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What to expect from Miami Marlins rookie Cody Ege

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The Miami Marlins promoted left-handed pitcher Cody Ege to the major league roster on Saturday and he's already appeared in two games against the San Francisco Giants, giving up one run in one inning in his major league debut then coming in yesterday to pick up a strikeout against the only batter he faced. Ege is an under-the-radar prospect who has received little notice, so let's fix that.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa and raised in nearby Cherokee, Ege attended college at the University of Louisville and an excellent 2013 season in their bullpen (1.04 ERA, 52/12 K/BB in 35 innings, just 13 hits) got him into the draft picture. Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round, he pitched fairly well in 2014 (3.88 ERA but an impressive 76/17 K//BB in 63 innings in High-A) then opened 2015 in spectacular fashion, posting a 1.35 ERA with a 25/3 K/BB in 13 innings for pinball machine High Desert, then a 0.85 ERA with a 37/19 K/BB in 32 innings for Double-A Frisco. He was traded to the Marlins on July 31st as part of the Sam Dyson deal, then finished the campaign with a 15/4 K/BB in 12 more innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

Ege is listed a 6-1, 190 pounds, born May 8, 1991. As you may expect from his lack of press attention, Ege does not throw hard, his fastball generally in the 85-88 range with two and four-seam varieties. He relies a great deal on his slider and change-up. His lowish arm delivery angle adds some deception and looks tough on left-handed hitters; he's done a good job controlling them in the minors: they hit just .047 against him last year.

Overall, Ege projects as a LOOGY but could have a long career in that role. Here's a quick spring training look.

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