When Major League Baseball’s 30 teams expand their rosters at the end of the week, the Miami Marlins will add both Lewis Brinson and Sandy Alcantara to the clubhouse.
The Miami Marlins will add Lewis Brinson and Sandy Alcantara – two players with Major League experience, to its expanded roster beginning next week. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reported the news on Sunday.
"“The Marlins haven’t fully decided on how many players will be added when rosters expand in September, but manager Don Mattingly on Sunday confirmed two rookies who project into the long-term plans of the organization will be heading to the big leagues,” Frisaro wrote."
Brinson was in the team’s Opening Day lineup against the Chicago Cubs. Alcantara look a little longer to make it to the parent club but won his only outing as a starter for Miami. He has since been on the disabled list and in Triple-A working on his consistency on the mound. Both figure to get playing time in the final month of the season.
For Alcantara, it’s a chance to once again prove he is the future ace of the Marlins pitching staff.
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The former St. Louis Cardinals prospect was the major puzzle piece in a trade that sent outfielder Marcell Ozuna to National League Central team this offseason.
Brinson was also a player that Miami acquired by trade when they sent Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the start of Spring Training.
The organization had high hope for Brinson, but it was curtailed by his injury. He has been on the disabled list since July 4 with right hip inflammation, and he currently is on rehab assignment at Triple-A New Orleans.
Brinson spent last week with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. the Marlins Double-A affiliate.
"“[Brinson] got a couple of hits last night, which was good to see,” Mattingly said. “But, it’s not always that you’re looking for results. It’s more about guys getting timing, getting comfortable, where you can get 12-14 at-bats and be OK.”"
The same can be said about Alcantara as the Marlins want to see what he can do in the few starts he may have left this season.
"“The 22-year-old, who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami’s No. 2 prospect, recently was optioned back to New Orleans after spending time on the big league disabled list with a right axillary (armpit) infection,” Frisaro added.”"
A successful last month of the season may make decisions about Miami’s rotation easier for Mattingly and the organization. There had been talk of the team shopping starter Dan Straily before the MLB Trade Deadline. It could mean the veteran becomes the subject of trade talks in the offseason.