JUPITER, Fla. -- At the time the Marlins traded Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers, the organization noted that the public should not overlook some of the Minor League pitchers obtained in the deal.
Burke Badenhop, a 25-year-old sinkerball pitching prospect, was viewed as a sleeper to watch when Spring Training opened. And the right-hander was impressive in Grapefruit League action, giving up three runs on nine hits in 14 1/3 innings this spring.
Down the road, the Marlins envision Badenhop being another quality arm that can help them either as a starter or reliever.
Until then, he will get some more Minor League seasoning. The Marlins on Monday re-assigned Badenhop to Minor League camp.
Also, middle infielder Robert Andino was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Marlins also placed five pitchers on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21. Sergio Mitre, Harvey Garcia, Anibal Sanchez, Henry Owens and Josh Johnson all are starting the year on the DL. All of them are expected to be out several months.
Florida now has 38 players in big league camp, meaning the Marlins have to trim down another 13 by their March 31 season opener.
Like a number of their top pitching prospects, Badenhop lacks a lot of experience above Double-A. He has a total of 402 Minor League innings, and he will either be in the rotation of Double-A Carolina or Albuquerque.
Andino, meanwhile, appeared in 17 spring games, and he hit .205 in 44 at-bats.
A second-round pick in 2002, the 23-year-old has the misfortune of playing the same position as Hanley Ramirez. Andino is seeing more time at second base, as well, but he is blocked there by Dan Uggla.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.