Miami Marlins pitching prospect Zac Gallen once again is named the PCL Pitcher of the Week. It is the second time in three weeks he has has been honored.
If he keeps this up, Zac Gallen will be knocking on the Major League door of the Miami Marlins before the All-Star break. The only issue is the Marlins front office doesn’t have a place for the team’s No. 18 prospect and PCL Pitcher of the Week honoree.
While Gallen is mowing down batters at New Orleans, Miami’s Triple-A affiliate, it’s hard to get a read on when he may make his Marlins debut other than as a Sept. 1 call-up with the organization.
Right now, the only way Zac Gallen may see a major-league roster is if there is an injury or if the team makes a deal for a slugger and the New Jersey native is part of the negotiation. For now, Gallen is proving to be one of the team’s best acquisitions from deals made last offseason. While the pitching staff is young and growing, Gallen is showing off in a big way.
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Everyone is taking notice of his talents on the mound.
"Per the New Orleans Baby Cakes public relations staff, “It is the second time in the season’s first three weeks that Gallen has taken home the award, having also collected the honor from April 4-14 after allowing one run in 13 innings, including seven no-hit frames on Opening Day.Gallen is the second New Orleans pitcher to win PCL Pitcher of the Week twice in a season, joining Brian Powell, who also claimed the award twice in a three-week span in May 2001.”"
That’s an impressive stat given the arms who have made stops along the way in the Big Easy.
With every pitch he throws, Gallen is improving his worth to another team, as Joe Frisaro of MLB.com points out.
I have been told repeatedly there is no such thing as having too many good pitchers. In this case, I tend to disagree with the statement.
"“In five starts this season, Gallen has the PCL’s second-best ERA (0.81). The 23-year-old leads the league in innings (33.1), strikeouts (38), batting average against (.126) and WHIP (0.57),” the Baby Cakes staff announced. “He is in his second season in the Marlins organization after being acquired in a trade from St. Louis. He made 25 starts for the Baby Cakes last year, earning mid-season All-Star recognition after posting a 3.65 ERA in 133.1 innings.”"