After Jose Fernandez was placed on the disabled list Monday and will miss the rest of the season after having Tommy John surgery, the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night announced that pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani will make his major league debut on Wednesday night in the final game against the Dodgers. Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel was among the first to report the news.
DeSclafani to start Wednesday for #Marlins. MLB debut— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) May 14, 2014
Andrew Heaney, one of Miami's several minor league pitching prospects, last pitched on Sunday and wasn't expected to be promoted because of his youth. The Marlins could have gone with options that were already on the roster, but both Brad Hand and Kevin Slowey have struggled upon being inserted into the starting rotation.
Desclafani, who pitched for Manager MIke Redmond in Single A while Redmond was a manager in the Toronto system, has gone 3-4 with a 4.19 ERA in eight starts at Double-A Jacksonville. In 43 innings pitched, he has posted a 3.17 FIP and has walked ten.
Miami acquired Desclafani in the twelve player trade with the Blue Jays. The Marlins are still looking for a quality start on the current roadtrip, and are confident Desclafani can thrive in his debut against a solid offensive team in Los Angeles.
"I know in Toronto, he was definitely a guy they didn’t want to lose," Redmond said. "He was kind of that guy they thought was under the radar, but obviously he wasn’t. I thought it was a great addition to that trade, picking him up."