It seems that top prospects Jake Marisnick and Christian Yelich got pulled mid-game tonight. Twitterers @Thrill21 and @SmokiesonRadio suspect as possibility of either an AAA or big-league callup, although Marisnick was hit by a pitch.
Lending credence to the rumor is the Marlins’ recent 37-inning runless streak, mercifully brought to a close by a Giancarlo Stanton RBI double in the first inning in Colorado tonight. Nevertheless, the front office has got to be spitting nails after the three shutouts by NL Central cellar dweller Milwaukee. Bringing Yelich and Marisnick up might be the jolt that reignites the Fish into the second half.
Should the rumor prove accurate, both young prospects are going to look for space in a crowded outfield. The two obvious players to replace are Justin Ruggiano and Juan Pierre. Marcell Ozuna’s bat has been in a tailspin of late, so we could see the position battle fought in center field. It’s probably safe to guess that right field is off limits.
Look for manager Mike Redmond to do some fast and fancy juggling, Dietrich style, to sort out who is best suited for the regular job. Consistent offence is what’s needed, as always.
In other MLB news, some guy in Milwaukee is busy booking tee times for the remainder of the season.