Pop is still trying to become consistent with a new delivery after streamlining his mechanics during spring training, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports. "I got rid of my high leg kick that I had in spring training, so I was trying to find a suitable delivery kind of being quicker to the plate," Pop said earlier this week. "I got some inconsistency problems early on, so we're just trying to fix that and trying to be more consistent moving forward with the delivery. Once that's the same, it'll be easier to make pitches and [have] less missed spots."
The Rule 5 pick has had a rough start to his big-league career, posting a 9.95 ERA through his first 6.1 innings thanks to two homers, but Pop may have turned a corner recently as he struck out five batters over three perfect innings in his last two appearances. It will take a longer stretch of success before Marlins manager Don Mattingly begins considering him for high-leverage work, however.
Pop has made the Marlins' Opening Day roster, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
As a Rule 5 draft pick, the Marlins have to keep Pop on the active roster all season or offer him back to the Orioles. That gave him a leg up in the battle for a roster spot, but he seems to have won one legitimately, as he didn't allow an earned run in five innings of work this spring, striking out four while walking two and allowing three hits.
Pop topped out at 97.9 mph with his fastball, averaging 96.2 mph with the pitch, during a scoreless Grapefruit League appearance Thursday against the Cardinals, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
The Rule 5 pick hasn't given up a run over three innings this spring with a 3:1 K:BB. The Marlins have a lot of options for their bullpen, but Pop has put himself firmly in the mix with his performance, and his fastball/slider combo could earn him a high-leverage role and potentially even ninth-inning work down the road given the team's unsettled closer situation. Expect the 24-year-old right-hander, who has yet to pitch above Double-A in his career, to be eased into high-pressure spots early in the season if he does make the big-league roster.
Pop was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Marlins on Thursday in exchange for a player to be named later.
Pop was selected by Arizona during Thursday's Rule 5 draft, but he'll be flipped to Miami several hours after his selection. The right-hander could reach 100 mph with his fastball earlier in his career, but it's unclear where his velocity is following Tommy John surgery in May of 2019. He should be fully healthy heading into spring training and will likely see work in lower-leverage situations as he works his way back into game action.
The Diamondbacks selected Pop with the sixth pick of the Rule 5 draft.
Pop was originally drafted by the Dodgers and was traded to Baltimore in the Manny Machado trade. He had Tommy John surgery in May of 2019 and could touch 100 mph with his fastball prior to the surgery. This past September, Pop was back to "full go," so he should head to spring training without restrictions. The Diamondbacks will likely ease him back in low-leverage situations out of the bullpen in 2021.
Pop said Thursday that he is back to "full-go" after having Tommy John surgery in May of 2019, Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com reports.
Pop resumed light throwing back in November and says he is now throwing 94 mph during his bullpen sessions. Pop did not get an invite to the Orioles' alternate training site, but continues to work out at his home in Canada. The right-hander reliever remains a somewhat intriguing prospect after posting a 0.84 ERA across 10.2 innings with Double-A Bowie in 2019.
Pop is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
This is a tough blow for Pop, who had a 0.84 ERA and 9.3 K/9 in 10.2 innings with Double-A Bowie prior to suffering the injury. He'll likely remain sidelined until summer of 2020 after undergoing the procedure.
Pop is healthy and will start the season in Double-A Bowie, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Pop was traded to the Orioles as part of last season's Manny Machado trade. Across three levels in 2018, the reliever posted a 1.53 ERA over 64.2 innings. The 22-year-old will have to prove himself in Double-A before he can move up in the organization, but considering the low expectations for the club in 2019, his path to the majors could be expedited.
Pop is scheduled to resume throwing in the coming days, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Pop was shut down from throwing over the weekend after displaying diminished velocity in his first spring outing, but he's ready to pick it back up after taking a few days off to rest and recover. He'll open the 2019 campaign back on Baltimore's farm after spending time across three levels last season, posting a combined 1.53 ERA and 64:19 K:BB across 64.2 innings of relief.
Pop will ease off throwing after his velocity was down in his first spring outing, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Despite the concerning velocity, Pop was able to get through a clean inning against the Twins on Saturday, striking out one and not allowing a baserunner. Velocity dips can sometimes portend serious injuries, but for now the team apparently thinks the problem can be solved by rest.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/07||vs MIL||W 6-1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/05||vs ARI||W 8-0||1.0||0||0||1||0|
|05/02||@ WAS||L 1-3||1.2||3||0||1||2|
|04/25||@ SF||L 3-4||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|04/22||@ SF||L 0-3||2.0||0||0||0||2|
|04/17||vs SF||W 7-6||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|04/15||@ ATL||L 6-7||1.0||2||3||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||27.0||19||0||0||1||0||7||23||6||13||0.33||0.704|
|2018||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||16.1||11||0||0||0||2||0||24||7||12||2.24||1.180|