Jhan Marinez made his way from the Rays to the Brewers via a waiver claim in May, and the shallow Brewers bullpen afforded Marinez a chance to shine. He ran with it, as he finished with a 3.22 ERA and 3.59 FIP over 58.2 innings as a reliever capable of going multiple innings. Marinez went at least two innings 11 times for the Brewers, and he gave up one or fewer runs in 10 of those 11 appearances. His 47:21 K:BB is underwhelming, but Marinez did an excellent job of getting ground balls (50.3 percent) and keeping the ball in the yard (just three home runs allowed all year). He has a big fastball, averaging 94.7 mph, but his only secondary pitch is a slider. Despite his lack of a changeup, Marinez held lefties to a .252/.325/.392 line -- if he can keep that up going forward, he'll have a long future as a middle reliever, particularly given his ability to eat up multiple innings at a time.
Marinez gave up a walk, hit, and earned run over 1.2 innings of work against St. Louis on Tuesday. Marinez has now thrown 7.1 innings for Milwaukee since being acquired from Tampa Bay on May 12. He's been productive with the Brew Crew as he's only allowed three walks and four hits while striking out 13 batters over his five outings. As long as he continues to put together solid outings like he's done so far, he'll likely continue to be a middle-relief option for Milwaukee going forward.
The Rays traded Marinez to the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for cash. Marinez was designated for assignment last weekend, and he ultimately found a new home with the Brewers. He has appeared in jus nine major league games, but he did strike out 74 batters over his last 69 innings at the Triple-A level and throws in the mid-90s, so the Brewers were willing to give him another shot in the big leagues. Expect him to work in middle relief for his new squad.
Marinez was designated for assignment following Saturday's game against the Angels. Marinez saw just three outings with the Rays, a total of 3.2 innings which resulted in an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 0.55. While those appearances weren't all that terrible, there's simply not enough room for the 27-year-old in the bullpen as Tampa Bay promoted Matt Andriese in a related move Saturday.
Marinez pitched a perfect ninth inning and notched a strikeout in Sunday's 8-1 victory over the Yankees. The 27-year-old right-hander enjoyed a successful 2016 debut after being summoned up from Triple-A Durham on Saturday in a corresponding move with Blake Snell's return to the minor league club. Marinez has shown some promise and consistency during his 2016 minor league stint, generating a solid 2.25 ERA and nine whiffs over eight innings of work. He was highly efficient Sunday, needing only nine pitches to dispose of Dustin Ackley, Brian McCann (whom he struck out) and Chase Headley. Marinez should continue to receive intermittent opportunities out of the bullpen, and the quality of the results are likely to play a integral part in his status once Brad Boxberger (abdomen) makes his expected mid-May return to the Rays relief corps.
Marinez had his contract selected from Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports. The Rays will bring Marinez back up to the big league club after optioning Blake Snell to Triple-A following his start Saturday. Marinez hasn't played at the major league level since the 2012 season when he was a member of the White Sox, and he struggled through spring training with the Rays this year. However, he has been competent at Durham since the season got underway, working a 2.25 ERA with nine strikeouts and a save over 8.0 innings. He figures to join the Rays bullpen in a lower-leverage role.