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Rockies trade Jesus Tinoco to Marlins for Chad Smith

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Let the (abbreviated) trading season begin!

Tonight, the Miami Marlins announced they had traded right-handed pitcher Chad Smith for Jesus Tinoco.

Smith, 25, was an 11th-round draft pick (323rd overall) from the University of Mississippi drafted by the Marlins in 2016. He has not yet advanced beyond Double-A. His best pitch is a 93-95 mph fastball followed by a serviceable slider and a below-average changeup.

He has a 4.46 ERA with 10.0 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 149 13 minor league innings.

Tinoco, part of the 2015 Troy Tulowitzki trade, has struggled with the Rockies. He earned a 3.97 ERA in 34 innings at Albuquerque and logged 6.1 K/9 against 4.98 BB/9.

As Hayden Kane wrote of Tinoco in 2019’s “Ranking the Rockies”:

Tinoco made his MLB debut in 2019 and, in 24 appearances, he looked to fit that reliever profile. His fastball played up and he flashed real promise out of the bullpen, particularly in some long relief outings. As is typical for a rookie pitcher, Tinoco also struggled with command and walked too many hitters (5.5 BB/9). He also struggled with home runs, surrendering 12 in 36 innings of work, but as we know, every pitcher struggled with home runs this season. All told, he finished 2019 with a 4.75 ERA (110 ERA+).

The trade comes a day after Tinoco announced on Instagram the birth of his daughter, Lucia Valentina.

Tinoco’s trade opens a spot on the Rockies’ 40-man roster.

Look for additional analysis tomorrow on Purple Row.