Nefi Ogando fits perfectly into the mold that a lot of young relievers are cut from these days. He throws hard, but lacks the control and secondary pitches that he needs to be truly successful. The Phillies tried to slip Ogando through waivers, but the Miami Marlins grabbed him off the waiver wire.
The 26-year old made his major league debut this past season with Philadelphia, pitching in four games, allowing seven hits, two walks and striking out two in his four innings of work. The result was a 9.00 ERA in his debut season. In the minors, Ogando was a combined 4-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 24 games with Double-A Reading and another 21 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Over six minor league seasons, Ogando posted a 3.80 ERA in the Phillies and Red Sox organizations.
The Phillies acquired Ogando from the Red Sox in September, 2013 for utility infielder John McDonald. Ogando is known as a power arm, who consistently throws in the upper-90s, but lacks any top pitch other than his fastball to get hitters out, especially at the major league level. He has also struggled with control at times, walking 4.4 batters per nine innings during his minor league career.