The Cincinnati Reds set off some fireworks, or at least lit up a few dozen sparklers on the 4th of July. The team made a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, acquiring minor league pitchers Aneurys Zabala and James Marinan. In return the Cincinnati Reds are sending relief pitcher Dylan Floro, as well as minor league reliever Zach Neal to Los Angeles.
James Marinan was the Dodgers 4th round selection in the 2017 draft. He signed an overslot bonus worth $822,500 – which was more than twice the amount of the pick. The 19-year-old right handed pitcher has been pitching with the Arizona League Dodgers this season. He’s made three starts and allowed three runs in 10.2 innings, walking four batters and striking out 11.
The scouting report on James Marinan is that he’s raw, but talented. He’s been up to 96 MPH with his fastball, but sits in the low 90’s with good sinking action. He throws both a slider and a curveball, though neither stand out at this point in time. His change up is his best secondary offering. When it’s at it’s best, it’s a good offering. However, it’s still rather inconsistent.
He’s listed at 6′ 5″ and 220 lbs – giving him a starting pitchers body that ideally should be able to handle a workload of a starter. He will need to continue to develop all of his pitches, and work on his stamina as he moves forward.
Aneurys Zabala has been in the Mariners and Dodgers organizations since signing in 2014. He moved to the Dodgers organization in spring training of 2017 when he was traded for Chad De Jong. He’s pitched this season with the Great Lakes Loons, who play in the Midwest League (the same as the Dayton Dragons). He’s posted a 4.86 ERA this season in 24 relief appearances and 37.0 innings. Zabala has walked nearly as many hitters as he’s struck out, handing out 25 walks with 30 strikeouts this season.
Control has been an issue for the 21-year-old during his career. In 164.0 innings in the minors since 2014 he’s walked 108 batters with 136 strikeouts. What he does do well, though, is throw the baseball very hard. He throws in the upper 90’s with his fastball and can reach at least 101 MPH (he did so in Dayton earlier this season, while sitting 98-99). His breaking ball works in the 80 MPH range – give or take a few ticks.