Carter Capps is Doing Something Brilliant

Carter Capps made his Major League Baseball debut just four days before his 22nd birthday, on August 3, 2012. For most players that young, you might assume that he was a highly-regarded draft pick out of high school, and worked his way up through the minors over the course of three or four seasons. However, quite the opposite was true – coming out of North Lenoir High School in...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez agrees to $2.8 million deal

MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.8 million contract for 2016, a big increase over his salary of $651,000 last year. The Marlins' other five arbitration-eligible players also reached one-year deals, the team said Friday. Fernandez returned from Tommy John surgery at midseason last year and went 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins avoid arbitration with Jose Fernandez, six others

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has agreed to a contract for 2016 and avoided arbitration, as did the team's other six arbitration-eligible players.Fernandez returned from Tommy John surgery last season and went 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts. The Marlins have so far resisted trade overtures for him this offseason.Also reaching contract agreements were shortstop...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez agrees to 2016 contract

MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has agreed to a contract for 2016 and avoided arbitration, as did the team's other six arbitration-eligible players. Fernandez returned from Tommy John surgery last season and went 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts. The Marlins have so far resisted trade overtures for him this offseason. Also reaching contract agreements were shortstop...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher Bryan Morris and Marlins agree to $1.35 million deal

MIAMI (AP) Pitcher Bryan Morris and the Miami Marlins avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract. The 28-year-old right-hander was 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 67 relief appearances last season for the Marlins, who acquired him from Pittsburgh in June 2014. Six Marlins were on track to exchange proposed salary figures with the team Friday: right...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Other Weapon In the Marlins Bullpen

Yesterday I wrote about Carter Capps, who last year was on his way to an almost impossible season before elbow trouble sent him off. The idea was to remind you of just what Capps was able to do over 30-odd innings, and in support of that, I noted that Capps had baseball’s most unhittable pitch if you set the minimum to 100 of a given pitch type thrown. That’s important — Capps’...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Baseball’s Freakiest Pitcher

We don’t talk a whole lot about minimums, even though we’re always using them. Sometimes the minimums are obvious, but other times, they’re completely arbitrary. For example, let’s use a minimum of 60 innings pitched last season. Going from there, you could say the Yankees have assembled something hilarious, when you sort pitchers by strikeout rate: Aroldis Chapman, 41.7...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Mychal Givens: Finding Potential Relief Aces, Part Two

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece outlining why I thought Carter Capps has the makings of an elite relief pitcher. This week I am taking my second crack at finding a player who has the makeup to dominate in the late innings. In my first attempt, I took the pure sum of the z-scores […]
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard was Aroldis Chapman for one night

That a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball gains velocity as he heads to the bullpen is not a new phenomenon. At this point, it is a strategy. When a pitcher cannot last five innings consistently or fails to develop a necessary off-speed pitch, the pitcher is sent to the bullpen to see if his stuff will “play up” in shorter outings, allowing him to air out the fastball...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins Mechanics: Carter Capps' delivery of misdirection

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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins season review: What went wrong? What went right?

The Miami Marlins entered 2015 with aspirations of October baseball. They got their wish, but only because the season didn't end until Sunday in Philadelphia. Despite high-profile trades and free-agent signings, things took a dark turn once the honeymoon of spring training ended.  It all began, one could say, when the Marlins Park roof remained open following the flyover on Opening...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Carter Capps, Adeiny Hechavarria close to return for Marlins

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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins notes: Carter Capps headed in 'right direction'

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins right-hander Carter Capps will throw a bullpen Sunday and travel with the team on its upcoming trip. Capps, who went on the disabled list Aug. 3 with a right elbow strain, was the setup man before the injury. He posted a 1.16 ERA in 30 outings, striking out 58 in 31 innings. "We're moving in the right direction," manager Dan Jennings said. "He should be with...
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September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

"My Journey" with Carter Capps

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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

