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Marlins call up Arquimedes Caminero from Jacksonville


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With a fastball that’s reached 100 mph, Arquimedes Caminero is a prospect who may profile someday to be a closer. Time will tell.


But for the 26-year-old, the time is now for his first big league callup.


The Marlins on Friday recalled Caminero from Double-A Jacksonville two days after reliever Steven Ames was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.


A Dominican Republic native, Caminero is one of the hardest-throwers in Miami’s system. At 6-foot-4, 255-pounds, he is an intimidating presence.


At Jacksonville, Caminero was 5-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 42 appearances. He has 68 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.


While he throws hard, Caminero hasn’t always consistently thrown strikes. For the Suns, he has walked 21.


The Marlins have been looking for candidates to work in the sixth and seventh innings. Ryan Webb, A.J. Ramos and lefty Dan Jennings are candidates. Caminero now likely will join them as he breaks into the big leagues.


If he progresses as expected, Caminero could work his way to an eighth inning setup role, which currently is being anchored by Chad Qualls and lefty Mike Dunn.


Steve Cishek has established himself as the closer.


In terms of pure stuff, Caminero may eventually emerge as a closer.


The organization’s philosophy on closers is they earn the job on performance, not projection.

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Caminero throws a slider and spitter in addition to bringing the heat.




I guess Craig Davis and his editor (does he even have one?) forgot how to spell splitter.


Or, maybe he's like the guy a few months ago who intentionally spit on the ball because he didn't know you couldn't do that.

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