Despaigne allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings while striking out four in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
The right-hander began his outing with four scoreless innings before fading, with the big blow against him being a two-run homer by Bryce Harper in the sixth. Despaigne has bounced between starting and relief this spring with generally acceptable results, posting a 16:8 K:BB in 20 innings, and he remains in the mix for a rotation spot to begin the season. His experience in long relief could work against him, however, as the Marlins' other patchwork starting options don't figure to go deep in games very often, putting a lot of strain on the bullpen. Whichever role Despaigne fills, his career 4.72 ERA and 5.3 K/9 leave a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective.
Despaigne appears in line to break camp in the big-league rotation, Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports.
As Mish notes, Despaigne's current schedule has him lined up to start the third game of the regular season for the Marlins. Adam Conley, Dillon Peters and Jarlin Garcia were optioned to the minors on Friday, which allows the Opening Day rotation to come into focus a little. Despaigne, who has a 2.51 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 14.1 innings this spring, will likely be joined in the rotation by Jose Urena, Dan Straily, Justin Nicolino and Sandy Alcantara. This may be the worst rotation in baseball from a real life and fantasy perspective.
Despaigne struck out four over three perfect innings in Wednesday's game against the Nationals.
The 30-year-old is one of a cast of seemingly thousands competing for the three open spots in the Marlins' rotation this spring, but outings like this one will quickly separate him from the pack. Despaigne has never thrown more than 125.2 big-league innings in a season, but he did manage a semi-respectable 4.01 ERA and 1.39 in limited action with Miami in 2017, albeit with a poor 31:24 K:BB in 58.1 innings. If he does win a spot in the rotation, don't expect him to be anything more than a low-K innings-eater on a team that will struggle to win many games, which isn't exactly an exciting profile from a fantasy perspective.
Dan Straily and Jose Urena are the only locks to open the season in the Marlins' rotation, leaving Despaigne, along with 10 or so other candidates, to compete for the remaining three spots. He split time between Triple-A New Orleans and the Marlins last season, posting a 3.09 ERA across 70 innings for the Baby Cakes while notching a 4.01 ERA with the big club. The righty should be one of the favorites to earn a rotation spot thanks to his prior big-league experience and Miami's lack of quality options, but even if he breaks camp in the team's rotation, Despaigne likely won't offer much from a fantasy perspective given his career 4.72 ERA and 5.3 K/9 across four major-league seasons.
Despaigne (2-3) collected his second win of the season Saturday against the Braves by holding them to two runs on seven hits and a walk across seven innings. He struck out six.
There were plenty of men on base throughout the evening, but the right-hander managed to work out of trouble more often than not, keeping Atlanta off the board until his final inning of work. Saturday's start concluded a respectable month of September for Despaigne, whose ERA in 30 September innings now sits at 3.90. His control is still suspect and his strikeout numbers aren't good enough to make up for it, so the 30-year-old may have a tough time cracking the Marlins' rotation next season if everyone else is healthy.
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