The Miami Marlins have announced they have removed Sandy Alcantara from the disabled list and immediately sent him to Triple-A New Orleans to work on his control.
The Miami Marlins made the announcement on Monday. Sandy Alcantara, who was promoted to the Major Leagues prior to the All-Star Break, won his only appearance on the mound before being placed on the disabled list. The rookie is considered the team’s No. 2 prospect.
"“Before returning to the big leagues, the Marlins first want Alcantara to polish up his fastball command,” writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “Over the past month, he has been recovering from a right axillary infection.”"
Alcantara was the centerpiece of a deal that sent outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the start of Spring Training.
The Marlins took their time in waiting to bring Alcantara to the Majors, citing he needed time to work on his control, which at times has been wild. He was sent to Jupiter, the team’s High-A affiliate for a rehab assignment, which had mixed reviews.
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"“On the surface, Alcantara’s three rehab appearances with Class A Advanced Jupiter were respectable — 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and five walks. Beyond the numbers, Alcantara showed some rust by not consistently hitting his spots,” Frisaro pointed out.“In his last start on Friday against Palm Beach, the right-hander worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits while walking three and striking out four. Of the 84 pitches he threw, 51 were strikes.”"
It’s possible Alcantara could be part of the Sept. 1 call-ups. Where he would fit in the Marlins rotation is up in the air. Both Trevor Richards and Pablo Lopez have shown they can handle top shelf hitters and could head the staff next season, along with Alcantara.
The pitcher said he was impressed with how he progressed while rehabbing.
"“My second rehab start, I was able to get it up to 97,” Alcantara said through an interpreter. “This last one I had, I was in the 94-95 range. I’m not sure what happened.”"
During a bullpen session on Monday, the coaching staff watched and determined the 22-year-old took some speed off his pitches to be able to locate his spots better. It was then determined he needed to work on his control some more.