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Miami Marlins pitching prospect Nick Neidert was optioned to Triple-A Wichita on Saturday. Neidert showed his upside in Grapefruit League play before everything was shut down, and should be a solid fantasy contributor once he's brought up to work in the starting rotation. Neidert is one of the top pitching prospects in the Marlins system, but he still has a few things to work on before he makes a big league impact.
The Miami Marlins optioned outfielder Monte Harrison to Triple-A Wichita on Saturday. Harrison is one of the top position player prospects in the Marlins system and is very likely to make his debut at some point in 2020, assuming the season is played. Harrison should be a strong fantasy contributor once he works his way into a starting role and should already be picked up in deeper dynasty and keeper leagues.
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena fired five scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. He allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out three and also hitting a batter. Urena wasn't very good last year as a starter which led the team to try him in the bullpen where he was even worse. He's had a strong spring however, and may have worked his way back into the rotation. He's not worth much as a fantasy asset due to his low strikeout totals and previous (and likely future) struggles, however.
Miami Marlins non-roster inviteeBrad Boxberger is "close to a lock" to make the team and work in the Opening Day bullpen. Boxberger struggled mightily last season but re-worked his delivery, and besides regaining his velocity, he is throwing a pitch (an "alien curveball") that he hasn't thrown in several years. Boxberger could be a huge surprise in the Marlins bullpen and will likely start the season setting up for closer Brandon Kintzler. Things change quickly, however, and it's not too much to think that Boxberger could be closing games before long. He's worth keeping an eye on in holds leagues at the very least, and he'll be worth a late-round flier in NL-only leagues if you're speculating for saves.
Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro (oblique) has been cleared for activities and will begin doing, "some hitting, catching, etc." The report states that this will be a process that will take some time, but the team remains hopeful that Alfaro will be ready for Opening Day. If Alfaro starts the season on the injured list, Francisco Cervelli will begin the year as the starting catcher with Chad Wallach as his backup. If he does miss Opening Day, Alfaro is unlikely to miss much more time as long as he doesn't suffer a setback. He's a solid option in mixed leagues at a weak offensive position.