Neidert struck out a career-high 13 and gave up one run on five hits and no walks over eight innings in his start Saturday for Double-A Jacksonville.
Neidert, the primary piece the Marlins received from the Mariners over the winter in exchange for Dee Gordon, has asserted himself as one of the top young arms in his new organization. The 21-year-old has posted a stellar 131:26 K:BB and 2.95 ERA across 125 frames at Double-A this season, showcasing the swing-and-miss stuff that he lacked during his prior four stops in the Seattle system. The right-hander seems unlikely to crack the big-league rotation in 2018, but he could be viewed as a starting candidate for the Marlins next spring.
Neidert, who was drafted by the Mariners in the second round of the 2015 first-year player draft, was one of the team's top pitching prospects and is the biggest name heading to Miami. After tearing through Low-A Clinton and High-A Modesto over the previous two seasons, Neidert struggled upon his promotion to Double-A Arkansas, compiling a 6.56 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 13:5 K:BB across 23.1 innings (six starts). He's still just 21-year-old and projects as a possible mid-to-back end rotation piece.
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