Sean West is going to make his debut start today against the suddenly unstoppable Rays but he will offer the Marlins something they need more of – pitching that can generate outs without relying on defense.
Basically, he can strike out hitters.
At 6’8″ with a mid 90’s fastball, West has been seen as a big part of the Marlins future. Currently at AA Jacksonville he has shown that he can strike out hitters amassing 50 Ks in only 42.2 innings. He has 22 walks issued against 44 hits making his WHIP 1.55. It would probably be best to regard him as effectively wild at this point but with naturally great stuff he will have a chance to calm down the Rays bats. See his player profile here.
For the Marlins, a big problem has been their defense. They are currently ranked fifth in the league with the most errors (33), are ranked 26th in the league in fielding percentage (.979) but are fifth in terms of total chances (1573) of getting outs. Their low field goal percentage has attributed to their mounting losses. Perhaps West will give some relief to exposing the Marlins’ below average defense.
The Marlins game is scheduled to start at 7:10pm tonight and West will square off against Niemann who is 4-3 on the year.