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Miami Marlins links, 6/28/18: Next steps in the Process arrive

And all your Thursday Marlins links, ya’ll.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Miami Marlins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

It’s happening!

A day after fans found out Pablo López and his stellar minor league numbers would be called up, the Marlins gave even more reason to cheer:

In case you’ve forgotten, Alcántara is the Marlins’s top pitching prospect and was acquired in the Marcell Ozuna trade. Jeter himself addressed the media about the good news:

The media were abuzz.’s Joe Frisaro called the rookie pitchers “potential cornerstones”. The Sun-Sentinel gave a full rundown. Fox Sports Florida asked Alcántara about his career goal (way back in spring training, but still applicable):

It might be happening?

We are gradually building up towards full-blown trade rumor season. Unlike in 2017, the Marlins will be putting some very impactful veterans on the market (not just run-of-the-mill relievers).

“The Marlins have made it known to other clubs that they will consider offers” for Derek Dietrich,’s Jon Paul Morosi reports. Specifically, the Brewers inquired about him.

With Dietrich swinging a red-hot bat dating back to Memorial Day and demonstrating a willingness to play practically any defensive position, his value can’t get much higher.

There was also a game

Wei-Yin Chen pitched six innings of one-run ball, but the Marlins couldn’t muster any runs against Robbie Ray and lost 2-1. Starlin Castro had a game though, doing it at the plate and in the field.

Mattingly spoke on the loss and praised Chen:

The skipper also explained J.T. Realmuto’s absence from the lineup.

Have yourself a baseball-related adventure

We have been fortunate this month to host a series of guest posts from accomplished author and South Atlantic League expert Walter Triebel.

The first several entries of his article series focused on the Marlins’ Low-A affiliate in Greensboro. In Wednesday’s finale, he laid out everything that the surrounding North Carolina baseball cities have to offer.

In other news...

Garrett Cooper’s rehab is going well:

The team hired a new director of amateur scouting. Get ready for more initials!

Today’s game

The last game of the series with the D-backs takes place today at 12:10 PM. Trevor Richards (2-4) will face Arizona ace Zack Greinke (7-5).