Head West, young man
The Zephyrs had a second member of their starting rotation finalized
today when the Marlins optioned left-hander Sean West to New Orleans.
West is another lanky pitcher in the Florida system, listed as
6-feet-8. According to Baseball America, he was the Marlins’ top-rated
pitching prospect entering last season, then went on to win eight games
at the Major League level, in addition to seven more with Double-A
Jacksonville. West is heralded for a fastball that touches 96 mph, and
two different sliders. He’ll join Ryan Tucker in the Z’s rotation.
Reliever Jose Ceda was also sent to minor league camp, as he was
optioned to Jacksonville. Ceda, who checks in at close to 300 pounds,
was a prized arm in an offseason trade two years ago from the Chicago
Cubs, but missed the entire season due to injury. He could pitch in New
Orleans at some point as he works himself back to full strength.
This afternoon in Jupiter, Mike Stanton continued his torried spring by
homering off Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano. It was Stanton’s third home
run of the spring, and he’s now hitting .333. Chris Volstad gave up
four runs in 2.1 innings, bringing his spring ERA to 9.82. The
prevailing thought is that Volstad is a front-runner for one of the two
available rotation spots, but with Rick VandenHurk, Clay Hensley and
Hayden Penn all pitching well, Volstad’s margin for error is shrinking.