Caminero gets first big league call-up

MIAMI — 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.

Ames, 25, was acquired by Miami from the Dodgers as part of the Ricky Nolasco trade in early July.

The right-hander made four appearances for Miami, and he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (two earned runs in four innings). He struck out four and walked two.

At the Minor League level this year, Ames is a combined 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 41 1/3 innings with 34 strikeouts.

Ames is a candidate to rejoin the Marlins as a September call-up.

Joe Frisaro

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