August 28, 2020 10:52 AM
Nationals' Sterling Sharp: Returned to Nationals
Sharp was returned to the Nationals on Friday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
He was a top pick in the 2019 Rule 5 draft by the Marlins, but they opted to cut bait by designating him for assignment earlier this week and he went unclaimed. Sharp has some long-term potential as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter, but he had only made nine starts at Double-A and zero starts at Triple-A prior this season, so it's not a surprise he struggled (10.13 ERA) in a brief run in the Marlins' bullpen. According to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, he was added to the Nationals' 60-player pool, and the organization will likely continue to develop him as a starter.
August 24, 2020 04:12 PM
Marlins' Sterling Sharp: Designated for assignment
Sharp was designated for assignment Monday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
As a Rule 5 pick, another team could claim Sharp, otherwise he will be returned to the Nationals. He logged two scoreless outings to start the season but has given up six runs on six hits and five walks over his last 2.2 innings.
March 8, 2020 01:36 PM
Marlins' Sterling Sharp: Making strong case for bullpen spot
Sharp has a 1.29 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 9:3 K:BB through seven innings this spring.
Plucked from the Nats' system in the Rule 5 draft, Sharp hasn't looked overmatched at all so far this spring. The 24-year-old would need to stay on the 26-man roster all year if Miami doesn't want to have to offer him back to Washington, but he appears ready to provide useful middle-relief innings for the Marlins rather than needing to be hidden at the back of the bullpen and used only in blowouts.