Marisnick was a part of the 2012 Blue Jays deal and was immediately touted as a 5-tool player for the Fish with potential. He did receive several call-ups, but was unable to provide enough offensive production to remain. Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich remained very productive and have stuck. So when the Marlins had a chance to add a young starter, with a controllable contract, they departed with Marisnick and Colin Moran to pull the trigger on the deal.
Wates may be seen as a throw-in but a closer examination offers quite a nice asset for the Fish.
Currently, he is rocking a .399 OBP with 31 SBs vs. only 5 CS. He swipes bags with great success and regularity, with 26, 17, and 15 the last three years. His OBP hovers between .366 and .431 and he has managed to bring down his K:BB ratio each season as well.
What kind of a player will he be at the next level? Hard to say. The Marlins love these speedy OFers (remember Chuck Carr?) in their system and often times, seem to overrate the skill set. That said, having Wates as a potential 4th OFer on this roster makes sense. He has the skills to play any OF position but also seems to have pretty solid offensive tools for getting on base and creating some havoc when he gets there. The folks at Climbing Tal’s Hill on Fansided seemed to like Wates’ approach and his plate discipline; they even entertained giving him a call up and a starting gig to see what he could do.
Basically, if things pan out for the Marlins, they now have a guy who can hit at the top of the lineup and play defense ready for the New Orleans Zephyrs who also may be getting a quick call-up to Miami soon. Most likely, Wates will finish out the season at AAA and get a late call-up to see what he can do – depending on where the Marlins are at in the standings at that time.