The Jhan Mariñez experiment is done in Milwaukee.
Today, the Brewers decided to designate Mariñez for assignment, likely ending his time with the Brewers. Marinez had pitched 16.2 innings so far this season, recording a 5.40 ERA and 5.05 FIP in 15 appearances. While his strikeout rate was decent at 7.56 K/9, his 5.94 BB/9 was worst on the team. He had mostly been used in mop-up duty this year, though didn’t give the team much of a reason to be used beyond those scenarios.
As a corresponding move, Brent Suter was recalled to fill the open spot on the roster. This will be Suter’s third stint with the Brewers this season. In 7.1 innings so far this season, Suter has recorded a 4.91 ERA and 3.69 FIP with the Brewers. Meanwhile, he’s posted a 4.11 ERA and 4.67 FIP with the Sky Sox in Triple-A. He’s also posted a 7.04 K/9 and 2.35 BB/9 in Colorado Springs, so the FIP may be a little inflated from two home runs he has allowed.
The Brewers bullpen has taken a lot of heat in the first month and a half of the season for many of the problems with the current team. Beyond a few relievers performing above expectations, most of the relievers have been struggling. Overall, the team is around the middle of the league with a 3.86 ERA & 4.13 FIP in relief appearances. However, their 11 losses is worst in the league, and their 142.1 IP by relievers is the highest among all teams.
The Brewers 40-man roster is now at 39 following Mariñez’s designation. The Brewers have 7 days to trade him, release him, or pass him through waivers and attempt to send him to the minors.
Statistics courtesy of FanGraphs