The Miami Marlins wasted no time on continuing the run of September call-ups, as the Fish finished today's 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs by bringing up four more players to the Major League roster. The Marlins promoted catcher Rob Brantly and three pitchers to the big leagues just one day after making three call-ups on September 1.
Rob Brantly was demoted to Triple-A after opening the 2013 season as the team's starting catcher. His batting and poor defense in 2013 had him first lose his starting job to eternal journeyman catching messiah Jeff Mathis, then lose his spot on the roster in order to get playing time in the minors. In Triple-A, Brantly fared no better, hitting only .186/.219/.271 (.223 wOBA) in 74 plate appearances. It is unlikely that he will upend Mathis as the team's starter at this junction, but he should get the occasional start versus right-handed pitching given that the Marlins need to allow him regular reps to practice both at and behind the plate.
The other important name that the Marlins selected was Brian Flynn, who will make his Major League debut as a starter this Wednesday in the series finale versus the Cubs. Flynn has been fantastic in the minors this season, posting a combined 2.63 ERA in 161 innings this year split between Double- and Triple-A, primarily in Triple-A New Orleans. He was expected to be one of the team's call-ups, as the Marlins needed a pitcher to replace Jose Fernandez in the rotation once he completes his final two starts. Flynn's success at the team's highest organizational levels made him the most obvious choice to replace Fernandez, and it would not surprise to see him make three or four starts to end the year.
The other two pitchers who were called up were Arquimedes Caminero and Brad Hand. Caminero made four appearances and threw four innings this year, striking out four batters along the way. He features a solid 94 mph fastball out of the bullpen with three other secondary offerings, but he has a well-known reputation for being wild and was old for his most recent levels in the minors.
Brad Hand was also an expected promotion, as the Marlins starter was actually playing decently in Triple-A New Orleans. Hand's track record with the Marlins includes a season in 2011 that was worse than his ERA suggests (4.20 ERA, 5.73 FIP) and some mediocre work at Double-A and beyond. He likely lacks any future on the roster, but with the team potentially shutting down Jacob Turner as well as Jose Fernandez, the Fish could use starting pitching depth for the final month of the year.