Miami Marlins News: acquires RHP Woo-Suk Go, INF/OF Nathan Martorella, OF Dillon Head and OF Jakob Marsee from San Diego Padres in exchange for INF Luis Arraez and cash considerations

By J.Y. Mortimer

Head (No. 6), Marsee (No. 9), and Martorella (No. 13) rank among San Diego’s top prospects

May 4th, 2024
Luis Arraez Marlins 2B celebrates with teammates in game against Braves, 4 24 2024 (courtesy IMAGN, photo by Brett Davis, USA Today Sports)


MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has acquired Minor League prospects RHP Woo-Suk Go, INF/OF Nathan Martorella, OF Dillon Head and OF Jakob Marsee from the San Diego Padres in exchange for INF Luis Arraez and cash considerations.

Head, Marsee and Martorella are all ranked among San Diego’s top prospects, ranking No. 6, No. 9 and No. 13, respectively, by MLB Pipeline.

Go, 25, signed as an International free agent on January 3, 2024, after making 44 relief appearances for the 2023 Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) Champion LG Twins in 2023. Last year, he posted a career best 12.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and went 1-1 with 1 save in the KBO Postseason. He allowed just 2 home runs last season, facing 190 batters, and limited left-handed hitters to a .179 average. Over the last five seasons (2019-23) in KBO, he led all players with 139 saves over that span, and his 2.39 ERA was the lowest among all closers.

Martorella, 23, was selected by San Diego in the 5th round (150th overall) of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of California (Berkeley) where he slashed .283/.384/.458 with an .842 OPS over three seasons. The Monterey, Calif., native is the Padres’ No. 9 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline and is batting .294 (25×85) through his first 23 games at Double-A in 2024, with six doubles, two home runs, and 14 RBI, walking 15 times against 16 strikeouts. Over his first three professional seasons, the left-handed hitter has slashed .269/.373/.447 with an .820 OPS while making 135 starts at first base, 26 starts in left field, and one start in right field.

Head, 19, is listed as San Diego’s No. 6 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline after being selected 25th overall in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft out of Homewood-Flossmoor HS in Flossmoor, Ill. The left-handed hitting outfielder batted .484 with six home runs and 31 steals as a high school senior and was profiled with one of the most exciting combinations of speed and pure hitting ability among last year’s draft class. Head went 15×51 (.294) with 11 walks and nine strikeouts in 14 games during his first professional season in the Arizona Complex League in 2023. In 21 games to begin the 2024 season, Head has gone 22×93 with five doubles, two triples, one home run, and nine RBI with nine walks and 25 strikeouts with Single-A Lake Elsinore.

Marsee, 22, was selected by San Diego in the 6th round of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft out of Central Michigan University. Ranked as the Padres’ No. 9 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline, the 6-foot, 180-lb outfielder has slashed .258/.406/.413 with an .819 OPS in 182 Minor League games at the Rookie level, Single-A, High-A, and Double-A levels with 29 doubles, 5 triples, 20 home runs, and 62 RBI, drawing 145 walks against 145 strikeouts. Following his first professional season in 2023, Marsee played in 24 games with the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League where he led the league in runs scored (25), hits (36), doubles (12), and slugging pct. (.707), while ranking second in on-base pct. (.508), and third in average (.391, 36×92). He was named to the AFL Rising Stars team and was crowned the Arizona Fall League’s Most Valuable Player.

Arraez, 27, owns a .299 average (41×137) in 33 games with Miami this season, and has slashed .343/.384/.450 with 38 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs, and 74 RBI in 180 games since being acquired via trade from Minnesota on January 20, 2023. The left-handed batter won the 2023 National League batting title with a .354 AVG (203×574). Arraez set career highs in AVG (.354), OBP (.393), SLG (.469), OPS (.862), games played (147), hits (203), home runs (10), and RBI (69) last season. The six-year Major League veteran and two-time All-Star (2022-23) owns a .324 AVG (688×2124) in 569 games split between Minnesota (2019-22) and Miami (2023-24).

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