The Miami Marlins have seen a lot of surprising performances from new acquisitions this season. In total, 16 rookies have suited up and got into a game for the Marlins.
It may sound revisionist to say it, but I don’t think many of us were surprised by Sandy Alcantara‘s first major league start. The start for the Miami Marlins wasn’t his first major league appearance. He did appear in eight games last season as part of the St. Louis Cardinals, and struck out 10 in 8 1/3 innings.
After the Marcell Ozuna trade brought Alcantara to the Miami Marlins system, along with Daniel Castano, Zac Gallen, and Magneuris Sierra, Alcantara was rated as Miami’s #3 prospect. He moved up to #2 on the list after Lewis Brinson (another new acquisition) spent his rookie eligibility.
Fate and circumstance played into Alcantara’s first major league start, back on June 29th. Caleb Smith was lost for the season due to injury, and Dan Straily earned himself a five-game suspension for plunking a guy. With two unexpected open slots in the rotation, Alcantara and Pablo Lopez each made their first ever start at baseball’s top level in back-to-back games. They both earned victories. Lopez is now 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA and 20 whiffs in 23 innings. Alcantara made a side trip to the disabled list, with a right axillary infection. I looked it up by the way, axillary means “to do with the armpit.”
Alcantara did not disappoint in his start, earning a win by allowing one run in five innings of work. He walked five and allowed three hits while striking out two. The Miami Marlins placed him on the DL soon afterward, where he has waited patiently for the past three weeks and change.
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Tomorrow, Alcantara is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start with the Jupiter Hammerheads. The Sharks and the opposing team, the Fort Myers Miracle, will take Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium at 6:30PM. It’s unclear how long Alcantara will rehab in Jupiter, but he will join the Miami Marlins forthwith after completion, with no stop in Jacksonville or New Orleans.
Before joining the Miami Marlins this year, Alcantara was 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA for the New Orleans Baby Cakes. He struck out 64 in 85 innings over 14 starts, earning a 1.27 WHIP and holding opponents to a .238 average.
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