball sits in the low 90s and bumps 94 with improving control, and his slider and changeup have both flashed average according to scouts in the Midwest League this summer. Sanchez still has plenty of development remaining but he has the ceiling of a no. 4 starter.

The Marlins also add two middle relief prospects in right-handers Steve Ames and Josh Wall. Ames drew plenty of praise after a lights out performance in the Double-A Southern League in 2012, and he was added to the 40-man roster as a result. He has continued to find success in Triple-A this year, firing fastballs in the low 90s and sliders that flash in the solid-average range. Both pitches can work at the big-league level but lack the crispness to miss bats in high-leverage situations.

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