'Marlins Clubhouse' season finale premieres Sept. 4 on FOX Sports Florida

MIAMI -- FOX Sports Florida, the statewide television home of the Miami Marlins, will be premiering an all-new episode of "Marlins ClubHouse" Friday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. before the Marlins LIVE pregame show. "Marlins ClubHouse" is a magazine-style show geared towards young baseball players ages 13-18. The show is hosted by FOX Sports Florida analyst and former Marlins outfielder Preston...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins notebook: Yelich hopes to return from DL to play vs. Pirates

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich hopes to come off the disabled list for Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yelich, on the DL retroactive Aug. 10 with a right knee contusion, planned on shagging flyballs for the first time on Monday -- the last test in seeing whether he is ready to return. "I tried to stay off it running as much as possible because...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins notes: Carter Capps throws bullpen, Giancarlo Stanton not ready for BP

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins setup man Carter Capps threw his first bullpen Tuesday since landing on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Capps said he felt good but had no idea when he would return. He exited an outing Aug. 2 when he experienced discomfort. "Went well, (pitching coach) Chuck (Hernandez) was pleased," manager Dan Jennings said. "I saw him throw flat ground and...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins place Capps on DL with elbow sprain, call up Ellington

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins placed set-up man Carter Capps on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain and called up right-handed reliever Brian Ellington prior to Monday's game against the New York Mets. Capps exited during the eighth inning of Miami's 5-2 walk-off victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday with right elbow stiffness and was initially listed as day-to-day. Although...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins reliever Carter Capps leaves game with elbow stiffness

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps exited during the eighth inning of Sunday's game with right elbow stiffness. He is listed as day-to-day. Capps, who struck out San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable before Yangervis Solarte reached on an infield hit, walked Matt Kemp on four pitches. He got ahead of Justin Upton at 0-2, but second baseman Miguel Rojas noticed something...
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August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Hopped up: Carter Capps emerges as elite reliever, strikeout machine for Marlins

A collective murmur -- followed by a corresponding eruption of cheer -- echoes throughout Marlins Park as the scoreboard flashes the velocity of the first pitch of the eighth inning. The Miami Marlins lead the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 during the final game before the All-Star break. Reliever Carter Capps' first offering to Eugenio Suarez just read 101 mph on the radar gun. This has become...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs' Hale takes issue with Capps' delivery: 'It's not fair to the hitters'

Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps' unorthodox hop-step delivery has been the subject of much debate this season, and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale thinks the league needs to further examine the legality of his pitching motion. After watching Capps strike out two of his players in a scoreless inning during the Marlins' 3-0 defeat of the D-backs on Tuesday, Hale has strong...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins reliever Capps doesn't want to talk about funky delivery anymore

Miami Marlins flame-throwing reliever Carter Capps has become the talk of the bullpen this season for his unorthodox hop-step delivery, but he would really prefer it if everyone grew accustomed to it already. "I talk about it every day," Capps told the Miami Herald. "I can't talk about the delivery anymore. I don't have to explain it. I'm just going out there and pitching." The jerkiness...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Carter Capps Has Become Baseball’s Most Unhittable Pitcher

Carter Capps allowed a three-run single on Tuesday. That’s both pretty bad and pretty weird. Three-run singles might be a post topic of their own, but the most interesting thing didn’t have anything to do with the play result. Before Xander Bogaerts ever swung the bat, Capps threw a fastball, and I’ll excerpt conveniently from […]
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts Solves Carter Capps’ ‘Funky’ Delivery In Red Sox Win (Video)

BOSTON — There were a few unusual aspects of Xander Bogaerts’ game-winning hit Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins. First, you hardly ever see a batter drive in three runs with a single. (Bogaerts said he hadn’t seen it happen since little league.) Second, hitters hardly ever are tasked with facing a pitcher like Carter Capps. Capps, a 24-year-old Marlins reliever...
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Gordon's inside-the-park homer helps Marlins beat Giants 5-3

MIAMI (AP) Major league batting leader Dee Gordon hit the first inside-the-park homer in the four-year history of Marlins Park, and the three-run shot helped Miami beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 Tuesday night. Miami's Justin Bour also homered, giving a welcome jolt of power to a team without injured slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Buster Posey hit his 12th homer for the Giants. He...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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