Sandy Alcantara will represent the Miami Marlins at the All Star Game.
The 90th edition of the Major League Baseball All Star Game will be played on July 9th, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. It should almost go without saying, but the rosters of the American and National League are filled with literal all stars. Four of them are former members of the Miami Marlins organization. Brad Hand, Christian Yelich, J.T. Realmuto, and Luis Castillo will appear on the rosters of their respective leagues.
Representing the Miami Marlins will be right-handed starter Sandy Alcantara. Notably, Alcantara has been selected to fill the National League’s roster while Marcell Ozuna, for whom he had been traded, was not. Granted, Alcantara was only chosen because the office of Major League Baseball had to pick at least one player from each team. The Marlins also got Daniel Castano, Zac Gallen, and Magneuris Sierra in the aforementioned deal.
At 6’4″, 170 lbs., Alcantara cuts a slim, vaguely menacing figure on the hill, and has posted a 4-7 record this season with a 3.86 ERA over 16 starts. He’s one of only two Miami Marlins rotation pitchers to remain in the order for the full season thus far, along with Trevor Richards. As the only rookie in the rotation along with Jose Urena and second-year pitchers Richards, Pablo Lopez, and Caleb Smith, Alcantara is the only player on the Marlins to have pitched a shutout this year, or even a complete game.
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Alcantara opened this season with an eight-inning performance, when he struck out six and walked zero while holding the Colorado Rockies scoreless on four hits for a 3-0 Miami Marlins victory. On May 19th, he tossed a complete game two-hitter, walking one and striking out eight in a 3-0 victory against the New York Mets. Those two contests account for half of Alcantara’s four Quality Starts this season.
There are some who would argue that there were better choices on the Miami Marlins for inclusion on the all-star roster. Jorge Alfaro, Brian Anderson, Miguel Rojas, and Caleb Smith’s names were out there in rumor central before the official announcement yesterday. However, who better to represent the Marlins than someone who will likely be a part of their future building plan? Hopefully, this is the first of many selections for the rookie.
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