Friday, December 23, 2016

Project Durham Bulls #4

Jhan Marinez 2015-2016 Durham Bulls 

Marinez arrived in Durham after bouncing around between the Marlins, Tigers, and Dodgers between 2006 and the start of the 2015 season.  Marinez was actually involved in the Ozzie Guillen trade between the Marlins and White Sox moving to Chicago in exchange for the fiery manager.  Jhan actually started the 2015 season with the Double A Montgomery Biscuits before the Rays promoted him up to the Bulls at the end of April.  Marinez ended up having a great 2015 season with the Bulls making the Triple A All-Star Game.  He ended the season with a 1.92 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 61 innings, and five saves.  Marinez returned to the Bulls to start the 2016 season, appeared in six games and was called up to Tampa, but he was lost to the Brewers when they purchased his contract in early May.  While I never like to see players leave the Bulls, the Brewers allowed Jhan to pitch in 43 Major League games last year where he sported a 3.22 ERA and a 133 ERA+.  

The second 2010 Bowman Chrome card that I have had in my Project Durham Bulls posts, this card looks a lot better in person than the scan.  The reflective surface of the card makes for a poor scan, but you can see the autograph on this card a little bit better than the Robinson Chirinos card I posted a few weeks back.  Marinez actually has two autographed cards with this Chrome and another signature in the 2011 Bowman Platinum set.  The Platinum is a sticker autograph though, which made this an easy choice between the Marinez autographs.

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